The Catholic University of America

The Hephaisteion, overlooking the Agora in Athens

Welcome to the Department of Greek and Latin!

Our community of students and scholars works together to study over two thousand years of ancient and medieval history, literature, archaeology, and art. We are Pomegranate tree in the Kerameikos, Athensinterested in classics, patristics, and the relationship of the classical era to the Christian tradition, and we teach both language and non-language courses on the Greco-Roman world.

BA Programs

Colosseum, Rome

A bachelor's degree in any area of classics will open your mind, polish your skills, and challenge your assumptions. Studying at CUA and perhaps abroad as well, you will join one of the oldest and most prestigious disciplines in academia--and be amazed at how relevant the ancient world is to the modern one.

MA Programs

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An MA opens a world of possibilities: museum work, secondary-level teaching, research and archiving, librarianship, publishing, or the path towards a university career, just to name a few. Immerse yourself in the literature and culture of ancient Greece and Rome--and see where it takes you.

PhD Program

The Jefferson Memorial, Washington, DC

The PhD in Greek and Latin at CUA builds on the classical MA program by focusing on late antiquity, patristics, or the Middle Ages. Courses are offered every semester on the literature of these eras, and an individualized exam process prepares students to write dissertations that break new ground.

Certificate Programs

View of the harbor in Nauplion, Greece

Anyone who has completed a bachelor's degree in any field can apply for the certificate programs: no prior Greek or Latin is required. Certificates are graduate-level qualifications that show advanced competency in one or both classical languages. Always dreamed about trying classics? Now is your chance!


Consider adding a minor in Greek, Latin, or Classical Civilization to your bachelor's degree, and take advantage of our exciting courses, outstanding faculty, friendly community, and commitment to advising and mentoring our students.Temple of Poseidon, Sounion  A minor can make your degree even more prestigious and valuable.

The Journal Latinitas

A new series of the journal Latinitas has been launched by the Pontifical Academy for Latin, established by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012. The first issue of the new series was published in Fall 2013. Beginning in 2014 it appears twice a year. The journal's main sections focus on philology and history, neo-Latin literature, and pedagogical topics. Articles appear in Latin, Italian, and other major languages.

Classical Association of the Atlantic States

CUA is a proud member of CAAS, our regional professional organization for the study and teaching of classics from the primary school through the university and professional levels.
CAAS provides grants and scholarships to students and educators for a variety of projects, including special events and study abroad.
CAAS holds a meeting every fall that takes the form of a productive and friendly conference, an excellent venue for graduate students and professionals to read scholarly papers.
Professor William Klingshirn is a past President of CAAS, and Dr. Sarah Ferrario, our department chair, is chair of the CAAS Awards Committee and a past Director from the DC region.  Please contact Dr. Ferrario if you are interested in joining CAAS or learning more about its opportunities!


CUA is the home of the Eta Kappa chapter of the national classics honor society, Eta Sigma Phi, which recognizes outstanding academic achievement in the study of Greek and Latin. 
Eta Sigma Phi members have access to scholarship opportunities (including some for study abroad), to a national translation contest, and to the chance to apply to present papers at both student and professional conferences.
Eta Kappa's 2017 induction class contained 16 new members, and we look forward to welcoming many more in the years to come.  Invitation letters for qualified students are sent out by the Department of Greek and Latin early in the second semester of the year.
Please contact Dr. Ferrario, the faculty moderator, if you have eligibility questions, or are interested in learning more about Eta Sigma Phi!

Current Announcements 


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Members of the department present their work at conferences and seminars throughout the academic year.

October 5, 2018, John Marshall, "'I Solemnly Swear ... Or Do I?' Two 'Unsworn Oaths,' Classical Comparanda, and Their Significance," Classical Association of the Atlantic States Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA

July 25, 2018, Prof. William Klingshirn, “The Science of Sortilege. Divinatory Truth in the Late Roman and Early Medieval West,” Dämonische Orakel oder göttlicher Hinweis. Transformation divinatorischer Praktiken im spätantiken Christentum des Westens, Universität Siegen (Germany)

May 25, 2018, Kathleen Kirsch, "Innovating the Carmen Triumphale: Prudentius’ Renovatio of Ambrose and Hilary in Peristephanon 1," The North American Patristics Society Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL (Recipient of Graduate Student Paper Prize)

April 14, 2018, Dr. Sarah Brown Ferrario and Dr. Andrew Earle Simpson, "Opera as Social Medicine in Mikis Theodorakis' Antigone," Classical Association of the Middle West and South, Albuquerque, NM

April 13, 2018, Kathleen Kirsch, "Docta Psallere: An Anonymous Christian Woman as Prudentius' Ideal Poet," Classical Association of the Middle West and South, Albuquerque, NM

April 8, 2018, Kathleen Kirsch,  “Constructing Community in Calagurris: Prudentius’ Peristephanon 1 and Ambrose’s Victor Nabor Felix Pii,” St. Ambrose of Milan: (Re-)Constructing Community, Academy for the Study of Saint Ambrose of Milan, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA

March 20, 2018, Kathleen Kirsch, "Teaching through Exemplary Poetry: The Didactic in Peristephanon 10," The Eichstätt/Washington Seminar in Classical and Christian Culture, Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

January 26, 2018, Sarah E. Moravsik, “Gregory of Nyssa and the Summa on the Circular Movement of Contemplation," Thomas Aquinas and the Greek Fathers, Ave Maria University, Ave Maria, FL

December 1, 2017, Sarah E. Moravsik, “tetigisti me, et exarsi in pacem tuam (Conf. X. 38): The Spiritual Sense of Touch in Augustine's Confessions,” MAGNUS ES DOMINE: Graduate Student Conference on St. Augustine’s Confessions, Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

October 27, 2017, Kathleen Kirsch “Peristephanon 10: The Martyr as Martial Model” LOGOS Colloquium, Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

October 7, 2017, Dr. Sarah Brown Ferrario, "Introduction: The Rationale for the Washington Ancient Mediterranean Seminar," Classical Association of the Atlantic States Annual Meeting, New York, NY

September 21, 2017, Alex Poulos, “Callimachus and Callimacheanism in the Epigrams of Gregory of Nazianzus,” The Poetics of Callimachus and Its Influence on the Epigrammatic Tradition (V SEMANA DE ESTUDOS SOBRE O PERÍODO HELENÍSTICO, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

July 10, 2017, Karen Carducci, “A Comparative Inquiry into the Nature and Norms of Wealth and Value: Ancient Lapidaries, Modern Economic Theories,” Adam Smith Fellowship Colloquium (“The Philosophy, Politics, and Economics of Liberty”), Mercatus Center, George Mason University, Arlington, VA

June 15, 2017, Karen Carducci, “Fantastic Glyptic Beasts and When to Find Them,” Society for Classical Studies / Emory University Summer Seminar in Material Culture, Atlanta, GA

June 2017, Sr. Maria del Fiat Miola, "Un monastère familial/ The Family Monastery," Césaire d'Arles et les cinq continents, 187-197, Arles: Actes Sud; Venelles: Aux sources de la Provence

May 25, 2017, Dr. Sarah Brown Ferrario, "Conflict about Conflict: Ascribing--or Appropriating--Historical Agency in Classical Greece," The Causes of Conflict in Ancient History and Historiography, AITIA/AITIAI: Le lien causal dans la pensée antique: origines, formes et transformations, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

See the archive of past presentations.