Classics is the interdisciplinary study of the civilization of the ancient Greeks and Romans, including Greek and Latin language, literature, history, art and philosophy.
The heart of the Area of Concentration (AOC) in Classics is the intensive study of the two classical languages, undertaken with the goal of reading in the primary sources as quickly as possible. Beginning in the third semester of study, students will read great works of antiquity, both prose and poetry, in the original, including Homer, Herodotus, Euripides, Sappho, Ovid, Juvenal, Petronius and Plautus. In addition to developing linguistic abilities, these works serve as starting points for exploring the literary, historical and philosophical questions they pose.
For majors and non-majors alike, faculty in classics also offer a variety of courses and (more often) tutorials and Independent Study Projects (ISPs) on classical topics in translation. These include general surveys of Greek and Latin literature and classical mythology, and more focused courses in Greek drama, ancient epic, love and sex in the ancient world, and late antiquity. Tutorials and ISPs are designed with the needs and interests of individual students in mind.
For program requirements, click here for the General Catalog.
For course offerings, click here.
• Advanced Latin, Petronius, Satyrica
• Advanced Greek, Homer, Iliad
• Advanced Latin, Ovid, Metamorphoses
• Advanced Greek, Euripides, Cyclops
• Classical Mythology
• Greek Civilization
Sample Senior Thesis Projects
• Satire, Classical to Renaissance
• The Emperor Nero in Three Classical Authors
• The Underworld in Homer, Vergil, and Dante
• Ancient Greek Prostitution
• Jordanes’ Gothic History
• The Hero in Chinese and Roman Epic
Life After New College: Our Graduates*
In a survey of alumnae/i who graduated between 1996 and 2007, nearly 80 percent of respondents with AOCs in Classics indicated that they went on to attend graduate or professional schools. The majority of them were employed in education as well as financial and professional fields.
Alumnae/i in Graduate School
• Ph.D. candidate, Classics, University of California, Berkeley. Justin Boner ’05.
• Ph.D. candidate, Classics, University of Washington. Naomi Campa ’02
• Ph.D., Classics, University of Washington. Lindsay Morse ’00.
• J.D., Vanderbilt University. Morgan Smith ’00.
• M.A., Classics, Columbia University. Chris Blexrud ’06
• M.A., Classics, University of Florida. Robert Amstutz ’04.
• M.A., Classics, University of Georgia and M.A., Comparative Literature, Rutgers University. Brendan Rabon ’03.
• M.A., Museum Education, JFK University. Kerrick Lucker ’02.
• M.L.S, University of South Florida. Ana McGrath ’05.
• Graduate student at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas-Austin, Vanesa Botero-Lowry ’01.
Alumnae/i in the Workplace
• Associate Counsel, Forever 21, Los Angeles, Calif. Dana Arak ’98.
• Director of Marketing and Research at Generation Rwanda, New York City. Alexander Hague ’99.
• Guitarist, vocalist and writer for a number of well-respected bands including The Titans of Filth and The Buteos, Athens, Ga. Sam Grindstaff ’99.
• Teach for America. Vanesa Botero-Lowry ’01.
• U.S. Navy. Kali Rainwater ’05.
• Pharmaceutical benefits management, Tampa, Fla. Matthew Newton ’05.
*At New College, class year listed is the graduate’s year of entry.