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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.

Dennis P Kehoe, 2019 recipient Oliver Fund

Professor Dennis P. Kehoe, the 2019 recipient of The Oliver Fund award for excellence in faculty mentoring.

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2019 - Jonathan Clark, grad-student, presents at conference

Graduate Student, Jonathan Clark, presents at the conference on Women and Healing, a Consortium on Women, Marriage, and the Household

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Emilia Oddo: Approach to Understanding Identity

Tulane School of Liberal Arts


January 16, 2019

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Morgan Palmer presents at the 2019 SCS Meeting

Dr. Morgan Palmer presents a paper at the Society for Classical Studies meeting.

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Alumni Present at 2019 Joint AIA and SCS Meeting

Tulane Classical Studies alums present papers at the 2019 Joint Annual Meeting of theArchaeological Institute of America (AIA) and Society for Classical Studies (SCS).

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Allison Emmerson: Award-winning archaeologist pens book on Roman tombs

Allison Emmerson, an assistant professor of classical studies in the School of Liberal Arts, won the Rome Prize offered by the American Academy in Rome and an American Council of Learned Societies fellowship. (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)

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Samantha Morris (Class of 2018)
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Dennis Kehoe: Rise and fall of Roman Empire exposed in Greenland ice samples


Lead pollution from the Roman Empire fell on Greenland—where it was preserved in layers of ice.

Dennis Kehoe Featured

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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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