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Human Behaviors, Cultures, Languages, and Literatures

Classical Studies

Bachelor of Arts


  • Oxford
  • Major
  • On Campus

Study the Past to Inform the Future

The major in Classical Studies draws on the study of literature, art, archaeology, history, political theory, law, medicine, and religion to understand the societies of ancient Greece and Rome in their broader Mediterranean context and their relevance to our culture today.

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Zara Torlone, Ph.D.

Departmental Advisor

Department of Classics

Irvin Hall 105

400 E. Spring St., Oxford, OH 45056


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Curriculum and Courses

Classical Studies majors are required to take classes such as Greek Civilization, Introduction to Roman Civilization, and Classical Mythology. You also choose remaining hours (6) from areas like art, history, language, literature, philosophy, and religion to make up an integrated study plan. Knowledge and course work in at least one ancient language is also recommended. Many classics majors are interested in other subjects and choose double majors.

  • CLS 212 Greek and Roman Tragedy
  • CLS 222 Race and Ethnicity in Antiquity
  • CLS 235 Women in Antiquity
  • CLS 332 Discoveries of Archaeology
  • CLS 336 Ancient Sexualities

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Career Options

A graduate of classics can offer an employer the ability to read, write, and think analytically about a broad range of human concerns. Potential career areas include law, journalism, library science, publishing, and teaching. With an additional proficiency in a modern language, a classics major would be a strong candidate for positions in international business and diplomacy. Many classics graduates decide to continue their education. Our Classical Studies degree provides an excellent foundation for advanced work in the ancient languages and literature, comparative literature, archaeology, religion, history, creative writing, business, mythology, philosophy, and the sciences. Professional schools of law and medicine are also options.

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Your college experience here will be one of the most exciting times of your life. To make sure of this, we’ll provide you with a powerful support system.

  • 90% First-to-second year retention

    Miami University Data

  • 21st Among Public Universities in the United States for Four-Year Graduation Rate

    The Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac

  • 96% of 2018-2019 graduates who were employed or furthering their education by fall 2019

    Miami University Data


Michael Bontempo
  • One thing I love about Miami’s Classics department is that the professors really care about less traditional aspects of classical studies. They go into great depth with groups and ideas that are traditionally overlooked.

    Michael Bontempo ’20
    Classical Humanities (now Classical Studies), Italian Studies

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