Department of Classical Studies

including Classical Civilization, Greek, and Latin

College of Arts & Sciences

1104 Moore Humanities and Research Administration




Hugh C. Parker, Associate Professor and Head of Department

Professors Shelmerdine, Soles

Associate Professors Heyn, Wharton

Assistant Professors Murphy, Zarecki

Visiting Assistant Professor Simmons


Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Classical Studies is to serve the educational interests of undergraduate and master’s level students, the local and statewide community, and the health of the national discipline, by preserving, transmitting and interpreting the achievements of the Classical World, and by adhering to the best practices of our discipline.

The Department of Classical Studies provides a comprehensive approach to the study of the ancient Greek and Roman world. The Department believes that students should have a solid foundation in the language, history, and culture of Greek and Roman civilization. To this end, the program is designed to ensure that all students gain proficiency in the Greek or Latin language, as well as a broad understanding of Classical literature in its cultural and historical context, the influence of Graeco-Roman civilization on the conceptions and values of Western civilization, and the methods of critical inquiry which are central to the discipline of Classical Studies.

The Department offers a wide variety of courses in English on mythology, archaeology, literature and culture, as well as courses in ancient Greek and Latin at all levels. Courses with a CCI prefix require no knowledge of either language; GRK courses require reading of texts in Greek and LAT courses require reading of texts in Latin.

Students also have an opportunity in the summer to visit Athens, Rome, and other parts of the Classical world, to participate in archaeological excavation, and to earn semester hours of credit through CCI 393, CCI 394, CCI 401, CCI 450, or CCI 455; GRK 393, GRK 394; LAT 393, LAT 394; or through Study Abroad Programs.


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