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.
Winner of a Helen Hritzu and Jewell Erickson Award for Excellence in Arabic studies. Read More
Arabic Studies student
Winner of an Helen Hritzu and Jewell Erickson Award for Excellence in Arabic Studies. Read More
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
Want to partner your love of calculus with your Arabic language skills? A major in International Economics might be the right choice for you! 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
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
Assistant 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