The Department of Classics at Columbia University is one of the most dynamic centers for the study of Classical Antiquity in the United States. It offers a full range of undergraduate, graduate, and postbaccalaureate programs and degrees, and it hosts a variety of ongoing lecture series, seminars, colloquia, and dramatic productions. Situated in the heart of New York City - home to countless universities, galleries, libraries, museums, research institutions, and theaters - the Department of Classics at Columbia University is at the crossroads of the cultural and classical life of North America.

The department aims to encourage broad access to the ancient languages, their modern reception, and participation in the field. We understand such practices to be in keeping with a general commitment to combatting discrimination and harassment within the department, the discipline, and the wider academic community. You can find the full statement on diversity and inclusion here.

Lectures, Drama, Collections


The Department of Classics hosts the graduate student Pedagogy Colloquium series, the Classics Colloquium, and University Seminars program. Please join us.


The Barnard Columbia Ancient Drama Group presents "Euripides' Herakles" for its Spring 2019 production on April 4, 5, and 6. Tickets are available here


The Columbia collection holds more than 2000 papyri and 3600 ostraca, some of which preserve ancient fragments of literary works, among them, Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, Euripides’ Orestes, and Plato’s Phaedrus.

Affiliated Programs At Columbia


Together with the Department of Classics, the Program in Hellenic Studies offers an undergraduate curriculum in Modern Greek and Greek Diaspora Studies, support for graduate students working on Greece and the Balkans, and events for the larger New York community. 

Classical STUDIES

The Department of Classics participates, together with Art History and Archaeology, History, and Philosophy, in the Classical Studies Program, an inter-departmental, interdisciplinary M.A. and Ph.D. program at Columbia University.

Center for the Ancient mediterranean

The Center for the Ancient Mediterranean connects faculty, students, and departments that have an interest in the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean and neighboring regions, serving as a source of information and coordinating courses and conferences.