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

  The new minor in Ancient Greek requires completion of GRK 101-202 plus one additional 3-unit course with a CLAS or GRK prefix. The Department of Religious Studies and Classics is pleased to announce the launch of a newly designed minor in...
Nov 2
The College of Humanities invites you to celebrate the University of Arizona's 105th Homecoming.  Join us for our annual Young Alumni Brunch (with a mimosa bar!) while we enjoy remarks from our Alumnus of the Year, Dana Vandersip (B.A. in Russian,...
The 10th annual Tucson Humanities Festival features 10 events offering thought-provoking lectures, panels, readings and films by faculty and special guests, including poet and author Sandra Cisneros.   As new ideas develop and new technologies...
Nov 1
The College of Humanities invites you to celebrate the University of Arizona's 105th Homecoming. Mingle with fellow Humanities alumni at our twilight rooftop mixer and meet Humanities faculty, friends and the 2019 COH Alumnus of the Year, Dana...
Oct 17
Valerio Ferme, University of Cincinnati 4PM @ Oro Valley Town Hall 11000 N. La Cañada Drive While technology has led humankind on a search through space to evolve its ‘destiny,’ the basis for this exploration comes from the deep-seated desire of...
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;...

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Ashley Ewing
B.A.
Classics
2007
B.A.
Political Science
2007
Andre Goodfriend
B.A.
Greek
1979
B.A.
French
1979
B.A.
Philosophy
1979
B.A.
Radio-TV
1979
Gregory McNamee
B.A.
Classics
1978
M.A.
English
1980