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Classical Studies Minor

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We study the languages, literatures, art, history, and culture of the ancient Greek and Roman world.

Total Credit Hours: 18

Classical Studies Minor Requirements (9 Hours)

Electives (9 Hours)

What You'll Study

Classical languages are the birthplace of Romance languages, as well as English. Studying classical languages and cultures like Greek and Latin will help deepen your understanding of many other languages. They provide insights to the source of language as we use it today. Much of current language and institution is based upon the models of classical culture and language.

Having a knowledge of classical languages and cultures makes you more prepared for fields including law, political science, medicine, history of science, anthropology, literary studies, history, linguistics, communications, and education.

At Virginia Tech, you will study the classical languages, compositions, literatures, and cultures.

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Beyond the Classroom

VT in Rome (and Switzerland)

Earn academic credit while studying the past, present, and future in Rome. This faculty-led program includes visits to historical sites, museums, lectures, guided tours, and readings.

Classical Studies Faculty Leaders:

Dr. Andrew Becker (
Dr. Trudy Harrington Becker (


You are encouraged to undertake independent study or undergraduate research with a faculty advisor. You can complete research through class assignments, in individual projects, or by working with faculty.


Contact Us
If you have questions about pursuing a classical studies minor, please contact:

Richard Phillips
331 Major Williams (0225)
220 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-5362