Major and Minor

Classics is the study of the language, history, literature, and art of the ancient Greek and Roman societies which are generally accepted as the models for our current societies. The great works of antiquity raise important questions about human nature and society, and are thus applicable to many modern-day issues including globalization, imperialism, the role of democracy, gender, aesthetics, and a host of others. Students of Classics are able to use their knowledge of the classical world by understanding how it has led to our modern day societies, drawing comparisons, and understanding the important lessons to be learned from the Greek and Roman societies.

Highlights of the Hopkins Program

The Classics Department offers a rigorous but flexible B.A. program, giving students strong grounding in the languages and cultures of ancient Greece and Rome while also accommodating a variety of interests in and approaches to the ancient world. Classes are small and students work closely with their professors and instructors. Beyond the basic requirement to study at least one of the two ancient languages, and to take a range of courses in ancient history, art, archaeology, and culture, undergraduate students may additionally have the opportunity to enroll in graduate seminars, and are encouraged to spend a semester or summer overseas in either Italy or Greece. The Johns Hopkins Archaeological Collection provides an extraordinary opportunity for undergraduates to work hands-on with ancient artifacts in a museum setting.


Sample First Semester Schedule
  • Appropriate level of Ancient Greek or Latin
  • A Classics introductory course (e.g. Ancient Greek or Roman Civilization course, Great Books or other course)
  • Related course in History of Art, Near Eastern Studies or Philosophy
  • French, German, or Italian
  • Elective S, N, Q or E course
  • Total 12-17 credits

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Skill Set

The “real world” skills you’ll develop with a major in Classics:

  • Interpreting historical ideas in a modern context
  • Evaluating translations and original texts
  • Presenting and debating arguments
  • Developing good articulation and persuasion skills

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