Classical Studies

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Phone: 336.334.5703
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Majors & Concentrations

  • Classical Archaeology (BA) U352
  • Classical Civilization (BA) U354
  • Classical Language & Literature (BA) U357
  • Latin (BA) (High Sch Lic) U129

About the Major

  • The Classical Language and Literature concentration is designed to ensure a solid preparation in Greek or Latin (students may study both languages, but only one is required for this concentration) and to acquaint students with those works that form the origin of European literature, history, and philosophy.
  • The Classical Civilization and Classical Archaeology concentrations provide a solid and wide-ranging background for understanding the origin and development of our Western ideas, values, languages, institutions, attitudes, and art.
  • The Classical Studies minor complements majors in a variety of fields, including anthropology, art, English, foreign languages, history, philosophy, and religious studies.

What's Unique about Classical Studies at UNCG?

  • Special focus on undergraduate students provides many opportunities to interact with faculty inside and outside the classroom; students are able to get individual advising and career counseling.
  • Undergraduate licensure program for students interested in becoming high school and middle school Latin teachers provides opportunities for undergraduates and current teachers to interact.
  • Classical Studies library and study room is available for undergraduate majors.
  • The faculty teaching and research interests cover a variety of areas, including classical literature from archaic Greek poetry to Medieval Latin. Current areas of research include Aegean archaeology, mythology, Greek tragedy, Roman law, archaeology of the Roman Empire, linguistics, Greek and Latin pedagogy, and classical oratory.

Academic Clubs and Organizations

  • Classical Society (open to all interested students): recent activities include game night with the faculty and a trip to the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh for a special tour of the Egyptian Temples and Tombs exhibit with the curator and to the exhibit A Day in Pompeii at Discovery Place Museum in Charlotte. Each year Classical Society members put on Classics Day, a daylong outdoor event featuring Greek and Roman military demonstrations, Olympic events, the production of an ancient tragedy and/or comedy, a marathon reading of an ancient epic, and more.
  • Department Tea Talks: informal presentations by faculty about their ongoing research.
  • Lectures: sponsored jointly by the department and the Archaeological Institute of America and open to the public.

Student Opportunities

  • Undergraduate research opportunities, including summer archaeological excavation in Greece
  • UNCG in Rome, a summer study abroad program in Rome led by department faculty members
  • Museum internships


Careers: Sample careers of recent graduates: Latin teacher (middle and high school); high school English teacher; elementary school teacher; business sales (Automatic Data Processing Inc.); retail store manager (Kate Spade); staff member (North Carolina Zoo); librarian (Chicago Public Library); computer programming consultant (Keane Inc.); archaeologist (New World Archaeology Inc.); information systems manager (Lazar Industries); staff reporter (The Dispatch); reference librarian (UNCG); teacher of English as a second language (Korea, Japan, and Germany)

Graduates: Graduate schools of recent graduates: Ph.D. in classical archaeology (Cornell University); maritime studies (East Carolina University); archaeological heritage management (Boston University); Egyptology (University of Memphis); classics and M.A.T. in Latin (Tufts University); M.S./Ed.S. in education (UNCG); M.F.A. in drama (UNCG); Ph.D. in classical archaeology (Stanford University); M.F.A. in creative writing (UNCG); M.A. in classical archaeology (Florida State University); Ph.D. in classical archaeology (Bryn Mawr College); Ph.D. in classics (UNC at Chapel Hill); MLIS in Library and Information Studies (UNCG); Ph.D. in classical archaeology (University of Cincinnati); Ph.D. in ancient history (University of Maryland); law degree (Georgetown University); M.A. in anthropology (Colorado State University)

Professional Organizations and Accreditation

  • Member of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens
  • Member of the American Philological Association, the Classical Association of the Middle West and South, and the American Classical League
  • The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction accredited teacher education programs.

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