Alumni Story

Why I Chose Classics

The understanding of cultures and society that I learned in Classics gave me a malleable set of skills to apply to my career.

M. André Goodfriend
B.A. Greek, French, Philosophy, Radio-TV 1979
Director, U.S. Dept. of State, Office of eDiplomacy

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The field of Classics examines the languages, literatures, cultures, art, history, religion, and material remains of the ancient Mediterranean world and their ongoing global impact.

One of the most prestigious degrees at the University of Arizona, Classics boasts a high number of top-performing graduates. Classics studies the ancient Mediterranean world from approximately 3000 B.C.E. to approximately 500 C.E., with particular emphasis on the civilizations of Greece and Rome and their reciprocal relations with the surrounding societies of the Near East, Egypt, North Africa, and Western Europe. This field of study incorporates, and is based upon, the scientific principles of philological and archaeological methodology. Within this context, the Department of Classics at the University of Arizona has a fourfold mission: 

  • To elucidate the languages and literatures, archaeology, history, and cultures of the ancient Mediterranean world through original research and new interpretation.
  • To integrate the results of these investigations into a comprehensive picture of the classical world through the publication and presentation of scholarly books, articles, papers, and reports.
  • To provide various services to colleagues and academic institutions in endeavors that require training and expertise intrinsic to Classics.
  • To disseminate its discoveries in interesting and accessible ways to students, colleagues, and members of the local community through departmental programs in Ancient and Modern Greek, Latin, Classical Archaeology, and Egyptology.

News & Events

You are invited to join Professor Sarah McCallum and other language enthusiasts to experiment with the art of Latin verse composition!  Drop in at one of the following Tuesday sessions, 5:00-6:00pm: September 17; October 1, 15, 29; November 12, 26;...
Image from the 1953 film Julius Caesar.
  The Cynthia White Travel and Study in Italy Award will be given in 2020 to students enrolled in a UA Classics course while participating in academic travel in Italy and/or study abroad programs in Italy. For more information, contact Professor...
Classics at the University of Arizona is pleased to provide Travel Grants to students enrolled in Classics courses through the Arizona in Orvieto (Italy) study abroad program in the 2020 Spring semester. With a generous grant from the Dorrance...
Ancient Greek Vase Painting of schoolroom scene, Teacher with scroll facing student.
The Department of Religious Studies and Classics is excited to offer support to students who would like to begin their study of Ancient Greek this year!   Greek 101 - Elementary Classical Greek will be available fully online during the Winter 2019...
Arizona in Orvieto, Summer 2020   In Summer 2020,  Classics faculty member Dr. Bridget Langley will be offering opportunities to study Classics through the Arizona in Orvieto (Italy) study abroad program.   The program dates in Italy are May 17-...

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