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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

On Thursday, May 6, members of the department and community joined together via Zoom for our annual Classics Awards Ceremony. The ceremony kicked off with inspirational opening remarks from Dr. Alain-Philippe Durand (Dean, College of Humanities) and...
Aug 16
Monday, August 16 9:00am—Reception for First Year Graduate Students – Student Union, Santa Rita Room 10:30am—Diagnostic Test: Greek (required for all First Year Students and anyone interested in serving as a GAT for GRK courses) – Student Union,...
Known among students and colleagues for the passion and enthusiasm he brings to teaching Classics, Robert Stephan is a recipient of the University of Arizona’s 2021 Gerald G. Swanson Prize for Teaching Excellence.   Stephan, an Assistant Professor...
In Spring 2021, the department began offering awards for outstanding undergraduate students of classical Greek. Students applied for the awards with short essays about why they chose to study this ancient language. Congratulations to the winners of...
In Spring 2021, the department began offering awards for outstanding undergraduate students of Latin. Students applied for the awards with short essays about why they chose to study this ancient language. Congratulations to the winners of the First...
Two professors in the Department of Religious Studies and Classics have been promoted, demonstrating excellent performance in teaching, service and research. Dr. Eleni Hasaki is promoted from tenured Associate Professor of Anthropology/Classics to...

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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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Andre Goodfriend
B.A.
Greek
1979
B.A.
French
1979
B.A.
Philosophy
1979
B.A.
Radio-TV
1979
Amelia Symm
B.A.
Classics
2020
Timothy Winters
B.A.
Classics
1979