Allow me to introduce you to the Department of Classics at the University of Notre Dame and to share with you information on the exciting programs of study available in our Department.

Elizabeth Mazurek

Classics is an interdisciplinary subject comprising study of the ancient Greek and Latin languages, of Greek and Latin literature, and of the history, archaeology, art, religion and philosophy of the ancient Greeks and Romans. We offer courses in all these areas, and uniquely in our approach to the ancient Mediterranean world, we include also instruction in Arabic and other Semitic languages, with related courses in Arabic and Islamic literature and history.

Classics is a subject of great breadth and diversity, and has natural connections to all other fields in the humanities, as well as to the sciences and the social sciences. It is one of the most traditional of academic subjects, but because classicists are pioneers in new ways of understanding the past, it is also one of the most intellectually innovative. Classics has been at the forefront of contemporary debates about gender, ethnicity, and the literary canon, and has led the way in the use of technology for teaching and research.

At Notre Dame, the Department of Classics offers undergraduate programs and courses that enrich the lives of students by revealing the connections, and the differences, between their world and the world of the classical past. Many of our courses are based on reading the great works of antiquity and the Middle East in English translation, and are completely self-contained. Our first-year introduction to Greek and Roman civilization for instance is one of the most popular courses in the first-year program of studies. It provides a stimulating overview of antiquity especially designed for students new to Notre Dame who want to explore the ancient world for the first time. We also offer more advanced civilization courses and a full-range of language courses for those who want to specialize in Greek and Latin or Arabic and Syriac.

Our programs provide valuable skills and learning techniques that can be applied in a multiplicity of professional fields. On leaving Notre Dame, our students typically enter careers as varied as government administration, the law, business, medicine, and education. The faculty members of our Department provide first-class instruction and include world leaders in research and publication.

I hope that you will find the information on our Website appealing. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about Classics at Notre Dame. I shall be happy to respond.

Elizabeth Forbis Mazurek
Associate Professor
Department of Classics Chairperson




Ethan Beaudoin

Ethan is a fourth year Arabic student, Arabic tutor in the CSLC, and president of the Notre Dame Arabic Club.  He studied at the American University of Beirut, spent one semester in Jordan, and has recently returned from an intensive Arabic program in Oman.  Read more about Ethan. Read More



Classicists Spend Summer Abroad

Six Notre Dame Classics Students Dig and Study in Europe Summer 2014

Several students from the department of Classics are participating in Classics summer programs in Europe. Read More



Classics Alumna attends Sunoikisis Research Symposium

Classics Alummna Tori Roeck

Tori Roeck, a Classics alumna, presented her thesis at the Sunoikisis Research Symposium. Read More



Brian Credo Named CSLC Spotlight

Classics Major finds the Perfect Beat for Success at Notre Dame

Brian Credo was recently named the February Center for the Study of Languages and Culture Spotlight. To read about all that Brian does, from drumming at mass, to presenting at talks to studying in Rome, please check out the article. Read More



Tori Roeck

Classics Major

From Epic Literature to Epic Travels, Tori has had a legendary experience majoring in Classics Read More



Summer Conference at the new Notre Dame Rome center

View from the new Rome center of the Colosseum

The first conference in the new Notre Dame Rome center will be a lecture given by Notre Dame's own Sarah Murray on Augustan Text and Monument. Read More



Cameron Pywell

Classic Alum Excels in Medical School

Latin has been useful for anatomy especially, and Greek has come up more in other coursework. Read More



Andrew Hall

Classics Helps Alum Manage Law School

My classical education has been of great benefit at Indiana State Law School. I was well prepared for the amount of reading, analysis, discussion and writing. It was a whole new beast in kind, but Classics certainly gave me all of the skills necessary plus a few extra to tackle it. Read More



Michael Kipp

Classics Major

Studying Classics, like traveling abroad, lends new perspective to the way you view your native culture. As a Classics major at Notre Dame, I’ve had the privilege of participating in both of those enlightening endeavors. Read More



Senior Theses

Congratulations to the Classics and Arabic Senior Theses Writers

Check out this year's Classics and Arabic Theses. Topics ranged from Tertullian, Buddhism, Football and everything in between. Read More



Publishing Butrint

Congratulations to Professor Hernandez on being awarded three fellowships

University of Notre Dame Assistant Professor David Hernández recently received a trio of research awards: a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), a Career Enhancement Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, and a fellowship from Harvard’s Loeb Classical Library Foundation. Read More



Discovering Butrint

Archaeological Opportunities for Notre Dame Students

Notre Dame is proudly partnered with the Albanian Institute of Archaeology in their excavations of Butrint. Every Summer, Notre Dame students are allowed to join Professor Hernandez in uncovering the mysteries of Butrint Read More



