What is Classics?
The study of Classics is a balanced investigation into the societies of ancient Greece and Rome, two of the most enduring and influential societies in the western world. This interdisciplinary program embraces the Greek and Latin languages and the literatures, history, politics, religion, philosophy, archaeology, and art of Classical antiquity.
Why should I study Classics?
Classics is uniquely equipped to benefit its students. It pinpoints and offers insights into the perplexing problems that continue to confront any society and every individual. How does one cope with human mortality? What is the nature of human responsibility and justice? What is the relationship between one's individual privileges and one's public obligations? How should a society be governed? What leads to a society's prosperity and peace, and what to its violence and decline? How does a society's literature and art reflect and shape the beliefs, desires, and fears of its people? Classics is valuable not because its subject matter is old, but because it is timeless.
What careers will Classics help me pursue?
Classics graduates are adept and successful. Their broad and deep training enables them to be flexible, incisive, articulate, persuasive citizens. As a result, they are well equipped for many career paths:
- Arts and cultural management
- Library science
It is not surprising that routinely classics graduates are accepted into graduate programs throughout the United States, including not only advanced academic programs in the humanities and social sciences, but also professional schools of law and medicine. Admissions boards and prospective employers view their solid base of knowledge and analytical and communicational skills as a guarantee of self-discipline, ability, adaptability, and ultimately, achievement.
What can I study in the Department of Classics?
Students may major or minor in Classics programs at Duquesne. Majors and minors include Greek language, Latin language, or Classical Civilization (no ancient languages required). Latin or Greek may be taken to fulfill the College foreign language requirement. Students may choose from an impressive variety of Classical Civilization courses that treat Classical literature, history, and archaeology (original languages not required). Some of the more recent examples include:
- Classical Mythology
- Ancient Epic
- Ancient Theatre
- Love and Violence in Roman Poetry
- Roman Poetry
- Ancient Satire
- Greek History
- Roman History
- Jews under Empire
- Women in Antiquity
- Greek, Roman, and Medieval Mothers
- Introduction to Archaeology
- Roman Archaeology and Material Culture
In short, our curriculum is carefully designed to provide students with a diverse, valuable, and enjoyable program of study.
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