The Classics Department offers a major in either Greek or Latin, or both ancient languages together, as well as courses of interest to all students, including Pompeii, the Age of Augustus, Ancient Epic, Greek Tragedy, Mythology, The World of Late Antiquity, etc. Believing strongly that the languages must be situated within their social contexts, we encourage student majors to explore offerings in Philosophy, History, Art History, Linguistics, Religion, Theatre, and Archaeology as well.
Courses for the major are listed in the University Catalogue under the separate headings of Classics, Greek, and Latin, as well as in other departments offering related courses (History, Religion, Philosophy, Art, etc).
The wide scope of Classics, and its emphasis on close study, analysis, and critical thinking makes the field an excellent preparation for a wide range of professions. Recent graduates are pursuing a variety of careers including academia, law, medicine, journalism, consulting, teaching, and public service. The Department's small size ensures that every major receives personal guidance and instruction throughout his or her years at Washington and Lee.
Because W&L is a member of Sunoikisis, a collaborative virtual Classics Department sponsored by the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington D.C., our faculty and advanced students may participate in the courses, conferences, archaeological expeditions, and other opportunities offered by this consortium. All collaborative courses are taught on campus by W&L faculty with the additional advantage of weekly online guest lectures and discussions with students and faculty from other participating colleges. For further information, click the link above or contact a faculty member.
We are a member of Eta Sigma Phi, the national collegiate Honor Society for students of Classics. Students who have formally declared Classics as a major, who have achieved a GPA of 3.7 or higher in the major, and 3.5 or higher overall, and who have successfully completed at least one course at the 300 level in either Latin or Greek may be recommended by the Classics faculty for membership. Invitations are issued at the end of winter term. Members of Eta Sigma Phi are eligible to apply for a variety of opportunities including prizes and scholarship support.
Monday, August 15, 2016
If you have studied Latin in high school and plan to continue your study here at Washington and Lee, please take the Latin diagnostic test, available online. It takes no more than an hour, and enables us to suggest which level of Latin you would find most appropriate. If you are taking the diagnostic after the August 15th deadline, please send an email to the chair of the Classics Department, Kevin Crotty, to let him know that you have taken the diagnostic.
News & Announcements
Friday, July 01, 2016
W&L Student and Faculty Member Recognized at ODK National Convention
Paqui Toscano, a member of Washington and Lee University's class of 2017, has been named a national leader of the year by Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), the national leadership honor society.
Thursday, April 21, 2016
W&L Alumni Win National Science Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowships
Four Washington and Lee University alumni have received pre-doctoral graduate research fellowships from the National Science Foundation. In addition, four alumni and one student received honorable mentions.
Thursday, April 14, 2016
NEH Funds W&L Digital Humanities Project
The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded a Washington and Lee University team with a major digital humanities grant of $74,500. The Digital Humanities Start-Up grant will support 18 months of continued work on the Ancient Graffiti Project.