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) 

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!


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 

    • Instructor Tom Leoni and his students re-enact the battles of Greco-Roman warriors in the course Ancient Warfare and Martial Arts.

    • The Classical Association of the Atlantic States has awarded departmental doctoral student Karen Carducci a Professional Development Grant to attend the January 2015 Winter School in Greek Paleography and Codicology at the American Academy in Rome, in collaboration with the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana.

    • Dr. Sarah Ferrario's book, Historical Agency and the 'Great Man' in Classical Greece, has just been published by Cambridge University Press.

    • Thanks to everyone who participated in CUA’s first Homerathon on Nov. 13 and 14. A special thanks to the twenty-four reader-rhapsodes who performed Homer's immortal Iliad for an appreciative audience of students, staff, and faculty.

    • Congratulations to Charles Giglio, BA, Greek and Latin, '64, named 2015 Teacher of the Year by the New York State Board of Regents!

    • Dr. Sarah Ferrario and Prof. Judith Hallett (Classics, University of Maryland, College Park), have recently received a $9900 Leadership Grant from the Classical Association of the Atlantic States.  It will support the re-launch of a Washington, DC-area seminar for professional scholars and advanced students of the ancient Mediterranean world.  Meeting twice per academic year, the Washington Ancient Mediterranean Seminar (WAMS) will serve simultaneously as an incubator for new research, a mentoring opportunity for junior scholars, and an impetus to encourage intellectual and administrative collaboration across area institutions.

    • Latin--and the department--in the news. See the article on "Latin in the Modern World," which features quotations and experiences shared by Prof. William Klingshirn and several departmental alumni, in the most recent issue of the CUA Magazine!

    • Congratulations to Greek and Latin graduate student (and Johns Hopkins biochemist) Luigi De Luca!  Dr. De Luca has been honored by the Italian government with the title Grande Ufficiale dell'Ordine della Stella d'Italia.  This honor was granted in recognition of his life's work in cancer research, his support of the Italian community in the US, and his commitment to a classical education in Greek and Latin. Further details at Presidenza della Reppublica.



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.

Oct. 9-11, 2014: Dr. William J. McCarthy and Dr. Sarah B. Ferrario have organized a panel for the annual Fall Meeting of the Classical Association of the Atlantic States in Washington, DC. Transformations of Sophocles in the Religious Contexts of Antiquity and Beyond will include papers by four members of the department:

Patricia M. Craig: “Apollo and the Delphic Oracle in Sophocles’ and Seneca’s Oedipus Plays”

Dr. William J. McCarthy “Sophocles’ eukolia, the Apotheosis of Oedipus, and Clement of Alexandria’s Speculation on the Nature of Resurrected Bodies”

Matthew A. T. Poulos, “Sophoclean and Euripidean Influence in the Poetry of Gregory of Nazianzus”

Karen Carducci, “Redeeming Jocasta: How Tawfiq al-Hakim Islamizes the Character in his Oedipus the King

See the archive of past presentations.