Why Study Classics at New College?

As a student studying Classics at New College, you have a chance to fully engage the rich and diverse nature of the discipline. From ancient languages and literature to classical mythology, drama, art, history, philosophy and culture, you will explore a wide variety of topics related to Greek and Roman life that shaped Western history and continue to influence modern society as well.

Classics area of concentration

Classics is the study of the languages, culture, history, and thought of the civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome. It is one of the most varied and interdisciplinary of all subjects, featuring a wide range of options. Students have the opportunity to study literature (epic, drama, historical writing, etc.), but they can also connect their study with history, archaeology, philosophy (both ancient and modern), religion, art history/criticism, and linguistics.

Whether you want to learn languages, read literature, explore the effect of the past on the present, or learn to apply science to arts, Classics has something for everyone. The study of Classics requires students to develop the analytical skills needed to understand ancient languages and engage in a range of disciplines.

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Area of Concentration Requirements

  • A high level of proficiency in ancient Greek or Latin. This will ordinarily be demonstrated by successful completion of six semester courses or the equivalent in either language, and by the equivalent of three semester courses in the other classical language as well.
  • A good general knowledge of classical literature, history, and culture. This will normally be demonstrated by successful completion of advanced language courses in Greek or Latin literature and of at least four courses, tutorials, or ISPs on topics such as Greek and Roman history, art, philosophy, mythology, and literature.
  • At least two semesters (or the equivalent) of a modern language. This requirement is waived for those pursuing a joint AOC.
  • A senior thesis. This might take the form of a critical analysis of a classical author or a study of a cultural problem in history, literature, or thought. In any case, a significant portion of the research should demonstrate the student’s capacity to use primary classical texts or artifacts.


Recent Theses

  • Ancient Greek Prostitution
  • Martyrs and Murderers: Women of Euripides
  • Oracles, Advisers, and Poets: Constructing Authority in Herodotus’ Histories
  • The Hero in Chinese and Roman Epic
    Complex Context in the Iliad: Epithets, Gnomai, and Paradeigmata
  • The Galli: Transgendered Priests of Ancient Greece, Rome, and the Near East

Careers of Classics Graduates

Assistant Professor of Classics
Hamilton College, New York

Adjunct Instructor of Classics
Elizabethtown College

Assistant Professor of History

Library Assistant II
South Florida State College

Latin Teacher
Out-of-Door Academy, Sarasota, Florida

SAMPLE PATHWAYS to complete AOC Requirements

These pathways show how you could complete the AOC requirements within four years at New College or within two years after earning an associate’s degree. Please consult with your academic adviser to determine the most appropriate courses for your area of concentration.