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Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee University


Program Offerings

Academic Division: College

Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Arts

Academic Programs: Course Offerings:

Example Career Outcomes

  • Academia
  • Consulting
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Public Service
  • Teaching

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, 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 other departments offering related courses (History, Religion, Philosophy, Art, etc).

Program Highlights

  • 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.
  • The Department's small size ensures that every major receives personal guidance and instruction throughout his or her years at Washington and Lee.
  • 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.
  • We are a member of Eta Sigma Phi, the national collegiate Honor Society for students of Classics. Students with a consistent record of outstanding achievement in Classics may be invited to join in the junior year, and are then eligible to apply for a variety of opportunities including scholarship support