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Skidmore College

Our Mission

Prima Porta AugustusThe mission of classics at Skidmore is to help shape the future of our students through the study of the past. By using interdisciplinary methodologies, students examine and explicate the languages, literatures, histories, religions, cultures, art, and artifacts of the peoples of the ancient Mediterranean. Students apply multi- and cross-cultural perspectives to gender, ethnic, and social issues in order to gain insight into the cultures of the classical world. In reading Greek and Latin prose and poetry, both in the original language and in translation, students contextualize works of literature in their larger cultural and historical settings and recognize their significance in the past and their relevance for the present and future. Students conduct research in order to present oral and written arguments supported by primary sources, theoretical constructs, and established scholarship. In acquiring these critical and analytical skills, classics majors prepare themselves for life beyond college on both the personal and professional level. Professional opportunities can include careers in education, communication, arts, law and government, and library sciences.

Student Learning Goals

The goals of the Classics Department are to empower studnts exploring classical antiquity to:

  • read Greek and Latin prose and poetry within their larger cultural and historical settings;
  • read critically and analyze closely literary texts and modern scholarship;
  • identify and assess selected artifacts and monuments within their cultural contexts;
  • read and analyze historical documents within their social contexts and evaluate the role of the individual in ancient cultures;
  • conduct research by traditional and digital methods;
  • present orally and in written form an argument supported by primary and secondary sources;
  • develop multi- and cross-cultural perspectives and apply them to gender, ethnic, and social issues;
  • assess and present scholarship of a theoretical nature and apply theory to both primary and secondary sources.