Students gain high-level competency in one or both of Latin and ancient Greek, and are exposed to a wide range of classic texts from the period. They complement their literary studies with courses on broader cultural themes in the classical world. In fact, many classical languages majors spend a summer, a semester, or even a year studying abroad—often in Rome or Athens—to study classical antiquity at its geographic sources.
Students in classical languages must choose a specialization in Latin, Greek, or Classics. Classics is the most popular specialization and requires upper-division hours in both Latin and Greek.