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College of Arts and Sciences, Liberal Arts at Cornell University



The number of faculty and generally small class size ensure that students in Classics work closely with individual professors in their areas of expertise. Classics majors study the culture of ancient Greece and Rome through programs in the ancient languages, literature, archaeology, history, history of art, linguistics and philosophy. Most Classics majors find their studies excellent preparation for professional training and careers in fields such as law, medicine, diplomacy, management and government; some go on to further study in classics or related subjects, followed by careers in teaching and scholarship.

Interesting Classes

  • The Comic Theater
  • Classics in Early America
  • Greeks, Romans and Victorians
  • The Christianization of the Roman World, 300 to 600 CE
  • Archaeology, Ethics, and Nationalism

Students went on to...

  • Study classics at Oxford University
  • Study law at Georgetown University
  • Be a teacher in Washington, D.C. public schools


More Information

More information for the Classics major, Classics minor, Classics graduate program is available in the Cornell University Course Catalog.

Visit the the department/program website for faculty and research information.