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Classical Studies

Mission Statement

The Classics Program in CNES offers students the opportunity to study and develop lifelong interest in the languages, literatures, thought, and cultures of the ancient Mediterranean world (Greece, Rome, areas affected/influenced by them), as well as the influence of these subjects on the rest of history. By grappling with the familiar and the unfamiliar, with civilizations that are simultaneously part of us and distinctly separate, Classics majors, whatever their career goals, are uniquely challenged to broaden their perspectives, hone their critical-thinking skills, and improve their speaking and writing skills.

About the program at Binghamton


Pont du Gard, Nîmes, France

Pont du Gard, Nîmes, France

Classics at Binghamton involves in-depth study of the ancient Greek, Roman, and Mediterranean worlds under faculty who are equal parts expert in their respective fields and dedicated to their teaching. We work closely and intensively with students not only on their language skills (ancient Greek and Latin, all levels), but on the cultures that used these languages and spread them from Scotland to Egypt, from present-day Morocco to the Persian Gulf. We also work closely with students to advise them on how best to leverage a degree in Classical Studies toward a rewarding career.

Our courses range from two-semester elementary language courses to advanced language and literature courses; we boast a variety of opportunities to study culture and civilization at a variety of levels. All our instruction is done by highly qualified professors, in classes where each student's learning needs and capacities receive focused attention. Each instructor also covers survey courses designed to serve a broad range of students, including those who are not Classics majors.

Major Tracks

The Classics, Greek and Latin program is designed to provide thorough and rigorous training in ancient Greek and Latin, the principal languages and literatures of the ancient Mediterranean world and beyond. Our majors have found doors opening for them in a variety of fields: teaching, scholarship (including PhD work in Classics, archaeology, etc.), and careers of all sorts. Specializing in one of the two languages, ancient Greek or Latin, students enrolled in this major take at least four semesters in that language plus at least two semesters of study in the other. Their program is rounded out with coursework in ancient civilization, history, culture, and so on.

Classical Civilization is a flexible program, putting together studies of Greek, Roman, and Mediterranean history and culture and literature from various departments, including medieval and Near Eastern elements. It does not require Latin or Greek language study, though we always encourage it. 

Street Musicians, Naples Archaeological Museum

Street Musicians, Naples Archaeological Museum

The Latin program is designed to provide thorough and rigorous training in ancient Latin. Majors may leverage the training this major provides toward advancement in a variety of fields, including teaching. (Majors of ours have gained admission to Master of Arts in Teaching [MAT] programs in Latin.) Alternatively, the enrichment that Latin majors gain can supplement training in other disciplines, including Medieval and Early Modern Studies. Either way, this major holds many possibilities for students.

Students majoring in Latin will take a minimum of five courses beyond the 102 level, one course in Roman History, and additional courses in culture, civilization, and so on to round out their program. 

Minor Tracks

We also offer three minor tracks: Greek, Latin, and Classical Civilization.

Last Updated: 3/29/19