Step into another world, and see it – and your own – from new points of view.

The field of classics is dedicated to the study of the literature, history, society, art, and thought of ancient Greece and Rome. Inherently interdisciplinary, it is grounded in the critical reading of Greek and Latin texts and examines all aspects of Greco-Roman civilization from multiple perspectives. As you explore the vibrant cultures of the Greeks and Romans, you will engage with different sources of evidence and modes of inquiry, develop a deeper understanding of these ancient peoples, and cultivate a new appreciation for the many ways in which their legacies continue to shape and reflect our experiences in the present day.

Discover Greece, Rome, and the ancient Mediterranean world. 

Learn more about the requirements for the minor in Classical Studies.

Learn more about the Classics faculty.

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Engage with Antiquity


Take advanced courses in the Hiram Jones Latin Library where you'll be surrounded by classical texts, Roman glass, terracotta, and bronze artifacts, and Republican era Roman coins. You’ll also have the opportunity to work with the Ottilia Buerger Coin Collection, one of the finest collections of ancient Greek, Roman, and Byzantine coins in the United States.

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Travel into the Past


Bring your studies to life by exploring the ancient world through one of Lawrence University’s study abroad programs in Italy and Greece. 

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Classics Studies Outcomes


The Classics program challenges you to develop critical skills and abilities for today’s fast-changing world, and helps you to cultivate habits of mind that can lead to success in a variety of career fields.

Placement & Language Requirement

Have you studied Latin before? Do you want to take further courses in Latin literature, or fulfill the foreign language requirement with Latin? Find out more about Latin placement here.

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Academics

Unbagging First-Year Studies

Martyn Smith, director of First-Year Studies, unbags the 10 works being used in First-Year Studies during the 2021-2022 academic year.

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Study Off Campus

IES Salamanca offers Spanish-taught courses focusing on Iberian culture, comparative studies of the Mediterranean Basin, and comparative studies of Spain and Latin America. The majority of students combine program courses with study at the Universidad de Salamanca. The program also offers education and political internships.

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