Classics is the study of the civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome (c. 900 BCE to 500 CE): their languages, literatures, history, philosophy, art, and ways of life. The Department of Classics offers
a wide variety of courses, geared at students with different interests and at all levels of preparation. These include courses on ancient civilization in all its diversity, classes on ancient literature in translation, and numerous courses in ancient Greek and Latin, from elementary language classes to advanced literature courses. We also offer courses on ancient Egypt, as well as classes in Medieval Latin and Modern Greek.
Columbia students can choose to major in Classics, Classical Studies, or Ancient Studies, or to concentrate/minor in Classics. Our course structure and major requirements are described on this
webpage as well as in our Undergraduate Handbook, which you can download here. For further information, please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies.