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.

Our very own Professors Mazurek will be leading a course entitled "Rome Summer: In the Eternal City" for Notre Dame students at the Notre Dame Global Gateway in Rome.

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.

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Latin/Greek Undergraduate Program

Directors of Undergraduate Studies
Tadeusz Mazurek

Catherine Schlegel

Program of Arabic Language and Culture

Director of Undergraduate Studies
Ghada Bualuan
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Andrew Shearn

Classicist and Future Doctor

I love Classics not only because it is an interesting subject to study, but also because the influence is timeless and evident everywhere still today.
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Philip Allen

Classicist and Future Doctor

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



Kristina Techar

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



Ann Gallagher

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



Tom Hite

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



Samantha Burr

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


Ally Kwun

Ally Kwun

Greek and Roman Civ Alumna

Winner of an Helen Hritzu and Jewell Erickson Award for Excellence in Classical Studies Read More



Brian Credo

Classics Alumnus

This year's winner of The Robert D. Nuner Award went to Brian Credo.  Read More



Tori Roeck

Classics Alumna

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



Michael Kipp


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



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



Nancy Joyce

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



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



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



Ghada Bualuan

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



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