Why Study Classics at New College?

Classics became “classics” because they set the standard to which artists, thinkers and political leaders still aim and by which we measure new work that claims a place beside them. At New College, our flexible academic program is the perfect match for this important field. By working closely with a faculty mentor, you will be able to develop a plan of study that meets your academic interests while providing perspective and insights into the origins and history of Western civilization. You will also develop the close reading, advanced writing and interpretive skills that will prepare you for a wide variety of careers.

The heart of our AOC in Classics is the intensive study of Greek and Latin in order to gain a better understanding of some of the Western world’s most influential literary works. Following a thorough introduction to each of the languages, you will move quickly to reading authors like Homer, Herodotus, Euripides, Sappho, Ovid, Juvenal, Petronius and Plautus in their original languages, and you will explore the literary, historical, philosophical and cultural questions posed by each.

For majors and non-majors alike, faculty members in Classics also offer a variety of courses, tutorials and Independent Study Projects (ISPs) on classical topics in translation. These include general surveys of Greek and Latin literature, classical mythology, and more focused courses in Greek drama, ancient epic, love and sex in the ancient world, and late antiquity.



[Did you know?]

Classics professor David Rohrbacher received the Award for Excellence in Collegiate Teaching from the American Philological Association.

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