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About the Program

Classical studies is one of William & Mary's five original departments. Studying the culture, history and archaeology of ancient Mediterranean civilizations provides a solid background for understanding modern cultures. You will also gain historical perspective, critical thinking and communication skills. The department offers specialized training in the Greek and Latin languages and in classical civilization for vocational or professional purposes. Language instruction in ancient Greek and Latin can reveal deeper meanings of classical texts and provides a basis for learning modern languages. Classical civilization courses provide a solid background for understanding modern cultures.

Focus Your Studies with a Concentration

Ancient Greek
Classical civilization
Classical archaeology

What Makes Us Different

  • Faculty Research

    Faculty conduct research that touches on almost every aspect of the ancient Mediterranean world: history, archaeology, art, literature, religion, sexuality and gender, identity and ethnicity.

  • Student Research

    Present papers at annual conferences, such as the Classical Association of the Middle West and South or the joint American Philological Association/Archaeological Institute of America conference.

  • International Partnerships

    W&M is an institutional member of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome, the University of Athens, Greece and College Year in Athens.

Applied Learning



Classical studies alumni have continued on to graduate programs including law school and medical school. They have also pursued careers in many non-academic professions, including pharmacy, banking, architecture, business, museum work and library science.

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Department of Classical Studies

Boswell Hall Room 324

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Courses Disclaimer

*Courses listed are examples. Course availability changes each semester.