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BA in Classics

31 credits in Classics

  1. Reading proficiency of Greek or Latin by completing two 300-level courses in either language.
  2. Gateway course CC 200: The Classical World
  3. One course from each of the following clusters: Literature, History, Art History
  4. CC 365: Advanced Topics in Classical Civilization or when applicable, HI 351A-D.
  5. Students must complete a capstone, expanded research paper, thesis, or independent study.

For complete details on requirements for the major, please go here.

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About Classics

What is classics? Archaeology: material culture. Art history: visual aesthetics. History: study of the past. Language: complex systems of communication. Literature: prose and poetry. Anthropology: what it is to be human. Economics: production, distribution, and consumption of goods. Engineering: invention of machines, including the world’s first steam engine. Philosophy: love of wisdom. Religion: beliefs that explain the universe. Technology: knowledge of methods to facilitate creativity, including the world’s first computer. All of these fields of inquiry have one thing in common in classics: the study of ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. Pursue classics and you explore all of these fields.

Interesting Classes I Might Take

  • Gender and Sexuality in Antiquity
  • Greek and Roman Comedy
  • Ancient Warfare
  • Roman Art and Archaeology
  • Reading & Writing Rome (including a travel-study program in Italy)
  • Parthenon (including a travel-study program in Greece)
  • Classics on Film

Full course list here

Beyond the Classroom

Thesis and capstone work: Classics students have reinterpreted the sculpture on the majestic Athenian Parthenon through the lens of gender, explored forgeries in antiquity, researched the black market in ancient artifacts, crafted their own original Greek tragedy, and provided guided tours at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Students in Classics learn to read, think, write, and argue critically, and prepare themselves for virtually any career after Skidmore.

Popular study abroad programs: Advanced Studies in England, including Greek and Latin tutorials with Oxford dons; Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome, Italy; and College Year in Athens

Success After Skidmore

Careers: A sampler of what our alumni do

  • Latin teacher, Amity Regional District #5, Woodbridge, Conn.
  • Latin teacher, Derryfield School, Manchester, N.H.
  • Grants officer, Blue Moon Fund, Charlottesville, Va.
  • Actress, Carson-Kolker Org, Acme Talent, CBU Management, NYC
  • Harvard Junior Fellow, Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington, D.C.
  • VP, CSG Communications, Citizens Bank, Boston, Mass.
  • Accounting, Coopers & Lybrand, Boston, Mass.
  • Principal, Cyrus Strategies, LLC, Bethesda, Md.
  • Scientist, Danone Research, Netherlands
  • Academic dean/head of classics, Dexter/Southfield School, Brookline, Mass.
  • Professor of Classics, Elon University, Elon, N.C.
  • Director of marketing, Emory University, Atlanta, Ga.
  • Social studies teacher and admissions officer, Gilman School, Baltimore, Md.
  • Brand manager, LF USA, NYC
  • Associate director of gift planning, Nature Conservancy, Binghamton, N.Y.
  • Co-owner, Porter Ridge Farm, Hebron, N.Y.
  • Senior account executive, Saxton Group, NYC
  • Audio designer and composer, NYC
  • Assistant registrar for collections, Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
  • Controller/chief accounting officer, Spok Holdings, Springfield, Va.
  • Myanmar analyst, Indo-Pacific Review, Washington, D.C.
  • Principal technical writer, Unica Corporation, Waltham, Mass.
  • Intelligence officer, United States Navy, Washington, D.C.
  • Fellow physician, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa

Graduate Schools:A sampler of where our alumni go

  • Babson College, M.S. in information technology
  • Boston University, Ph.D. in archaeology; M.S. in opera set design; M.A. in English
  • Brown University, Ph.D. in mathematics
  • Columbia University Law School, J.D.
  • Cornell University, M.A. in urban planning
  • Drexel University, M.A. in arts administration
  • Fordham University, M.A. in Latin
  • George Mason University, M.A. in public policy
  • John F. Kennedy University, M.A. in museum curatorial studies
  • Johns Hopkins University, M.A. in technology for education
  • London School of Economics, M.A. in social policy and development
  • Michigan State University, M.B.A.
  • Northeastern University, M.A. in sociology
  • Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. in comparative literature
  • State University of New York at Albany, M.S.W.
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, M.A. in education
  • Tufts University, masters in classics
  • University of Chicago, M.A. in history
  • University of Exeter, M.A. in theater
  • University of Iowa medical school
  • University of Pennyslvania, classics post-baccalaureate in history
  • University of Southern California, Ph.D. in classics
  • University of Washington, M.S. in computer science and engineering; M.A. in international development
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, Ph.D. in English
  • University of California, Berkeley, M.A. in classics; MSW


Meet the Classics faculty members.