As a Classics major at Syracuse University, you will immerse yourself in the study of the great literary and historic traditions, through language and culture. The classics encompasses history, drama, poetry, political science, and philosophy, and learning about them will give you a better understanding of the cultural politics of your modern world.

You can focus on classical civilization or, if your interest is in language, you may choose to focus on Greek or Latin. Classics is considered an impressive major for a wide variety of fields, and a degree in Classics is highly respected in job candidates.

Sample Courses

  • Readings from Greek Poets
  • Language Training Preparation for Research
  • Latin Prose Authors
  • Introduction to Archaeology and Prehistory
  • Gender Through the Ages
  • Roots of Western Civilization

Practical Experience

Seize opportunities to do community volunteering and professional internships – on campus, off campus, or internationally. Academic counselors and faculty advisors will guide you in aligning your interests and academic path with opportunities for growth.

Turn to the College of Arts and Sciences’ Center for Innovative Learning (iLEARN) for support with innovative educational programs and your undergraduate research activities. The center can help complement your traditional classroom and laboratory work with enhanced out-of-classroom learning experiences.

There are more than 350 student organizations at Syracuse University, and you can get involved with any of them. Explore themes like art, entertainment, advocacy, government, media, religion, and service.

Study Abroad

Broaden your perspective and enhance your resume with an international experience through SU Abroad, which features more than 100 programs in 60 countries. You can choose semester, summer, short term, and yearlong options for international study. Classics majors will find academic offerings at SU Abroad’s Florence Center in Italy, or study French culture in Paris, Nice and Provence.

Life after Syracuse University

As a College of Arts & Sciences graduate with a major in Classics, you can explore such careers as:

  • College Professor
  • Legal Assistant
  • