The subject of classical studies is the study of ancient Greece and Rome. This includes architecture, art, history, literature, mythology, philosophy, religion, and science.
The classical studies major is quite broad, encompassing language, history, and culture in its fullest sense. Clearly, classical studies students will develop and analyze basic knowledge about the ancient world, especially to gain an appreciation of its breadth and diversity.
Students will learn to think across traditional disciplinary boundaries, developing such linguistic skills as reading ancient texts in the original and such critical skills as researching, analyzing, and synthesizing diverse data from fields relevant to classical studies. Students will build on their training in classical studies to make connections to other academic disciplines.
If you begin Latin at Centre, you’ll be reading Roman literature well before the end of the first year. After first-year Latin, your classes typically consist of small seminars with an emphasis on discussion. If you choose to study ancient Greek, you’ll be reading the New Testament in your first year and Homer’s Iliad or Odyssey in your second year.
In addition to the study of ancient languages and literature, both in the original language and in English, majors take at least one ancient history course. Other courses concentrate on ancient cultures and mythology. The Classical Studies major also draws on courses offered by the art, drama, government, philosophy, and religion programs.