Department of the Classics

Want to understand Western civilization? Start at the beginning.

 

Colgate students participate in an archeological project at the ancient Greek city of Paestum in Southern Italy.
Colgate students participate in an archeological project at the ancient Greek city of Paestum in Southern Italy.

Take an in-depth, multifaceted look at the Greco-Roman world. With engaged and enthusiastic professors, students of the Classics delve into mythology, art, the role of women in antiquity, tragedy, epic poetry, archaeology, philosophy, religion, politics, history, and ancient languages.

The Department of the Classics enriches its rigorous curriculum with springtime extended study opportunities to Greece or Italy.

The department offers a variety of major and minor programs:

Majors:

  • The Classics
  • Classical Studies
  • Greek
  • Latin

Minors:

  • The Classics

Learn about the Academic Program

Department Contacts

Chair: Rebecca Ammerman
Administrative assistant: Beth MacKinnon
Office: Lawrence Hall
Phone: 315-228-7276

I want people to come away with a new appreciation for the classics; not just how it’s shaped Colgate’s identity, but also how it’s shaped the American collegiate educational system.

Megan Delaney Class of 2017
Step back in time with Roy D. and Margaret B. Wooster Professor of the Classics Robert Garland as he shares what it was like in a day in the life of an ancient Athenian in an animated video produced by Ted-Ed.

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