Why Classical Studies?

Do you wonder about the origins of ideas like democracy, freedom, or imperialism? Do the marvelous literatures of the Greek and Roman worlds speak to you in some special way? Are you fascinated by Greek theater or philosophy? Are you interested in Classical art and architecture? Did you take Latin in high school? Have you taken it at Ithaca College? Would you like to? Are you looking for the perfect minor to complement to your degree? If you answered "Yes" to any of these questions Classical Studies may be just the place for you.

Ithaca College offers students an opportunity to study the classical tradition from an interdisciplinary perspective. The classical studies minor focuses on the languages, literatures, and civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome, as well as the later classical tradition. Since many of the ideas and principles that emerged in the classical world are basic to Western culture, courses in classics apply to the study of almost all the liberal arts and sciences. Classical studies is of particular interest to students of law, literature, rhetoric and composition, communication, modern languages, history, politics, religion, music, art history, drama, and philosophy. For more information, contact the program coordinator.

There are three principal goals of the program: 1) Become proficient in Latin (or Greek); 2) Gain an understanding of classical traditions; and 3) understand how classical traditions have influenced, and continue to influence, developments in literature, art, politics, philosophy, and other areas of culture.

The requirements for the Minor include 1) Latin 200 or proficiency, Classical Mythology (LATN 250), 9 credits of core courses, and 6 credits of electives.

FALL 2019 Courses:

Classical Languages:

LATN 101: Elementary Latin I

LATN 200: Intermediate Latin

Core Courses:

ENGL 231: Ancient Literature

HIST 231: Ancient World: Greece and Rome


ARTH 111: Episodes in Western Art

ARTH 232: Architecture from Renaissance to Revolution

ENGL 109: Introduction to Drama

ENGL 219: Shakespeare

ENGL: 232: Medieval Literature

ENGL 271: Renaissance Literature

ENGL 311: Dramatic Literature I

ENGL 331: Studies in the English Renaissance

ENGL 368: Dangerous Women in Dramatic Literature

HIST 101: Foundations of Western Civilization

HIST 352: Monks, Heretics, and Scholars

JWST 201: Ancient and Medieval Jews

THEA 241: History of Theater I

Previously Offered Courses:

Core Courses:

ARTH 331: The Art and Architecture of Ordinary Romans

HIST 353: Ancient Greece

ARTH 219: Art s of Antiquity: Greece and Rome

HNRS 244: Slow Read: Iliad (1-credit)

ARTH 209: Introduction to the Roman World

CMST 326: Classical Theories of Rhetoric

PHIL 102: Greek Foundations

PHIL 201: Plato and Aristotle


ENGL 271: Renaissance Literature

THEA 331: Styles of Acting: The Greeks and Shakespeare

ARTH 217: British Art and Architecture I: 1066-1660

ARTH 216: Art in London

ARTH 235: Art in Europe, 1500-1800

THEA 331: Styles of Acting: The Greeks and Shakespeare

ARTH 221: Intro to the Medieval World

ARTH 222: Architecture from Catacombs to Cathedrals

ARTH 231: Northern Renaissance Art

ARTH 232: Invention of Art, 1500-1800

ENGL 373: Renaissance Drama

HIST 232: Medieval Civilization

HIST 352: Monks, Heretics, and Scholars

Matthew Klemm, Coordinator

If you have questions regarding the program, please contact me.

Research Opportunities!

If you have completed your Latin language requirement and are interested in working on a research project on Latin translations of Aristotle in the Middle Ages, get in touch with the Coordinator.