Chair: Professor Ronald Begley
Associate Professor: James Conley
The Department of Classics offers courses in Greek and Latin for students who wish to read, discuss, and enjoy the literature written in those languages. It also offers courses in Greek and Roman culture and civilization, as well as literature in translation.
A major is offered in Latin for students who plan to do graduate work in Classical or Romance languages or in ancient or medieval history, and for those who wish to teach Latin in the secondary schools or are interested in the cultural value of the classics. The following are the objectives of the program: to develop students’ ability to read and translate at sight representative works of Latin authors; to teach skill and style in Latin composition, conversation and prosody; and to develop an understanding of the lasting contribution of Greco- Roman civilization in our own culture.
A major is offered in Classical Civilization for those who desire to explore the culture of classical antiquity. In addition to presenting courses in drama, epic, etymology, and ancient history, the major invites students to cross disciplines into other departments, where they may consider the influence of ancient Greece and Rome in philosophy, religion, fine arts, and the humanities.
The department has enjoyed a long-term affiliation with the Rome Center, sponsored by Loyola University of Chicago. Students have both taken courses at the Center and utilized fantastic opportunities to travel to classical sites while enrolled within the city of Rome itself.