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Classical Studies

Students majoring in classical studies learn the cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and the Near East. Combining history, art, archaeology, literature, religion, and philosophy, the program offers courses in ancient history, classical and Near Eastern art and archaeology, and classical mythology. The major provides an excellent broad background from which one can pursue a specific interest in the fields of ancient history, classical art, and archaeology in graduate studies.

Classical studies is a rigorous academic program that allows for the development of sharp analytical and critical thinking skills, along with an appreciation for art and culture. Research and writing skills are also fundamental.

Being such a wide-ranging interdisciplinary field, classical studies can complement almost any other major in a liberal arts education.

Alumni Spotlight


Liz Warkentin ‘06

After completing her bachelor of arts in classical studies and history at Elmira, Liz went on to complete her master of arts in Near Eastern archaeology at University of Toronto and her Ph.D. in ancient Egyptian history, the ancient world, and the modern Middle East at University of Memphis.

“My time at Elmira College as a classical studies major allowed me to explore many ancient societies not only in the classroom, but also “in the field”—by being given the opportunity to travel and work in England, Egypt, Greece, and Turkey during my time at Elmira. My focus in classical studies and history at Elmira provided me an excellent base for my graduate studies and began my venture into the world of academia on strong footing.“

Visit the College Bulletin for a full listing of Classical Studies courses and descriptions.

College Bulletin