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.


Poggio Colla Field School

The Poggio Colla Archaeological Field School gives students an opportunity for hands-on study of Etruscan material culture, excavation theory and techniques, survey, conservation, and the basic methodology of archaeological research. 

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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

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Publishing With Depth, Teaching With Innovation

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F&M Latin Grad, Julia Hughes, Named Digital Program Director...

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