Studying Classics at WashU
Our majors improve their memories and expand their minds through language work. They strengthen their analytical abilities through critical reading of a wide array of ancient sources, their research ability in projects of many kinds, and their writing and oral presentation skills through numerous methods on a daily basis. Majoring with us provides opportunities to study abroad, assist faculty in research, and pursue independent projects with faculty guidance. In recent years, we have had over forty majors and minors enrolled at once, and sometimes as many as sixty.
The department’s two major options, Classics and Ancient Studies, are both ideal opportunities to practice and polish the fundamental liberal arts skills while immersed in a fascinating and relevant subject and working closely with a vibrant faculty. The department feels strongly that the study of Greek and Roman civilizations encompasses more than literature alone and does not end with antiquity; rather, there are various aspects of antiquity and they all shed light on one's own time as much as the contemporary world illuminates the past. Accordingly, the student and the advisor will devise an individually planned program which will incorporate the totality of the student's interests in antiquity as well as in subsequent periods and other areas.
Every major completes a capstone experience, a flexible component of the major program that is described on this page.
All Classics and Ancient Studies majors and minors have access to our Undergraduate Study Room, located near faculty offices in Umrath Hall, Room 238. Umrath 238 also houses our department library. Additionally, students can find additional research resources here.
We have been pleased to award many of our most distinguished majors departmental prizes at graduation.