Classics is the study of the thought, art, and life of ancient Greece and Rome. The founding works of Western literature, history, and philosophy are its main subject matter, together with the languages - Greek and Latin - that enable students to approach these works in the original.
We offer a core of lecture courses and seminars that provide introductions to the major works of Greek and Roman literature, history, and philosophy -- all studied in English translation. Intensive introductory courses in Greek and Latin prepare students rapidly for reading in the classical languages; advanced courses in those languages are devoted to the close study of major Classical texts in the original.
Classics majors combine study of two ancient languages with courses and seminars (taught in English) on classical history, literature, and philosophy. Click here for requirements.
Middlebury is also fortunate to have the Classical Studies Program in which students can major as well. The Classical Studies Program is designed to offer a broad, rigorous, education in the classical world, and illustrates how the achievements of classical civilization form the foundations upon which so many disciplines are built. The interdisciplinary nature of the program is reflected by a teaching staff that includes faculty in the departments of Classics, History of Art and Architecture, Philosophy, Political Science, and Religion.
Unlike the Classics major which requires that students learn two ancient languages, a student majoring in Classical Studies focuses on one ancient language but pursues a wider range of courses on the classical world (taught in English).