College of Arts and Sciences

Classical Studies

Undergraduate Program

In the undergraduate program in Classical Studies, students take many paths as they study the ancient world and its languages with majors in Greek, Latin, and Classical Civilization. Latin and Greek majors explore the literature, language, and culture of ancient Greece and Rome by reading ancient literature in the original language and exploring the traditions that influenced ancient writers. Majors in classical civilization study many different facets of the cultures of Ancient Greece and Rome, including their literature, mythology, history, art, and architecture. Minors are also available in these same areas.

Many Classics majors choose to study abroad or travel or participate in archaeological work around the Mediterranean. We are fortunate in being able to give scholarships, awarded in an annual competition, to our majors that support both study in Bloomington and travel to the Classical lands. In addition to department events, the Bloomington campus also offers a rich array of cultural opportunities, from an art museum with a fine collection of Greek and Roman art to performances at the IU Theatre and Opera, which often feature Classical works.

A highlight of the program is our Senior Capstone course for majors (CLAS C494), which focuses on a different topic every fall—early Rome, ancient sexualities, Roman family, the Trojan War, the Athenian aristocracy. Every year, a few students continue their research in an Honors thesis to earn departmental honors in Classical Studies. After graduation, many career paths are open to Classical Studies majors both in Classics and beyond.