Prof. David Elmer


The Department offers instruction across the range of Greco-Roman civilization from the Bronze Age through Byzantium and medieval Europe to modern Greece, and in all major areas, including language, linguistics, literature, archaeology, history, philosophy, and religion. 

Prof. Richard Thomas talks with prospective concentrator

Prospective Students

The Department of the Classics welcomes visits from prospective students and their families. It is advisable that you set up an appointment.

Prof. Kathleen Coleman chats with a student after class

Undergraduate Programs

The Department offers two concentration tracks, as well a secondary field and language citations. In conformity with its conviction that Classics lies at the root of many important academic fields, the Department welcomes joint concentrations.

Boylston graduate student lounge

Graduate Programs

In addition to the PhD in Classical Philology, the Department also offers degrees in Ancient History, Classical Archaeology, Classical Philosophy, Medieval Latin, Byzantine Greek, and Modern Greek.

Interns at the Parthenon, photo by Ariana Cernius

Study Abroad & Other Opportunities

Students may earn credit not only for programs affiliated with the College, but also non-affiliated programs that are approved for credit. Term time and summer programs in the Classics, as well as summer internships are available.

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Graduate Fellowships

There are many fellowships, both internal and external, for travel and research for which graduate students can compete.

Graduating senior delivering the Latin Commencement Oration


Various prizes are awarded by competition annually to both undergraduates and graduate students, or to graduating seniors by vote of the faculty.

Prof. Gregory Nagy teaching remotely

Non-Degree Programs

For those not currently wishing to earn a degree, the Department participates in programs for both post-baccalaureate students and postdoctoral fellows, as well as offering open enrollment courses both on campus and online.