Classical studies combines the examination of the ideas and cultures of ancient Greece and Rome with the application insights from classical texts to our own time. Dickinson’s rigorous language curriculum focuses on mastery of core vocabulary in Latin and Ancient Greek, the development of sight-reading skills and close reading and literary interpretation. Courses taught entirely in English deal with mythology, the ancient world in film, ancient history, archaeology, classical philosophy and public speaking. A capstone seminar involves an original research project and reflection on how ideas and values in classical texts can be relevant today.

Almost all majors spend time overseas, usually in Rome or Athens. A special departmental endowment (Roberts Fund for Classical Studies) exists to support study abroad for classical studies majors. Many students participate in paid summer and winter internships, developing open educational resources under faculty direction in a series of digital projects: Dickinson College Commentaries and Dickinson Classics Online.

An active student community fosters the classics on campus through public events, a Latin club for school students, the Classics House, the annual Classics Festival and the Eta Sigma Phi honor society. The department sponsors the annual Roberts Lectures, which bring classicists of international renown to campus, and a series of workshops for teachers—the Dickinson Latin Workshops and the Conventiculum Dickinsoniense, a spoken Latin immersion.

Contact Info

Chair

Chris FranceseProfessor Classical Studies

Department Coordinator

Terri Blumenthal

Phone

717-245-1493

Fax

717-245-1683

Location

1st floor, East College Mailing Address




 


 

Where Our Students Go From Here

Jobs

  • St. Augustine Preparatory School
  • Haverford College
  • Field Museum (Chicago)
  • La Lumiere School
  • National Gallery of Art
  • Mindshare
  • Brandeis University
  • Commonwealth Corps
  • Rocky Mountain Reparatory Theatre
  • Oxford Outcomes
  • Tom Brier for Congress
  • Washington Trust
  • Dreamsoft

Graduate schools

  • Harvard University
  • Columbia University
  • Hunter College
  • University of Massachusetts
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University College Dublin
  • Vanderbilt University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Oxford University
  • MIT
  • Brown University
  • Florida State University
  • Johns Hopkins University
Where Students Have Interned
  • Dickinson College Center For Sustainability Education
  • Linda Gaunt Communications
  • Dun & Bradstreet
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study
  • United States Senate, Senator Bob Casey of PA



“Dickinson has allowed me to explore my academic interests fully. While taking courses in classics, I have honed my critical thinking and problem solving skills. Dickinson inspired me to be even more outspoken on issues that I care about and pushed me to continue to be an engaged citizen.”

—Katherine Draper ’18


Classical Studies News

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Dickinson College Hosts Two Lectures on Technology and the Humanities

Gregory Crane, an expert on ancient Greek authors and the relationship between the humanities and digital technology, will present two lectures as part of Dickinson’s Roberts Lecture Series.

New York Times Magazine Columnist to Present Lecture at Dickinson College

New York Times Magazine Columnist to Present Lecture at Dickinson College

Philosopher, ethicist and African studies scholar Kwame Anthony Appiah, author of The New York Times Magazine’s “The Ethicist” column, will deliver Dickinson College’s Morgan Lecture.

Touching History

Touching History

With an ultimate goal of being a research librarian, history and classical studies major Hugh Downs ’19 performed rewarding student-faculty research made possible by a Dana Research Assistantship.

Five Dickinson College Students Enter the Mansfield College Visiting Student Programme

Five Dickinson College Students Enter the Mansfield College Visiting Student Programme

Dickinson sends its second-largest class ever to study under Oxford’s tutoring system.

Dickinson College Hosts Performance by The Newberry Consort

Dickinson College Hosts Performance by The Newberry Consort

Dickinson artists-in-residence The Newberry Consort will perform “Forbidden Love: The Passion of Héloïse and Abélard," using period instruments, costumed actors and projected art and text.

Leader of the Band

Leader of the Band

From studying satire in Latin to sharpening the musical chops that help him lead his own jazz band, Carl Hamilton '20 is finding his Dickinson education to be highly useful.