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Program Overview

The Program in Classical Studies provides you with a broad background in the history and culture of classical antiquity, both as an aid to your general cultural education and to assist you in your own major fields. The program offers courses in Greek and Latin language and literature, as well as other courses taught in English on the history, culture, and civilization of classical antiquity.

‌At Fairfield University, no matter what major you choose, you will have the opportunity to broaden and develop your understanding of western culture through the program in classical studies. The minor program can help you to attain proficiency in the languages essential to serious scholarship in classics and will also give you an introduction to the literature, history, art, and philosophy that lie at the root of Western ideas and civilization.

You will have the benefit of small classes, an excellent library collection in classics, and easy access to faculty members who are actively engaged in research and publication. You may also take advantage of opportunities for study abroad. The minor in classical studies provides a special opportunity to add a significant dimension to the general education program that is a foundation for all Fairfield students.

We also offer a variety of Greek and Byzantine art and culture resources at Fairfield University that students can explore.


The Program in Classical Studies provides students with a broad background in the history and culture of the Graeco-Roman world, and in the study of Latin and Greek as languages of high culture during and beyond Classical Antiquity, and in the reception of the Classical tradition by later cultures, both as an aid to their general cultural education and to assist them in their own major fields. Courses are offered in Latin and Greek, and in English translation.

The Program in Classical Studies offers two minors:

  • The 24-credit bachelor of arts with classics is intended for students wishing to focus on the ancient languages, consists of four courses each in Latin and Greek.
  • The 15-credit minor in classical studies is a broader program, consisting of five or more courses drawn from the program's offerings and from related courses in other departments, including Art History, English, History and Philosophy.

Appropriate courses used for the minor in Classical Studies may also be used simultaneously to fulfill the core requirements in history, philosophy, arts, English literature, and foreign language.

Students may also design a major in Classical Studies as an individually designed major (see catalog entry for Individually Designed Major).

The program also makes available, as a general service to the University, courses in English and the original languages for those interested in specific aspects of classical antiquity.

Course Offerings

See Classical Studies course descriptions from our catalog for more information.

Classical Civilization

  • CL/EN 106: Masterpieces of Greek Literature in English Translation*
  • CL/EN 107: Masterpieces of Roman Literature in English Translation*
  • CL/EN 108: Myth in Classical Literature*
  • CL/EN 109: Greek Tragedy in English Translation*
  • CL 115: Greek Civilization**
  • CL 116: Roman Civilization**
  • CL/EN 127: Romantic Love in Greek and Roman Literature*
  • CL 199: Special Topics in Classical Studies
  • CL/HI 221: The Hellenistic World, 336-30 BC
  • CL/HI 222: The Roman Revolution
  • CL/HI 223: The Roman World in Late Antiquity, 284-642 AD
  • CL/HI 324: Ancient Greece, Rome and Africa
  • CL/HI 325: Athenian Democracy and Empire
  • CL 399: Capstone Project in Classics


  • GR 111: Elementary Attic Greek
  • GR 210/211: Intermediate Greek Readings
  • GR 325/328: Advanced Greek Readings I-IV


  • LA 111: Basic Latin
  • LA 210/211: Readings in Latin Prose and Poetry
  • LA 321/322: Latin Poetry
  • LA 323/324: Latin Prose

Art History

  • AH 111: Greek Art and Archaeology
  • AH 112: Etruscan and Roman Art and Archaeology
  • AH 115: The Archaeology of Athens
  • AH 209: The Metropolitan Museum of Art Plaster Cast Collection at Fairfield University
  • AH 210: Myth in Classical Art
  • AH 222: Byzantine Art


  • PH 200: Ancient Philosophy
  • PH 205: Ancient Medicine and Philosophy
  • PH 206: Philosophical Perspectives on Women in Classical Literature
  • PH 300: Plato
  • PH 301: Aristotle

* May be taken to fulfill the core requirement in English Literature
** May be taken to fulfill the core requirement in History


Fairfield University is home to an impressive collection of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine resources that provide students with unique opportunities to explore the rich history and ancient art of these great civilizations. From hand-drawn sketches and powerful photography exhibitions to ancient artifacts and a robust plaster cast collection, the visual culture preserved and presented at Fairfield takes students on an engaging and interactive journey through the past.

Events & Videos

The Real Life of the Parthenon presented by Dr. Patricia Vigderman


The Vincent J. Rosivach Memorial Colloquium (October 13, 2018)


The Caryatid Hairstyling Project DVD (Promotional Clip)


Lifer After Fairfield

The minor program in classical studies is not a direct preparation for most careers. However, it is an important asset for those who plan advanced study and it can be an absorbing lifetime interest. Combined with a major in philosophy, politics, history, art, or literature, it provides a key to further learning that is difficult to duplicate at later stages of life.

Recent graduates of the program have attained admission to the:

  • Institute of Fine Arts at New York University
  • Yale University School of Medicine
  • Graduate Program in Philosophy at Fordham University

Learn more about how Fairfield's Career Planning Center can support your post-graduate goals, and how Fairfield's tight-knit alumni network can build career and mentoring opportunities that last a lifetime.

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