Open the doors to ancient Greece and Rome by studying the languages, arts, and beliefs of history's leading civilizations.

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2 Student Organizations
Journal Electronic Antiquity
24 Average upper-level class size
What Is a Degree in Classical Studies?

You'll explore the philosophies and cultures of two civilizations, while learning the languages of each. Find disciplines including biblical sudies, linguistics, art, architecture, and history.

Why Study Classical Studies Here?

Our unique courses challenge your perceptions of the classical age, while helping improve your proficiency in the languages. We encourage undergraduate research and learning through our study abroad opportunities.

Beyond the Classroom

Strong Community

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Get Involved

Join Eta Sigma Phi, the Honorary Society for Classical Studies. You'll attend the annual Eta Sigma Phi convention, compete in translation contests, and be eligible for Eta Sigma Phi national scholarships. 

Stop by The Classics Club and enjoy movie nights, road trips, and the annual Saturnalia and Bacchanalia parties. You'll volunteer with local schools and participate in Virginia's Senior and Junior Classical League.

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Research

Undergraduate Research

As you complete undergraduate research, you'll have opportunities to submit your work to conferences and publish in peer-reviewed journals, including Philologia. You can also assist in editing and producing the Classical Studies online journal, Electronic Antiquity

We encourage independent study and your undergraduate research with a faculty advisor, especially if you're planning to persue graduate school.

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Study Abroad

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Study Away

Step back in time as you walk through Riva San Vitale, Switzerland. You'll trace Roman life and influence into local provinces. As you move into Rome, you'll explore sights like the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Piazza Navona.

Let the sights and sounds of Italy be your textbook and earn credits towards your Classical Studies major. 

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Outstanding Faculty

Expert Faculty
Faculty

With faculty drawn from diverse departments, we celebrate unique perspectives on Classical Studies. They're research topics include poetry, rhetoric, the Hellenistic world, ancient magic, excavations at Cyprus, and historiography.

We share a deep committment to undergraduate teaching, and our esteemed faculty have recieved the Alumni, Diggs, Sporn, Wine and International Initiatives Awards.

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What Our Students Are Saying

"I love classical studies. We preserve voices from the past, and those same voices resonate in the modern world. No matter what you intend to do after college, studying classics can help broaden and deepen your understanding of our world and cultures."

Chloé Benner, '15

"Being a classical studies major at Virginia Tech means that you are part of a family. Your teachers and peers are supportive and caring."

Rena Collins, '11, '12

Careers and Further Study