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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Classics is the study of ancient Greece and Rome - among the world's most exciting, important, and influential civilizations. The program in classics embraces the many aspects of the Greek and Roman world - including the Greek and Latin languages, mythology, archaeology, history, and philosophy - from prehistory to the late Roman Empire and early Christianity. For students who pursue a major or minor, classics provides a solid liberal arts education that will be useful in many careers and vital to the development of their full human capacity. For students in other disciplines, classics offers a valuable opportunity to investigate the works and traditions that have provided much of the background of their own chosen fields. Many find that working with the classical languages improves their skills as readers and writers.

Why Study Classics at Grand Valley?

The Department of Classics offers a complete preparation for students seeking a wide range of post-graduate and career opportunities. Yet it remains small enough to allow our faculty to get to know all of our students individually and to work with them closely. Classics students:

  • Profit from a practical education that offers valuable pre-professional training and marketable job skills.
  • Acquire and refine analytical and communications skills that make them better able to approach any problem creatively and successfully.
  • Distinguish themselves as scholars, work on archaeological excavations, participate in cultural events, demonstrate leadership and committed citizenship, and travel and study abroad.
  • Develop the study habits and work ethic needed for success in demanding graduate and professional programs and in real-world careers.


“We can't overestimate the value of a classics major.”


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