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About Classics

As members of the Classics Department at the University of Maryland, we pride ourselves on bringing the ancient world to life. Our subject embraces all aspects of the closely related cultures of ancient Greece and Rome: their languages, material culture, history, literature, religions, politics, and gender systems. We also study the reception of classical art and literature—the ways in which ancient works have been adapted, rethought, subverted, and emulated by creative souls in other cultures up to the present day.

We welcome students from many academic backgrounds to our courses in Latin, ancient and modern Greek, and classical humanities (classics taught in English). We offer undergraduate major tracks in classical humanities, Latin, or Latin and Greek; Masters degrees in Latin or Latin and Greek; undergraduate minors in classical mythology, archaeology, Latin, or Greek (ancient or modern); and a wide variety of courses that can be used to fulfill General Education and Global Engagement requirements. A high percentage of our students are earning double majors; they have chosen to combine Classics with (for example) the study of English or other languages, history, art history, philosophy, linguistics, even biology, physics, or engineering! A major in Classics is ideal preparation for law school, medical school, and graduate study in a wide variety of fields. We invite you to explore our programs and to read about the interests of our faculty, students, and alumni. We think you’ll discover that Classics can take you in many intriguing directions.