Adrian Russian 9 min read Academic Tips and Info, College Lists

List of All U.S. Colleges with a Classics Major

Over the course of the seven years I studied Latin, I was asked the question “What is that useful for?” too many times to count. Well, where to start? My Latin classes taught me far more about grammar and vocabulary than my English classes, which took my writing to the next level. I learned about the history of Ancient Rome, and how much of modern Western society is rooted in the Classical World. And I had the opportunity to read some of the most famous texts in the Western canon, such as the Iliad, in their original language.

 

A Classics major will equip you with an interdisciplinary set of skills that will help you with much more than just the reading section of the SAT. This post will provide you with a list of schools that offer the major, and what to look for in a Classics program.

 

Overview of the Classics Major

 

Many schools offer a few variations of the Classics major, so that students have the flexibility to focus on either Latin or Greek, or both if they want. While some Latin or Greek will be required regardless of which direction you take the major in, you can also choose to take courses on classical history, archaeology, religion, and philosophy.

 

Students who succeed in classics courses are generally detail-oriented, interested in history, and drawn to interdisciplinary work. Reading Ancient Greek or Latin requires a keen eye to identify particular grammatical structures and see how each sentence fits together. A love for history will also help you enjoy your classes more, as many discussions will center on how various authors fit into the broader landscape of the Classical World. You will also be doing work with literature, linguistics, and potentially even engineering if you choose to take a Classical Architecture course, so having a wide range of interests is essential for a Classics Major.

 

As a Classics major, your courses will also likely be relatively small, so you will have the opportunity to engage directly with your classmates and professors. Many students enjoy this kind of classroom environment, but if you find seminar-style classes stressful, a Classics major probably isn’t for you.

 

While not every Classics major goes to grad school, those who want to go into academia, whether as a professor or a researcher, typically pursue a Masters or PhD. You may also choose to go to grad school in a different field, such as Law. The close reading skills you learn as a Classics major prepare you well to analyze complex legal documents.

 

Alternatively, you may choose to enter the workforce after graduation. As a Classics major, you might decide to do something directly related to your undergraduate studies, such as work at a museum, or apply your skills to something totally new, like consulting. While you must be prepared to explain in an interview how Classics has prepared you for the job you are applying for, the analytic and interdisciplinary skills you learn as a Classics major are applicable to a whole host of fields.

 

What to Look for in a College as a Classics Major

 

Focused Study Abroad Programs

 

Regardless of how you decide to focus your Classics major, spending a term or a year in Greece or Italy is an invaluable opportunity to physically connect with the material you have been studying. If you are especially interested in archaeology, some schools offer programs that allow you to participate in ongoing digs. Others focus more on literature, and on connecting with the places in which classical authors were writing. 

 

You may not yet know which direction you want to take your Classics major, which is completely fine. If you do have some sense of what you’re most interested in, however, look at the study abroad programs offered at the schools you’re considering to see if they align with your more specific interest in Classics.

 

Extracurricular Lectures

 

The top Classics programs in the country host events that enrich what students are learning in the classroom and expose them to current research in the field. Some of these events are lectures, given by either professors at the college or guest speakers, which are on topics such as “Troubling the Classical Commonplace: Reading Ancient Athenian Legal Speeches After Frederick Douglass” (given at Stanford by Yale Professor Emily Greenwood) and “Lucan on the Beginnings and Ends of Latin Epic” (given at Harvard by Holy Cross Professor Tim Joseph).

 

Research Funding

 

If you identify an area of study within Classics that you are especially drawn to and would like to investigate outside the classroom, or potentially even as a career, your college may be able to write you a research grant to get you started. 

 

You can usually use the funding in a variety of ways: to conduct research for your thesis, join an archaeological dig, or participate in an intensive language program. Keep in mind that you do have to apply, so that the school can ensure you will be spending the money to enhance your studies.

 

If you already think research is something you will be interested in, see what sorts of Classics grant programs are offered at the schools you’re applying to.

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List of All U.S. Colleges With a Classics Major

 

