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Classics professor Albert Ammerman helped uncover a Roman temple at the foot of the Capitoline Hill — the oldest ever discovered! READ MOREspan class="srOnly"> Ancient Discovery
Academic Program in the Classics
Academic Program in the Classics
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Salve! Our department offers a wide range of courses that cover every aspect of the Greco-Roman world — from mythology, to language, to politics, and much more. We welcome you to join us in our study of the Western cultures of antiquity.

About the Classics

Students in the department may pursue a major in the classics, classical studiesGreek, or Latin. There is also the option to pursue a minor in the classics.

We look in depth at the Greco-Roman world from every angle. Whether you're interested in classical mythology, Greek art, women in antiquity, tragedy, epic poetry, archaeology, philosophy, religion, politics, history, language, or all of it, there is something in the department with which you can engage.

We encourage you to explore the discipline as early as your first year by enrolling in our introductory courses in Latin and Greek, though students with a background in the Classics may elect to take higher level courses. After only a year of instruction in either language the student will be able to dive into the original texts of ancient authors such as Plato and Cicero.

One way that we enrich the curriculum for students is by offering three-week extended study opportunities to Greece or Italy at the conclusion of the spring semester. Learn more about these opportunities and others with the Office of Off-Campus Study.

Department Contacts

Chair: Rebecca Ammerman
Admin assistant: Beth MacKinnon (
Office: Lawrence Hall
Phone: 315-228-7276
Dept. Fax: 315-410-5532

Success after Colgate

Colgate alumni who majored in the department are pursuing careers in a variety of fields. Check out just a few of the possibilities out there for our majors:

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The Classics and the Colgate Bicentennial

Deo ac Veritati: Pursuing the Classics at Colgate — Digital Exhibition

Classics students at Delphi, Greece

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