Classical Studies

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

Students are strongly encouraged to study abroad, and the College participates in highly regarded programs in Italy and Greece. The Department offers its own summer study-abroad program, "Wooster in Greece," during which students immerse themselves in Greek culture from the ancient to the modern period by visiting famous sites in Athens, Crete, Delphi, the Peloponnesus, and Turkey.

Classical Studies faculty and students form a close and vibrant community. At the beginning of the fall semester, the Department hosts a barbeque for its majors. During the semester, we take field trips to museums and attend performances of ancient plays. A rich lecture program exposes students to recent classical and archaeological scholarship. Advanced language students are invited to join the national honorary collegiate society for students of Latin and/or Greek, Eta Sigma Phi, which has a thriving chapter on the Wooster campus.

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

Language Labyrinth

Language Labyrinth

The Language Labyrinth, an ancient Greek and Latin tutoring lab, runs every Thursday from 3:00-5:00 in Kauke Commons. Professors, teaching apprentices, and peer tutors are available to help students with their work. Students at all levels in their study of ancient Latin and Greek are welcome. The Language Labyrinth is a great place to study, work together, and share interests in the ancient Mediterranean world.

Ancient Greek and Latin Reading Groups

Ancient Greek and Latin Reading Groups meet weekly to translate and discuss key passages of Greek and Latin philosophy, drama, poetry, myth, and history. The purpose of these groups is to hone translation skills while learning more about Greek and Roman literature.

Talks, Presentations, and Activities

Tyranny in Thucydides Poster
Night at the Museum Poster

Archaeology and Ancient Texts Poster

Press Release on "Archaeology and Ancient Texts: Friends or Enemies?"