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

Cycladic church

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!

Minors

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.

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

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, our department chair, is a past President of CAAS, and Dr. Sarah Ferrario is a past Director from the DC region.  Please contact Dr. Ferrario if you are interested in joining CAAS or learning more about its opportunities!
 

ETA SIGMA PHI

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 2015 induction class contained 12 new members (in addition to the 27 current ones), 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 

    • 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 ArtsThis course will be offered again in fall 2015, TTh 5:10-6:25pm.

 

Intra et extra

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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

See the archive of past presentations.