Classical studies is the interdisciplinary study of the societies of ancient Greece and Rome. Classical studies at Wesleyan offers a wide array of courses in languages and literature, archaeology, history, mythology and religion.

Classical studies students build strong analytical, critical and language skills. Students who major in classical studies often pursue careers in law, medicine, business, journalism, music, arts administration and museums.

What You'll Study

  • As a classical studies major at Wesleyan, you'll concentrate on Greek, Latin or a combination of both languages, with an emphasis on reading texts in the original.
  • Latin and Greek are offered at all levels. Introductory courses enable students to begin reading original texts by the second semester, and advanced courses engage with both ancient texts and critical approaches to those texts in modern scholarship. 

  • A minimum of 10 courses in Greek, Latin and classical civilization are required for the major, including six courses in Greek or Latin beyond the introductory level, one introductory ancient history survey and one classical civilization seminar.

  • Classical studies majors are encouraged to study abroad, usually in the junior year. Many study abroad programs provide opportunities to tour archaeological and historical sites in addition to coursework.
  • Students considering graduate work in classical studies should learn a modern foreign language (preferably Italian, French or German) and take courses in other subjects related to their particular area of interest (literature, history, philosophy, religion, art, archaeology).