Classical Studies Major

It is often said that to understand the present, one must first understand the past. Classical Studies majors focus their academic courses on exploring the rich history of the world's earliest cultures and languages, and in doing so, prepare themselves to be the preservationists of and experts on modern society's foundation. Students of ancient studies go on to work in professions such as Latin language instruction, museum curation and education, archaeology, law, medicine, and technology.


At Saint Joseph's, majors have the opportunity to choose between two concentrations: classical languages and literatures or ancient cultures. Students in the classical languages and literatures concentration graduate with a strong background in Latin and Greek language and literature, Near East and Mediterranean history, and Bible and religious studies. By focusing on classical languages, these majors gain a greater understanding of English root words, a skill that benefits careers in law, medicine, technology and education. The second concentration, ancient cultures, is interdisciplinary and allows students to specialize in an area of their own interest.