Department Details: Classics

13 Jan
Are those columns doric or ionic? Ask the Classics department!

Are those columns doric or ionic? Ask the Classics department!

The Classics Department offers a major in either Greek or Latin, or both ancient languages together, as well as courses of interest to all students, including Pompeii, the Age of Augustus, Ancient Epic, Greek Tragedy, Mythology, The World of Late Antiquity, etc. Believing strongly that the languages must be situated within their social contexts, we encourage student majors to explore offerings in Philosophy, History, Art History, Linguistics, Religion, Theatre, and Archaeology as well. Courses for the major are listed in the University Catalogue under the separate headings of Classics, Greek, and Latin, as well as in other departments offering related courses (History, Religion, Philosophy, Art, etc).

The wide scope of Classics, and its emphasis on close study, analysis, and critical thinking makes the field an excellent preparation for a wide range of professions. Recent graduates are pursuing a variety of careers including academia, law, medicine, journalism, consulting, teaching, and public service. The Department’s small size ensures that every major receives personal guidance and instruction throughout his or her years at Washington and Lee.

Study of the ancient world and its languages is a rigorous intellectual experience, and thus, an excellent preparation for any career. Recent Classics graduates of Washington and Lee can be found teaching in public and private schools, working on Wall Street, in art galleries, serving non profit organizations, pursuing graduate work in Classics and related fields (recent graduates have been admitted to graduate programs at Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, Rutgers, University of Georgia, University of Pennsylvania, Florida State, University of Texas, University of Michigan, Yale, and others), attending law school (Harvard, Washington and Lee, University of Virginia, University of Chicago, Columbia University, and others), in MBA programs (Duke, University of Virginia, and others) and in medical school (University of Georgia, University of Virginia, and others.). In short, Classics is an enriching background for life, as well as an excellent intellectual preparation for any future endeavor.

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