The classical studies program at Saint Joseph’s University is designed for students who embrace visionary and interdisciplinary thinking.
What is a Classical Studies Major?
The classical studies department offers courses in Latin and ancient Greek, ranging from elementary to advanced levels. These courses may also be taken by non-majors to fulfill the non-native language requirements of the General Education Program (GEP). Advanced courses cover the works of major authors and all literary genres, featuring a comprehensive exploration of both language and culture.
In addition to courses in Latin and ancient Greek, you can also explore courses in translation that examine important aspects of classical antiquity, from mythology and religion to sports and material culture. The classical studies program features courses that explore the afterlife of antiquity and its reception in modern popular culture, in areas such as cinema.
The classical studies major features two concentrations:
- Classical languages and literature concentration
The classical languages and literature concentration is designed for students who seek to pursue a career as Latin teachers at the secondary education level or continue with graduate studies in classics or archaeology.
- Ancient cultures concentration
The ancient cultures concentration is interdisciplinary, featuring courses that complement those offered by other majors/departments such as history, theology and religious studies, art, philosophy, English, gender studies and the social and natural sciences.
What Can You Do with a Major in Classical Studies?
Classical studies majors are well-prepared to pursue careers as the following:
- Museum curator
- Latin teacher
In addition to pursuing successful careers, classical studies majors have also gone on to pursue graduate degrees in religion, ancient history, archaeology, literature and more.
Ways to Study Classical Studies
This program is available as a major and a minor. Many students decide to double major or add minors to their studies. Common additional areas of study include:
- Political Science
How Will a Classical Studies Major Prepare You for Your Future Career?
As a classical studies major at Saint Joseph's University, you will be challenged to research and analyze classical resources, formulate arguments and participate in intellectual discourse. You will also strengthen your reading, writing, research and analytical skills significantly, which is applicable to a wide range of industries and career paths.