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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.

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Whether it's a passion for languages, literatures and culture, a calling to serve others around the world, or simply a desire to be a better human, see why we choose Humanities.

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News & Events

Eleni Hasaki (Associate Professor Anthropology/Classics) coedited a volume with Martin Bentz (University of Bonn, Germany) titled Reconstructing Scales of Production in the Ancient Greek World: Producers, Processes, Products, People (2020). The...
Mar 5
The 2021 installment of the annual Lectio Vergiliana, a performative reading Lingua Latine (in Latin) of a portion of Vergil's Aeneid will take place on Friday, March 5 from 10am - 2pm. This event will feature students, professors, and anyone else...
Congratulations to Professor Robert Groves, who is a recipient of the 2020 Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Classics at the College Level! This award is conferred by the Society for Classical Studies (SCS), the North American professional...
Yunbei Xu, a double major in Classics and Anthropology at the University of Arizona, is a 2021 recipient of the SILLC Global Award. The SILLC Global Award provides funding for study abroad and accepts applications every year from majors in Classics...

Alumni News & Directory

Our Classics majors have gone on to exciting careers around the world in a wide variety of industries. See what you can do with your degree.
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