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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

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Last week we held our annual Classics Awards Ceremony, which was broadcast live for the first time to our students, staff, and faculty. The ceremony began with inspirational opening remarks from Dr. Karen Seat, after which special thanks were given...
Maggie Camp and Robert Stephan have been selected as the College of Humanities 2020 faculty award winners.   Camp, Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies, is the Distinguished Undergraduate Advising/Mentoring Award recipient. Camp was also the...
Dear College of Humanities Students, Despite the ever-changing challenges posed by the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), the College of Humanities remains focused on two priorities for students: your health and your academic progress toward...
Three professors in the Department of Religious Studies and Classics have been promoted, demonstrating excellent performance in teaching, service and research.   Courtney Friesen is promoted from Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Classics...
Classics will be offering Intensive Latin and Intensive Greek in Summer 2020. For registration information, visit:   http://summer-winter.arizona.edu/ . Summer Session I, June 8 - July 9, 2020Intensive Latin 112 (Grammar and Syntax), ONLINE, 6 units...

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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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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