Classics is an interdisciplinary major. The study of the ancient world combines archaeology, philology, history, philosophy, and anthropology-among other disciplines. While Classics is the name traditionally given to the study of ancient Greece and Rome from the Bronze Age to the early Middle Ages, but the Classics curriculum also includes opportunities to study diverse cultures around the ancient Mediterranean and Near East. The curriculum provides students with the opportunity to read ancient literature both in the original languages and in English translation, and to explore the life and culture of antiquity. Several courses examine the reception of antiquity and its influential role in shaping the modern world. Students pursuing a major or minor in Classics are encouraged to study abroad in Athens and Rome.
Pitzer Adviser: M. Berenfeld.
AP Credit: One course credit toward graduation is awarded for scores of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement Examination in Latin (Vergil and Latin Literature).
Study Abroad: Pitzer students with an interest in Classics are encouraged to apply to study abroad at the Intercollegiate Classics Center in Rome or the College Year in Athens. Students should consult with their advisers about plans to study abroad.
There are two tracks for the major:
There are also two tracks for the minor