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Explore ancient worlds
Explore ancient worlds by diving deep into classical studies. You’ll uncover Greco-Roman culture and discover how these societies are intertwined with our world today. Historic texts and worlds that are removed in space and time will come to life and demand your attention. Your engagement in the classics will enhance your personal development and help you reach your professional goals. By pursuing a Classical Studies major that’s paired with a Latin minor, you will have a breadth of knowledge that can be used in a variety of fields.
The Classical Studies major provides a perfect opportunity to double major with a foreign language of your choice — French, Latin, or Spanish. As you dive into ancient texts, you will uncover how the Greco-Roman culture played a pivotal role in the development of various modern languages. Our intimate student-to-professor ratio creates a welcoming environment that allows for personal attention and discussion-based classes. Upon graduation, you will have gained invaluable skillsets such as:
- Appreciation of new cultures
- Ability to read, write, understand, and speak Latin
- Investigate different worlds and how they pertain to society today
- Think critically and analyze texts
Designed for motivated students
The Classical Studies major challenges students to investigate and explore old worlds through classical literature. This requires a passion and appreciation for other cultures. If you are curious, passionate, and intrigued by different people-groups, viewpoints, and ideas, we invite you to study classical literature with other passionate students.
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Outside the Classroom
Our engaging curriculum, coupled with outside the classroom opportunities, will enhance your educational experience. What you learn in the classroom will come to life through exciting trips, group activities, and more.
Meet Our Professors
Faculty and Staff
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Assistant Professor of History
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures and Director of Classical Studies
Dr. Erin McClenathan
Assistant Professor of Art
Professor of Religion
Professor of Philosophy
Associate Professor of Religion
I am grateful for my experience in the Classical Studies program, which immersed me in the same literature and language as the greatest innovators and thinkers. The program equipped me to think critically, argue (in the classical sense), and communicate comprehensively. The lessons I learned and the insights I gleaned have magnified my passion for lifelong learning and continue to benefit me in my professional career.
Raejan Noh, Classical Studies, English, Latin ’20, Content Marketer and Ghostwriter
Mercer’s rewarding and challenging Classical Studies program helped tune my eye for detail and created a foundation for a meticulous work ethic, which has been an invaluable quality in my professional career. Thought-provoking discussions and presentations introduced me to a wide range of ideas, which has helped me better understand my professional experiences and relate more effectively with my coworkers.
Austin Bass, '18, Classical Studies