Classics Majors Find Their Future in the Past

How to Succeed

Ever gotten quizzical looks when you tell people you're a Classics major? Or have people caution you that you won't find a job? Katharine Brooks' recent article reveals the extreme benefits Classics majors receive in future endeavors, whether those be graduate, medical, legal or business school. Majoring in Classics may just be the best kept secret to success. Read More



An Ode to the Classics Faculty

Mel Triay Pays Homage to the Legendary Teachers of the Classics Department

Sing for me, O Muse, of those sagacious men and women
Who, having set foot upon the broad plains of South Bend
Ended their circuitous wanderings in the quest for higher education. Read More



Tracy Jennings


I did not come to Notre Dame intending to major in Classics, yet the decision to do so was one of the most formative choices in my life.  The opportunities provided by this department are outstanding. Read More



Lieutenant Colonel Zacchea

Alumnus and Veteran

Like many other veterans, Michael Zacchea ’90 returned from service in the Iraq War after an injury and struggled at times to readjust to life outside of the military. Now, he is helping other disabled American troops on the same return journey to civilian life. Read More



Molly Herber


Being an Arabic major has led me to learn a rich language, giving me the opportunity to encounter new people and ideas about the world in places I never would have expected to find myself Read More



Peggy Garvey

PhD in Literature

Peggy was the winner of both a Nanovic summer research grant for archival research in the National Library of France in Paris and of the Paul Tobin Dissertation Fellowship for 2011-12. Read More



Robin Rhodes

Associate Professor, Departments of Classics and Art, Art History, and Design

Robin Rhodes is an archaeologist and historian of classical art and architecture and has recently been awarded a multi-year NEH Collaborative Research Grant for his work as Principal Investigator of the Greek Stone Architecture at the Corinth Excavations of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Read More



Blake Leyerle

The John Cardinal O'Hara, C.S.C., Associate Professor of Theology

Blake Leyerle's scholarly specialization lies in the social and cultural history of early Christianity. Read More



Amaya Martin

Assistant Teaching Professor

Amaya Martin’s academic interests include linguistic analysis of Arabic cultural and literary texts. Read More



Edward Larkin

2011 Valedictorian

Studying the Classics at Notre Dame has been a singular experience. The granular detail of the coursework; the challenge involved in reconstructing the ancient world; the enormous pleasure inherent in studying such vibrant and fabulous cultures -- it has been an incredible four years of study. Read More



Michael Wagner


Studying in city of Classical importance – such as Rome, Athens, or Cairo – is absolutely essential for a Classics major at Notre Dame or any other university. It brings the history to life and it is essential to gaining a full appreciation for Classical Studies. As a student and as a person, it’s the best decision I’ve ever made. Read More



Elizabeth Mazurek

Associate Professor

Mazurek’s interests include Latin literature, Roman epigraphy, Roman history, and women and gender in classical antiquity. Read More



Michael Mercurio


Congratulations to Michael for being selected as The Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures November Spotlight! Read More



Mary Claire O'Donnell


I truly believe that my study of ancient cultures enhances my understanding of modern culture.  My study of Classics here allows me to view the world in a new, more fulfilling way. Read More



Joseph P. Amar


Dr Joseph P. Amar is a linguist trained in ancient and modern Semitic languages and in the histories, religions, and cultures of the Middle East. He specializes in Aramaic, Syriac, and Arabic literary culture and in early interactions between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Read More



David Ladouceur

Associate Professor

Ladouceur is a specialist in Hellenistic Greek and Judaism, Early Christian Latin, ancient medicine. Read More



David Hernandez

Assistant Professor

David Hernandez is an archaeologist of the Greco-Roman Mediterranean. Having directed large-scale field projects at Butrint and Amantia, he has extensive knowledge of excavation methods and complex urban stratigraphy. Read More



Li Guo


Guo’s areas of interest are Arabic language and literature, medieval Arabic historiography and popular culture. Read More



Hildegund Müller

Associate Professor

Hildegund Müller is a specialist of late antique Latin literature, both poetry and prose, especially the Latin Church Fathers. Her favorite classical authors are Cicero and Horace. Read More



Christopher A. Baron

Assistant Professor

Professor Baron’s interests include Greek and Roman historiography, the history of the Hellenistic period, Greek epigraphy, and the ethnic identity in the ancient world. Read More



W. Martin Bloomer

Associate Professor

Bloomer’s chief areas of research lie in Latin literature, ancient rhetoric, and ancient education. Read More



Tadeusz Mazurek

Associate Professional Specialist

Professor Mazurek researches the literature and cultural history of Republican Rome, with a particular interest in Roman law, religion and self-rule. Read More



Catherine Schlegel

Associate Professor

Professor Schlegel’s research interests include Latin and Greek poetry and issues involving violence as a tool for identity formation. Read More



Isabelle Torrance

Assistant Professor

Professor Torrance specializes in archaic and classical Greek literature and culture, especially Greek tragedy and religion. Read More