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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

  In Summer 2022,  Classics faculty member Dr. Bridget Langley will be offering opportunities to study Classics through the Arizona in Orvieto (Italy) study abroad program.   The tentative program dates in Italy are May 20 - June 26, 2022, and the...
Oct 15
Surprising as it might seem, the teaching of Lingua Latina is booming, with more job openings than qualified candidates every year! Come hear from 3 UA Alumni, who teach Latin at the primary and secondary levels in Tucson and Scottsdale, as they...
The Department of Religious Studies and Classics is excited to offer support to University of Arizona students who would like to begin their study of Ancient Greek or Latin this winter!   GRK 101 - Elementary Classical Greek I and LAT 101 -...
Oct 20
Stories of transformation abound in our world—in mythology, folklore, literature and real life. Shapeshifters alter form, disguises alter appearance and journeys alter character. But over time, through telling and re-telling, stories themselves...
Cynthia White Travel and Study in Italy Award 2022 For students enrolled in a UA Classics course while participating in Study Abroad programs in Italy   Several Travel Awards of up to $800 are available for the following programs:   Explore Italy:...

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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