The heart of a liberal education




The study of Classics immerses a student in a rich artistic and intellectual tradition, which has inspired some of Western civilization’s greatest achievements. Widely regarded as the heart of a liberal education, Classics provides students with a broad and deep familiarity with the foundations of Western law, democracy, ethics and history, as well as an appreciation of literary and visual arts and a thorough understanding of grammar and language.

In the Department of Classics at F&M, students enjoy being part of a close-knit community where professors get to know students as individuals, giving each student the opportunity to receive an education tailored to his or her interests and goals. Our faculty are active scholars with broad interests, who publish in the most prestigious national and international journals and presses. They are also committed teachers dedicated to providing students with a first-rate major through classroom work, independent study, and study abroad.

With a breadth of study that is uncommon at liberal arts colleges, our department offers specializations in Classical Society and Classical Languages and Literatures, which prepare our graduates for careers in law, medicine, business, banking, insurance, government and teaching, as well as continuing study in graduate programs here and abroad. Students of Classics gain a solid mental discipline, keen analytical skills and the ability to weigh and assimilate information from a variety of media and subject matters, enabling them to become productive, thoughtful and successful citizens of a rapidly changing world.


Classics Honor Society

Outstanding students in Classics are invited to become members of Eta Sigma Phi, a national collegiate honorary society for students of Latin and/or Greek.  

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Summer Travel Award

Sophomores who declare a major or minor in the Department of Classics are eligible to compete for the departmental Summer Foreign Travel Award, providing a student with the opportunity to spend a summer in an ancient land. 

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The Pulse

Story 9/8/2016

F&M Helps Celebrate Tuscany’s "Day of the Etruscans"

In Florence, Italy, they are celebrating the discovery of a large sandstone slab inscribed with an ancient Etruscan text, uncovered in 2015 by Franklin & Marshall College students and others at the...

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Story 6/15/2016

Examining the Habits of Mind

Associate Professor of Philosophy Lee Franklin guides first-year F&M students through a lesson in his Connections course, "What is the Examined Life?"

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Story 6/7/2016

Classics Major Receives Fulbright Award

Franklin and Marshall student, Caitlin Stanton, has received a prestigious place on a Fulbright Summer Institute to the UK. Caitlin will be studying at Durham University on one of the most selective...

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