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Classical Studies

Purdue University in West Lafayette

Classical Studies explores interrelated disciplines with the goal of understanding everything possible about the world of the ancient Greeks and Romans (classic Greek and Latin), classical Greek and Roman philosophy, art, archaeology, and mythology. Classical Studies includes some of the best in literary genres, such as the first European epics, Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. To offer this broad kind of understanding, a well-rounded program in classical studies teaches not only the literature and linguistics of the ancients but their history, philosophy, and art, and archaeology. Students are well-informed citizens who think critically and have a global understanding.

To help students develop their own interests, we offer a choice of three tracks emphasizing classical languages (Latin and ancient Greek), literature and culture, or material culture and history.

All liberal arts majors prepare students with the skills identified as contributing to managerial success:  communicating and listening well, possessing insights into others, creative/critical thinking, problem solving, and the ability to make connections across complex ideas.

Degree in 3

Motivated, driven students can complete this major in three years. Degree in 3 allows students to enter the work force or graduate school a year earlier while also providing a cost-effective way to complete an undergraduate degree. Degree in 3 offers a great combination of cost-savings and the opportunity to accelerate your future and achieve your goals.

Plan of Study

Classical Studies-Classical Languages Track, BA
Classical Studies-Education Track, BA
Classical Studies-Literature & Culture Track, BA
Classical Studies-Material Culture & History Track, BA

Classical Studies Webpage

Transfer to Classical Studies

Purdue admits to individual majors. Transfer students must meet Purdue's overall transfer criteria, as well as any major-specific requirements. Before you apply, check the closed programs page to confirm this major is open to transfer students. If it is, refer to the information below for major-specific transfer criteria.

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Contact Information

Undergraduate Student Recruitment Office
(765) 494-6291

College of Liberal Arts

Careers in Classical Studies

  •   Research Analyst
  •   Attorney
  •   Museum & Archive Curator
  •   Writer
  •   Art Administration
  •   Community Relations
  •   Archival Work
  •   Policy Analysis
  •   Non-Profit Management
  •   Journalism

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