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 

    • Join us in the summertime!  Our highly successful Summer Program in the Ancient Languages has posted its 2019 course information.  Tuition is only $500/cr for elementary-, intermediate-, and advanced-level courses in Greek and Latin, both in person and online! A schedule of classes is available here.

    • Congratulations to Susannah Marshall, graduating senior in History and Classical Civilization!  Her undergraduate senior thesis for her History major, entitled "Religion in Service of Politics: Egyptian Propaganda from 1500-1150 BC," has won the John K. Zeender Prize for the best senior thesis in the Department of History. 

    • Congratulations to Dr. Benjamin Lewis, our department's newest PhD!  Dr. Lewis defended his dissertation, entitled The Senses and Sensory Metaphors in Augustine’s Confessions, on April 17, 2019.

      Dr. Benjamin Lewis (center), celebrates the completion of his PhD with his colleagues from the International Commission on English in the Liturgy, including Sr. Maria Kiely, OSB (PhD, CUA G&L); Sr. Maria del Fiat Miola, SSVM (PhD, CUA ECS); and Executive Director of the ICEL Secretariat Monsignor Andrew R. Wadsworth.  (They are joined [left] by Dr. Sarah Ferrario, chair of CUA G&L.)

    • Congratulations to Dr. Alex Poulos, our department's next-newest PhD!  Dr. Poulos defended his dissertation, entitled Callimachus and Callimacheanism in the Poetry of Gregory of Nazianzus, on April 10, 2019.

    • Need more language work for graduate study?  Our postbaccalaureate Certificate Programs require no prior knowledge of Greek or Latin, but can train you to the advanced level at a reduced tuition rate!

    • "Translating Caesarius at The Catholic University of America," recently published by Prof. William Klingshirn in Caesarius of Arles and the Five Continents, provides a fascinating journey through our department's long traditions in patristic philology.

    • Msgr. James Marshall Campbell was a professor in the department, and then served as Dean of Arts and Sciences from 1934-1966.  His research interests were strikingly aligned with those of some of our current students and faculty.  Ronnie Georgieff blogs about Msgr. Campbell here.

    • Want to know more about ancient coins at the University? See Associate Archivist W. J. Shepherd's blog post about Catholic University's coin collection.

    • Dr. Dylan Rogers, Assistant Director of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, has recently published a blog column on Rev. Daniel Quinn, the first faculty member in classics ever appointed at CUA, in 1891.  After enjoying his column, you can also read more about the early history of the department.

    • The Catholic University of America Archives has just published an illustrated article on Monuments Man and former Greek and Latin Professor Bernard Mann Peebles (1906-1976). Two of the department’s endowments are named for Prof. Peebles, who served as Department Chair (1962-1970) and Margaret H. Gardiner Professor (1967-1976). 

    • See the archive of past announcements.


Intra et extra

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

March 22, 2019, Prof. William Klingshirn, “Lived Religion or Christian Sacrilege? Ritual Practice in the Homilia de Sacrilegiis." Speaker Series, University of Calgary, Department of Classics and Religion.

February 18, 2019: Karen L. Carducci, "Pregnant and Gendered Minerals: From Geodes to Parturition" at the Temple University Consortium on Weomen Family and the Household: Women and Healing, Philadelphia, PA

January 3, 2019: Kathleen M. Kirsch, “The Face of Vice: The Monsters of the Psychomachia,” Society for Classical Studies, San Diego, CA 

November 19, 2018: Karen L. Carducci, “Imagining Arabia from ‘Divinely Blessed’ to ‘Accursed Desert’: Greco-Roman Stereotypes about Pre-Islamic Arabian Society,” Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Denver, CO

October 20, 2018, Dr. Sarah Brown Ferrario, "Rumor and Misrepresentation in Xenophon's Anabasis," Anabases in Antiquity and Beyond: Xenophon's Anabasis and Its Legacy, University of Crete, Heraklion (Greece)

October 19, 2018, Dr. William J. McCarthy, “Pygmalions, orga(nic) and mecha(nical): a synthesis of fairy tale and myth in A.I. Artificial Intelligence,” V International Conference On Mythcriticism, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain)

October 13, 2018, Louise Mundstock, “Nature’s Artisans: The Human Animal of De rerum natura,” Second University of Florida Classics Graduate Symposium, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

October 5, 2018: Karen L. Carducci, "'Morals and Minerals: The Didactics of Stone Lore from Pliny the Elder to Isidore of Seville," Classical Association of the Atlantic States Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA

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
September 19, 2018, Maria Stouraiti, "Gnomes: Pindar's didactic aspect of the epinicion," LOGOS Colloquium, Catholic University of America, Washington, DC
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)