Classical Studies

Students encounter the ideas of ancient thinkers, study ancient history on the Acropolis in Athens, learn about the rise and fall of the Roman Empire and follow the adventures of the gods in mythology. Part of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Classical and Semitic Languages and Literatures, the program provides students with a greater understanding of the modern world by concentrating on the sources and values of Western civilization. 

Related Majors, Minors, and Concentrations

Many students select a double major or minor in archaeology, anthropology, English, biology (for pre-med) or history or political science (for pre-law).

What can I expect to learn in the Classical Studies program at GW?

Students are immersed in a variety of fields including Greek and Latin languages, ancient history, classical drama and mythology, and the influence of classical civilization on the modern world, especially in art, architecture and political and legal institutions. Students gain important analytical skills, such as critical thinking, persuasive writing and visual literacy.

What is the Classical Studies community like at GW?

Faculty members stress an interdisciplinary approach, and courses in the major may include classes in religion, political science, history, English and art. Coursework is enhanced by free lectures sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America and the Society for the Preservation of the Greek Heritage.

What can I do in the Classical Studies field?

A GW degree paves the way for careers in teaching, archaeology, museum work, publishing and library science. Learning Latin or Greek provides a powerful template for improving writing and mastering modern languages, in addition to being useful in medicine and law.