The Department of Classics is where you can study the history and languages of the ancient Mediterranean world, the birthplace of western culture. Classics forms the core of the humanities and is by nature an interdisciplinary subject that allows students to study poetry, prose, drama, art, history, law, philosophy and theology.
Join the company of great thinkers ancient and modern. Discover why the Classics have been valued for millennia as the fountainhead of the Western cultural tradition.
The Department of Classics is the place for you, if…
You want to learn Latin, Greek or Arabic.
You want to study our cultural heritage in English translation.
You want to prepare yourself for a meaningful career.
You want to interact with some of the greatest thinkers ever to walk the earth.
You want to learn how to read, write and think with precision
Undergraduates pursue primary and supplementary majors or minors in Greek, Latin, Classical Civilization, Arabic Studies or Mediterranean/Middle East Studies.
Arts and Letters students from every major succeed in business, graduate or professional school, or full-time service. Learn more about the career outcomes of all of our graduates, including Classics majors.
I am a Biology and Classics double major and have been studying Latin since middle school. I will be matriculating to medical school in the Fall of 2016. Classics is a huge part of my life, and I highly suggest studying it. Read More
Science Pre-Professional and Classics Major
"I love classics because it is such a versatile subject and I have found a surprisingly large number of similarities between my science and classics studies." Read More
Classics, PLS Double Major and World Traveler
Ann Gallagher is a junior Classics and PLS double major who has had some amazing experiences abroad Read More
Glynn Scholar Awarded Fulbright for Summer Archaeology Program
Livvie May, Classics and English Major
Notre Dame sophomore Olivia May has been interested in classical cultures for a long time. This summer, she was able to experience one in a new way—by physically sifting through its remains. Read More
Senior Classics Major
Tom spent eight months in Europe on three different ventures all funded and accessed through the University of Notre Dame and the Department of Classics. Find out how you can too! Read More
Senior Classics Major
Sami is a double major in Classics and theology who is interested in the intricacies Greek and Latin theologians found to describe the mysteries of theology. Read More
Greek and Roman Civ Alumna
Winner of an Helen Hritzu and Jewell Erickson Award for Excellence in Classical Studies Read More
This year's winner of The Robert D. Nuner Award went to Brian Credo. Read More
From Epic Literature to Epic Travels, Tori has had a legendary experience majoring in Classics Read More
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
Arabic Culture Night 2012
A Night of Singing, Dancing, and Enjoying all things Arabic
Check out the video for this Arabic Culture Night 2012! Read More
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
Vice- President of the Student Body and Arabic Club
Nancy has been elected the vice-president of the student body. She will also serve as vice-president for the Arabic club and student editor-in-chief for Bil'arabi 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
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
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
Associate Teaching Professor
Assistant Teaching Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Classics and Program of Arabic Languages and Literature, Professor Bualuan is interested in Read More
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