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!


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.


"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) 


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!


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 2013 induction class contained 12 new members (in addition to the 22 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

  • National Greek Exam Results: Students in GR 102 recently completed the National Greek Exam, administered to over 2000 students in five countries. One CUA student received High Honors and two received Merit Awards. Congratulations to the students and their teacher, Ms. Karen Carducci!

  • National Latin Exam Results: Students in LAT 102 and LAT 104 recently completed the National Latin Exam, administered to over 154,000 secondary and post-secondary students from 49 states and 17 foreign countries. Four CUA students received the distinction summa cum laude, nine maxima cum laude, seven magna cum laude, and nine cum laude. Congratulations to the students and to their teachers, Ms. Kathleen Kirsch and Ms. Keturah Kiehl!
  • Prof. William Klingshirn has been named to the editorial committee of Latinitas, the official journal of the Pontifical Academy for Latin. The first issue of its new series was published in Fall 2013. Beginning in 2014 it will appear twice a year. Latinitas is edited by [more...]

  • Congratulations to Shannon Ells, BA '14, who has received the Eta Sigma Phi Scholarship to attend the 2014 Classical Summer School of the American Academy in Rome!  After her summer in Italy, Shannon plans to enter graduate school.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Brent Gilbert, who successfully defended his dissertation, The Image of God, Greek Medicine, and Trinitarian Polemic in Gregory of Nyssa's De Hominis Opificio, on November 15, 2013!
  • Congratulations to Dr. Sarah Ferrario on the 2013 Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence in Early Career!
  • Dr. Richard Westall, CUA Rome Program, has recently published a new article entitled "The Relationship of Appian to Pollio: A Reconsideration," in Analecta Romana Instituti Danici 38 (2013).
  • Are you a CUA graduate student? If so, have you considered completing a Certificate in Greek, in Latin, or in Greek and Latin as part of your graduate program? Please contact Prof. Frank Mantello, Certificate Coordinator, to discuss your options.

Intra et extra

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Members of the department will be presenting their work at conferences and seminars during the upcoming academic year.