Classical Studies Major
Open the doors to ancient Greece and Rome by studying their cultures from ancient to modern times.
ROME AND SWITZERLAND
AVERAGE UPPER-LEVEL CLASS SIZE
Total Credit Hours: 120
Civilization Courses (18 hours)
Language Courses (18 hours)
General Education (up to 45 hours)
Free Electives (39 hours)
What You'll Study
Learn the cultures of Ancient Greece and Rome, while studying Latin, Classical and New Testament Greek. You'll explore mythology, history, art, architecture, archaeology, religion, philosophy, and literature from ancient to modern times. You'll take 120 credit hours for a bachelor of arts degree, including Virginia Tech's Pathways or Curriculum for Liberal Education (CLE). Choose from our available courses:
- Ancient Greek and Roman Mythology
- The World of Alexander the Great
- Classics and Gaming
- Women in Ancient Greece and Rome
- Ancient Folktale and Fairytale
- Later Roman Empire
- Ancient Cities
What is a Degree in Classical Studies?
You'll explore two ancient and influential civilizations, while learning the languages of each. Find disciplines including mythology, history, languages, and art.
Why Study Classical Studies Here?
Our interactive courses deepen and challenge your perceptions of these ancient cultures. We encourage undergraduate research and learning through our study abroad opportunities (including archaeological digs).
Beyond the Classroom
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.
As you complete undergraduate research, you'll have opportunities to submit your work to conferences and publish in peer-reviewed journals, including Philologia.
We encourage independent study and your undergraduate research with a faculty advisor, especially if you're planning to pursue graduate school.
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. You'll also have opportunities to gain field experience at archaeological digs.
Let the sights and sounds of the Mediterranean
be your textbook and earn credits towards your classical studies major.
With faculty drawn from diverse departments, we celebrate unique perspectives on classical studies. They're research topics include ancient magic, archaeology and art history, historiography, poetry, and modern engagement with ancient cultures.
We share a deep committment to undergraduate teaching, and our faculty have received many teaching and advising awards.
Careers and Further Study
What do I do with a major in classical studies?
Latin and ancient Greek have become building blocks for modern communication. The study of classics will sharpen your research and critical thinking skills. The study of classics will sharpen your research and critical thinking skills, preparing you for careers like these:
- Historical Artifact Conservator
- University Professor
- Marketing Account Executive
- Investment Analyst