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. 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.


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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Classics Honor Society

Eta Sigma Phi-Theta Alpha chapter is the Classical Honors Society here at Franklin and Marshall College. You are eligible to join if you have passed a 201 Ancient Greek or Latin Class with a B+ or higher. You do not have to be a Classics major or minor. You just have to come in with an enthusiasm for the ancient world!   

Classics Department News, Stories & Events

Story 5/15/2020

Lindback Winner Helps Students Uncover Hidden Curriculum

Alexis Castor has earned the College's 2020 Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching for her efforts to help F&M's Posse Scholars discover higher education's "hidden curriculum."    

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Story 4/21/2020

F&M Senior Vlogs About Her Distance Learning Experience

Katie Coble ’20, a history and classical society joint major, has been vlogging her senior year as a way to document her time at F&M—but she never expected a pandemic to be part of her memories. Now...

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Story 4/22/2019

Chinese Student Wins Classics Sight-Translation Contest

In Manchuria, Jinrui Zhang pursued an interest in Buddhism and Sanskrit, prominent subjects in that region of China. At Franklin & Marshall College, the first-year student has embraced the classics...

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