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Department of Classical Studies

Classical Studies focuses on understanding the world of the ancient Mediterranean—including Greece, Rome, and surrounding cultures—by studying its languages, history, art, and archaeology. We offer major and minor tracks in Classical Studies, Latin, or Greek, and encourage all students to sample broadly among our offerings even while concentrating in a particular field. In addition to courses taught in the ancient languages, we teach literature in translation; history, art, and archaeology surveys and seminars; and courses on topics as varied as mythology and religion, Roman law, ancient leadership, and gender in the ancient world. Our program focuses on developing skills in critical thinking, reading, and writing, and all majors complete independent research projects. Our students find that exploring the past invites new perspectives on the modern world while opening doors to the future, and recent graduates have pursued advanced studies at the M.A. and Ph.D. level, medical school, law school, the Peace Corps, and careers ranging from teaching, to publishing, to business.


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AIA Lecture: "Bird/Egg, Pen/Hand, Torch/Deer? Pairs of Ordinary Objects on Roman coins" by Liv Mariah Yarrow (October 2021)

The New Orleans Chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America presents "Bird/Egg, Pen/Hand, Torch/Deer? Pairs of Ordinary Objects on Roman coins" by Liv Mariah Yarrow (CUNY).

October 28, 2021 at 6PM CST ~ Register for online zoom lecture at

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Advert for the Q&A Sessions
Live Q&A: American School of Classical Studies at Athens (November 17, 2021)
Join the live Q&A session (on Zoom) about the 2022 Summer Session and Seminars on Wednesday November 17 at 7pm ET. Elizabeth Baltes, Chair of the Committee on the Summer Sessions, will be providing a brief overview of the programs and answering questions live. 

To register for the event, click here.
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Kallion Leadership and the Georgetown Humanities Initiative Panel: "Leadership Through the Humanities: Professional Perspectives"
"Leadership Through the Humanities: Professional Perspectives" is a virtual panel discussion cohosted by Kallion Leadership and the Georgetown Humanities Initiative. Professionals from intelligence, medicine, and the civic sector will share their personal perspectives on how their humanities educations have informed and shaped their professional leadership journeys. They discussed specific humanities artifacts – works of literature, art, songs, performances – that have had a significance impact on the way they have approached their leadership work in professional and personal contexts.
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2022 Academy in Rome Summer School

The 2022 Classical Summer School, taking place June 20–July 22, is a five-week program that is designed to provide qualified graduate students, middle school, high school, and post-secondary teachers with a well-founded understanding of the growth and development of the city of Rome through a careful study of material remains and literary sources. Exceptional undergraduate applicants will be considered in rare circumstances.

Sanjaya Thakur, associate professor and chair of the Department of Classics at Colorado College, is the school director. 

The deadline to apply is December 15, 2021. Scholarships are available. Applicants will be notified of acceptance into the program by the end of January 2022; AAR scholarships will be awarded by the end of March 2022.

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Undergraduate Program

The Department of Classical Studies allows students to design major and minor programs of study with broad exposure or more focused concentration in the fields of language and literature, art and archaeology, and ancient history.

Undergraduate Program – more about our undergraduate program


Graduate Program

Our full-time M.A. program emphasizes preparation in Latin and Greek and can include coursework in ancient history, archaeology, philosophy, and ancient religion. The program generally requires two years for completion. In the first year, students normally take three courses each semester. In addition, each student who is receiving a stipend serves as a teaching assistant to help a professor with course materials and grading. In the second year, students normally take two courses each semester and work on the M.A. qualifying papers under the direction of a professor.

Graduate Program – more about our graduate program


Campus Location & Contact Information

 Paula Burch-Celentano, Tulane
Joseph Merrick Jones Hall
Photo Credit: Paula Burch-Celentano, Tulane

Classical Studies
School of Liberal Arts
Tulane University

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