Welcome to the Department of Greek and Latin!
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.
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.
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.
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!
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"For the mind does not require filling like a bottle, but rather, like wood, it only requires kindling to create in it an impulse to think independently and an ardent desire for the truth."
Plutarch, Moralia 48c (trans. Babbitt)
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
ETA SIGMA PHI
Are you an incoming CUA freshman? For placement in Latin or Greek, see our Freshman Guide to Language Placement. If you are interested in majoring with us, please contact the department for further information.
Prof. William Klingshirn has been appointed a Fellow (sodalis) of the Pontifical Academy for Latin (Pontificia Academia Latinitatis). Founded by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012, the Academy aims to encourage the knowledge and study of Latin language and literature of all periods and to promote the use of Latin as a written and spoken language. Its president is Prof. Ivano Dionigi, Rector (President) of the University of Bologna. Further information on the Academy can be found here. A list of all eleven pontifical academies can be found at the website of the Roman Curia.
Instructor Tom Leoni and his students re-enact the battles of Greco-Roman warriors in the course CLAS 225, Ancient Warfare and Martial Arts. This course will be offered again in fall 2015, TTh 5:10-6:25pm.
Intra et extra
Members of the department present their work at conferences and seminars throughout the academic year. Watch this space for fall news, but in the meantime, taking place in summer 2015:
July 22, 2015: Prof. William Klingshirn, "Theologies of Divination in Late Antiquity: Ritual and Truth," Conference on Negotiating, Communicating, Relating: Approaches to Ancient Divination, Institute of Classical Studies, University of London
May 7, 2015: Prof. William Klingshirn, "Christian Magic and Divination in Merovingian Gaul," Guest Lecture, Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt