The Department of Classical Studies offers a wide variety of courses in the languages and culture of both the ancient world and modern Greece. Students may choose a major or a minor that emphasizes archaeology, classical civilization, or the language and literature of Latin and/or Greek (ancient or modern). While many of our courses involve language training, others are taught in English translation. We have close ties with other departments, including History, Philosophy, History of Art, Comparative Literature, and Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies. We encourage students to participate fully in the life of the Department and to use the Department’s many resources. We also provide many opportunities to pursue research, field work, and study abroad.
Internationally renowned for its scholarly excellence and its graduate programs, the Department of Classical Studies is also deeply committed to the education of undergraduates at the University of Michigan. Faculty and students work closely with the Kelsey Museum and its collection of antiquities and the Papyrus Collection in the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library.
Students may choose a concentration or a minor that emphasizes archaeology, classical civilization, or the language and literature of Latin and/or Greek (ancient or modern).
The Department of Classical Studies offers four programs within Classical Studies, and also co-sponsors programs in Classical Art & Archaeology and Greek & Roman History.
These are texts which have proven central to that great conversation known as human civilization. Except in very rare circumstances, every first year Honors student must elect one Great Books course in each semester of the first year.
Contexts for Classics is an interdepartmental faculty initiative founded in 2000 that aims to rethink the disciplines of Classical Studies from various critical, historical, and pedagogical perspectives.
The Department works closely with the Museum on various projects. To learn about the Kelsey, please click on the link above for more information.