School Location
Samford University Birmingham, Alabama
University of Arizona Tucson, Arizona
University of Arkansas Fayetteville, Arkansas
Hendrix College Conway, Arkansas
California State University, Long Beach | Long Beach State Long Beach, California
University of California, Berkeley | UC Berkeley Berkeley, California
University of California, Irvine | UC Irvine Irvine, California
University of California, Riverside | UC Riverside Riverside, California
University of California, San Diego | UCSD La Jolla, California
University of California, Santa Barbara | UCSB Santa Barbara, California
University of California, Santa Cruz | UCSC Santa Cruz, California
Claremont McKenna College | CMC Claremont, California
Pitzer College Claremont, California
Pomona College Claremont, California
San Diego State University | SDSU San Diego, California
San Francisco State University | SF State San Francisco, California
Santa Clara University Santa Clara, California
Scripps College Claremont, California
Saint Mary’s College of California | St. Mary’s Moraga, California
Stanford University Stanford, California
University of California, Los Angeles | UCLA Los Angeles, California
University of Southern California | USC Los Angeles, California
University of Colorado Boulder | CU Boulder Boulder, Colorado
Colorado College Colorado Springs, Colorado
Connecticut College New London, Connecticut
University of Connecticut | UConn Storrs, Connecticut
Trinity College Hartford, Connecticut
Wesleyan University Middletown, Connecticut
Yale University New Haven, Connecticut
Catholic University of America | CUA Washington, D.C.
George Washington University | GW Washington, D.C.
Georgetown University Washington, D.C.
Howard University Washington, D.C.
Eckerd College Saint Petersburg, Florida
Florida State University | FSU Tallahassee, Florida
University of Florida Gainesville, Florida
University of Miami Coral Gables, Florida
Rollins College Winter Park, Florida
University of South Florida | USF Tampa, Florida
Agnes Scott College Decatur, Florida
Emory University Atlanta, Georgia
University of Georgia Athens, Georgia
Mercer University Macon, Georgia
University of Hawaii at Manoa | UH Manoa Honolulu, Hawaii
Augustana College Rock Island, Illinois
University of Chicago Chicago, Illinois
University of Illinois at Chicago | UIC Chicago, Illinois
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | UIUC Champaign, Illinois
Knox College Galesburg, Illinois
Loyola University Chicago Chicago, Illinois
Northwestern University Evanston, Illinois
Southern Illinois University Carbondale | SIU Carbondale, Illinois
Wheaton College (Illinois) Wheaton, Illinois
Ball State University | BSU Muncie, Indiana
DePauw University Greencastle, Indiana
Earlham College Richmond, Indiana
University of Evansville Evansville, Indiana
Hanover College Hanover, Indiana
Indiana University Bloomington | Indiana Bloomington, Indiana
University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, Indiana
Valparaiso University | Valpo Valparaiso, Indiana
Wabash College Crawfordsville, Indiana
Cornell College Mount Vernon, Iowa
Grinnell College Grinnell, Iowa
University of Iowa Iowa City, Iowa
Luther College Decorah, Iowa
University of Kansas Lawrence, Kansas
Centre College Danville, Kentucky
University of Kentucky Lexington, Kentucky
Transylvania University Lexington, Kentucky
Tulane University New Orleans, Louisiana
Bowdoin College Brunswick, Maine
Colby College Waterville, Maine
Johns Hopkins University | JHU Baltimore, Maryland
Loyola University Maryland Baltimore, Maryland
University of Maryland, College Park | Maryland College Park, Maryland
Amherst College Amherst, Massachusetts
Assumption College Worcester, Massachusetts
Boston College | BC Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Boston University | BU Boston, Massachusetts
Brandeis University Waltham, Massachusetts
Clark University Worcester, Massachusetts
Harvard University Cambridge, Massachusetts
College of the Holy Cross | Holy Cross Worcester, Massachusetts
University of Massachusetts Amherst | UMass Amherst Amherst, Massachusetts
University of Massachusetts Boston | UMass Boston Boston, Massachusetts
Mount Holyoke College South Hadley, Massachusetts
Smith College Northampton, Massachusetts
Tufts University Medford, Massachusetts
Wheaton College (Massachusetts) Norton, Massachusetts
Williams College Williamstown, Massachusetts
Calvin College Grand Rapids, Michigan
Grand Valley State University | GVSU Allendale, Michigan
Hillsdale College Hillsdale, Michigan
Hope College Holland, Michigan
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Michigan
Wayne State University | WSU Detroit, Michigan
Carleton College Northfield, Minnesota
Concordia College (Minnesota) Moorhead, Minnesota
Gustavus Adolphus College Saint Peter, Minnesota
Macalester College Saint Paul, Minnesota
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities | Minnesota Minneapolis, Minnesota
College of St. Benedict | CSB Saint Joseph, Minnesota
St. Olaf College Northfield, Minnesota
University of St. Thomas (Minnesota) Saint Paul, Minnesota
Millsaps College Jackson, Mississippi
University of Mississippi | Ole Miss University, Mississippi
University of Missouri | Mizzou Columbia, Missouri
Truman State University | TSU Kirksville, Missouri
Saint Louis University | SLU Saint Louis, Missouri
Washington University in St. Louis | WashU Saint Louis, Missouri
Westminster College (Missouri) Fulton, Missouri
Carroll College Helena, Montana
University of Montana Missoula, Montana
Creighton University Omaha, Nebraska
University of Nebraska–Lincoln | UNL Lincoln, Nebraska
Dartmouth College Hanover, New Hampshire
University of New Hampshire | UNH Durham, New Hampshire
St. Anselm College Manchester, New Hampshire
Drew University Madison, New Jersey
Montclair State University | MSU Montclair, New Jersey
Princeton University Princeton, New Jersey
Rutgers University–New Brunswick | Rutgers New Brunswick, New Jersey
Seton Hall University South Orange, New Jersey
University of New Mexico | UNM Albuquerque, New Mexico
Barnard College New York, New York
Colgate University Hamilton, New York
Columbia University New York, New York
Cornell University Ithaca, New York
Brooklyn College Brooklyn, New York
City College of New York | CCNY New York, New York
Hunter College | CUNY Hunter New York, New York
Fordham University Bronx, New York
Hamilton College Clinton, New York
Hobart and William Smith Colleges | HWS Geneva, New York
Hofstra University Hempstead, New York
New York University | NYU New York, New York
University of Rochester Rochester, New York
Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, New York
The State University of New York at Albany | SUNY Albany Albany, New York
The State University of New York at Binghamton | SUNY Binghamton Vestal, New York
Syracuse University Syracuse, New York
Union College (New York) Schenectady, New York
Yeshiva University New York, New York
Davidson College Davidson, North Carolina
Duke University Durham, North Carolina
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill | UNC Chapel Hill, North Carolina
University of North Carolina at Greensboro | UNC Greensboro Greensboro, North Carolina
Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, North Carolina
University of North Dakota | UND Grand Forks, North Dakota
University of Akron Akron, Ohio
Bowling Green State University | BGSU Bowling Green, Ohio
Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, Ohio
University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, Ohio
Denison University Granville, Ohio
John Carroll University | JCU University Heights, Ohio
Kenyon College Gambier, Ohio
Miami University Oxford, Ohio
Oberlin College Oberlin, Ohio
Ohio State University | OSU Columbus, Ohio
Ohio University Athens, Ohio
Ohio Wesleyan University Delaware, Ohio
Franciscan University of Steubenville Steubenville, Ohio
College of Wooster Wooster, Ohio
Wright State University Dayton, Ohio
Xavier University Cincinnati, Ohio
University of Oklahoma Norman, Oklahoma
University of Tulsa Tulsa, Oklahoma
Lewis & Clark College Portland, Oregon
University of Oregon Eugene, Oregon
Reed College Portland, Oregon
Willamette University Salem, Oregon
Bryn Mawr College Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
Bucknell University Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
Carnegie Mellon University | CMU Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Dickinson College Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Duquesne University Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Franklin and Marshall College | F&M Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Gettysburg College Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Haverford College Haverford, Pennsylvania
Lehigh University Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania State University | PSU University Park, Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania | UPenn Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh | Pitt Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
St. Joseph’s University | SJU Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Swarthmore College Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
Temple University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Ursinus College Collegeville, Pennsylvania
Villanova University Villanova, Pennsylvania
Brown University Providence, Rhode Island
Providence College Providence, Rhode Island
University of Rhode Island | URI Kingston, Rhode Island
Roger Williams University | RWU Bristol, Rhode Island
College of Charleston Charleston, South Carolina
Furman University Greenville, South Carolina
University of South Carolina | USC Columbia, South Carolina
Augustana University Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Rhodes College Memphis, Tennessee
Sewanee: The University of the South | Sewanee Sewanee, Tennessee
University of Tennessee Knoxville, Tennessee
Vanderbilt University Nashville, Tennessee
Austin College Sherman, Texas
Baylor University Waco, Texas
Rice University Houston, Texas
Southwestern University Georgetown, Texas
Texas A&M University College Station, Texas
University of Texas at Austin | UT Austin Austin, Texas
Texas Tech University | TTU Lubbock, Texas
Trinity University San Antonio, Texas
Brigham Young University | BYU Provo, Utah
University of Utah Salt Lake City, Utah
Middlebury College Middlebury, Vermont
University of Vermont | UVM Burlington, Vermont
College of William & Mary | William & Mary Williamsburg, Virginia
Hampden‚ Sydney College | H‚ÄìSC Hampden-Sydney, Virginia
Hollins University Roanoke, Virginia
University of Virginia | UVA Charlottesville, Virginia
Washington and Lee University Lexington, Virginia
Gonzaga University Spokane, Washington
University of Puget Sound Tacoma, Washington
Seattle Pacific University | SPU Seattle, Washington
Washington State University | WSU Pullman, Washington
University of Washington Seattle, Washington
Whitman College Walla Walla, Washington
Beloit College Beloit, Wisconsin
Carthage College Kenosha, Wisconsin
Lawrence University Appleton, Wisconsin
Marquette University Milwaukee, Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin-Madison | Wisconsin Madison, Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin‚ Milwaukee | UWM Milwaukee, Wisconsin

 

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What Are Your Chances of Acceptance?

 

As you decide which schools to apply to, keep in mind that you are most likely to be accepted at schools where you are academically comparable to previously accepted students. This is because many schools use the Academic Index as an initial filter of the tens of thousands of applications they receive each year.

 

Once you get past the initial academic screening, the qualitative parts of your application, such as your activities list and your essays, become much more important. Academics will be considered at every stage, but as admissions officers make their final decisions, they will also be thinking about factors like what kind of roommate you would be and what you would add to their school beyond academics.

 

If you are wondering what your chance of acceptance is at a particular school, we recommend using our free Chancing Engine. Unlike many other calculators, it evaluates your personal profile comprehensively, and includes both academic stats and more qualitative factors like extracurriculars.

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Adrian Russian
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Adrian is a current senior at Dartmouth College, originally from Seattle, WA. At Dartmouth, she studies philosophy and neuroscience, and has been involved with research in the philosophy department, sexual assault prevention on campus, and mentorship programs for first year students. She spent her junior fall studying abroad at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.