In Classics, students wrestle with deep and fundamental questions that have shaped humanity, and studying the wellspring of Western thinking gives them a wider perspective and deeper understanding of the problems and opportunities that confront modern society.
As the original interdisciplinary field of study, students can approach Classics through a range of courses and interests—archaeology, art, art history, history, language, literature, philosophy, religious studies, and theology. Studying in the Classics enables students to engage with all of these disciplines and trains students to make connections.
The authors studied in Classics have engaged and challenged students for centuries — even millennia — and still have tremendous relevance to understanding humanity in the modern world. The epics of Homer, the tragedies of Sophocles, the philosophy of Aristotle, the oratory of Cicero, the prose of Livy, the poetry of Virgil, and the ideas of Lucretius continue to confront students with fundamental questions about what it means to be human and to live a good life.
The study of the Classics teaches analytical thinking, a solid memory, close attention to detail, and the ability to see the ‘big picture’ and small details at the same time.