Classical studies, or “classics,” refers to the study of the languages and literature of ancient Greece and Rome. These seemingly far-off worlds have had an enormous influence on Western civilization. Classical culture seeps into today’s philosophy, literature, law, politics, mathematics and many other fields. By studying the classics, you will be able to rediscover some of this glorious heritage, while also gaining proficiency in the Latin and Greek languages.
At Gordon, you will pursue classical studies alongside professors and peers who desire to relate their studies to their Christian faith. Together, you will think about such questions as “What does Jerusalem (the Christian church) have to do with Athens (ancient Greece and Rome)?” Gordon’s classical studies program has a strong track record of sending students to the Logos Conference in Oxford, a summer workshop on ancient biblical texts.
A classical studies minor will prove invaluable if you plan to pursue graduate studies in the humanities (history, English, foreign languages and philosophy, to name a few). A solid knowledge of the Latin language will also prepare you for a wide range of careers that require a good command of the English language, including:
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Take your interest in classical studies beyond the 20-credit minor requirements by creating a classics major through the Kenneth L. Pike Honors Program. Independent studies in upper level Greek (Homeric and classical) or in Latin are also available.
Pair your classroom learning with first-hand experience by working on manuscript projects. You'll use your language skills as you deal with original artifacts, and may have your name on a scholarly publication.
Bring your studies to life through short-term and semester-long study abroad programs:
The minor in classical studies is an excellent complement to your liberal arts degree; it enhances a major in biblical studies, philosophy or history, and also combines naturally with a major in English language and literature.
Interested in teaching? Gordon’s education department offers licensure in Latin and Classical Humanities for middle school and high school (grades 5–12).