Omrit excavation

Students in the Department of Classics have unique opportunities, such as participating in the Omrit archaeological excavation in northern Israel.

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Classics Department

What is the study of Classics?

The study of Classics is a balanced investigation into the societies of ancient Greece and Rome, two of the most enduring and influential societies in the western world. It also explores their interactions with people and cultures throughout the Mediterranean and its environs, including Europe, North Africa, and the Near and Middle East. This interdisciplinary program embraces the Greek and Latin languages and the literature, history, politics, religion, philosophy, archeology, and art of classical antiquity.

Why should I study Classics?

Classics is uniquely equipped to benefit its students.  It pinpoints and offers insights into the perplexing problems that continue to confront any society and every individual. It explores the answers to questions such as:

  • How does one cope with human mortality? 
  • What is the nature of human responsibility and justice?
  • What is the relationship between one's individual privileges and one's public obligations? 
  • How should a society be governed? 
  • What leads to a society's prosperity and peace, and what to its violence and decline? 
  • How does a society's literature and art reflect and shape the beliefs, desires, and fears of its people? 

The study of Classics is valuable because it is timeless.

What can I study in the Classics Department?

You may major or minor in Classics programs at Duquesne. Majors and minors include Greek language, Latin language, or Classical Civilizations (no ancient languages required). Latin or Greek may be taken to fulfill the College foreign language requirement. You may choose from an impressive variety of courses, such as classical literature, history, and archaeology (original languages not required). In short, our curriculum is carefully designed to provide you with a diverse, valuable, and enjoyable program of study.

What careers will Classics help me pursue?

Classics graduates are adept and successful.  Their broad and deep training enables them to be flexible, incisive, articulate, persuasive citizens.  As a result, they are well-equipped for many career paths, including:

  • Arts and Cultural Management
  • Teaching
  • Law
  • Government
  • Medicine
  • Library Science
  • Business

Our commitment to you, our student.

We guarantee that you will work closely with an experienced faculty of scholars and teachers who care about your learning, growth, and fulfillment.  We embrace the Duquesne mission with full dedication: We serve God by serving students.