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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.


Lecture information with an image of a cast of the funerary relief of the butcher and his wife from Ostia
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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Arch of Septimius Severus in the Roman Forum, 203 CE, Rome, Italy
Susann Lusnia "Usurping History and Building Legitimacy in Severan Rome” Lecture

Prof. Susann Lusnia’s lecture, "Usurping History and Building Legitimacy in Severan Rome” will premier at the Imperial Power in the Roman World public lectures series from York St. John University via YouTube on Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 5:30PM (GMT).

Please visit the lecture series website for lecture synopses and links to watch on the Program of Events page:
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Headshots of Susann Lusnia and Ryan Boehm
The Changing of the Chairs
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Classics 2021 Graduation Prize Winners
Classical Studies 2021 Graduation Prizes

Classical Studies 2021 Graduation Prizes

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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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People – Departmental Members