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Department ofClassics



Why Study Classics?

Classics in the broad sense is the interdisciplinary study of all aspects of the life and culture of ancient Greece and Rome and their Mediterranean context. Classics courses are offered in a wide variety of fields: art history, history, language (Greek and Latin), literature, mythology, philosophy, political science, and religious studies. Most courses are open to any interested student and have no prerequisites.

The Department of Classics at Santa Clara University encourages students to explore the Greco-Roman world not merely because of its “traditional place” in a liberal education nor for its antiquarian appeal. Rather, we believe that these ancient cultures articulated a unique vision of the human condition which remains viable today. Those ancient Greeks and Romans are alive and well, having defined a series of values which remain fundamental to modern American society. The study of ancient Greece and Rome thus also provides us with a foil for the serious reevaluation of the world we live in.

On the more practical side, the study of Classics requires the sharpening of language and writing skills, increases vocabulary, provides the tools for and practice at critical reasoning, opens up cross-disciplinary perspectives, and offers a comfortable environment for learning to ask uncomfortable questions. Santa Clara students who major and minor in Classics go on to careers in law, medicine, education, and business of virtually every kind.

Language Placement

For questions about enrolling in Latin or Greek, please contact Professor Daniel Turkeltaub.


Transcribing Hidden Knowledge from the Past

Classics major Max Gavenman ’22 transcribed religious artifacts from Latin to English and learned about life in ancient Rome in an internship through the REAL program.

Curtis Clark '98

From Greek and Latin to medical school and a career as a doctor.

Meet Abby Nairn '21

Senior Classical Studies major shares her hopes and exciting plans for 2021

When in Ancient Rome, Learn as the Imaginarium Learns

Classics Department teaches Latin with VR

    Contact Us

    Daniel Turkeltaub, Ph.D. Department Chair

    Melissa Sims, Department Manager

    Office: 408-554-5248

    Location: 874 Lafayette Street