Classical Studies

The Classics program at Wooster is fundamentally interdisciplinary, and students have ample opportunity to approach the study of ancient Greece and Rome from a variety of perspectives: language and literature, history and myth, religion and philosophy, and archaeology and anthropology.

Students are also strongly encouraged to study abroad, and the College participates in highly regarded programs in both Italy and Greece. In the past, the department has offered its own study-abroad program, "Wooster in Greece," during which students can immerse themselves in Greek culture from the ancient to the modern period by visiting the famous sites of Athens, Crete, Delphi, the Peloponnesus, and Turkey.

Faculty and students in classical studies form a close and vibrant community. Once a week they eat lunch together around the mensa latina, where they convene for group reading and informal conversation in Latin. At the beginning and end of every semester they celebrate in classical fashion and on occasion make field trips to museums, performances of ancient plays, and lectures. Many students, both majors and minors, choose to live together in the Classics Suite in Luce Hall. Advanced language students are often invited to join the national honorary collegiate society for students of Latin and/or Greek, which has at present a thriving chapter on the Wooster campus.

"The Classics are always modern." – Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Ancient Greek and Latin Reading Group

The Ancient Greek and Latin Reading Group meets to translate and discuss key passages of Greek and Latin philosophy, drama, poetry, myth, and history. The purpose of the group is to hone translation skills while learning more about Greek and Roman literature. The group meets every Friday at 2:30 p.m. in the Kauke Commons.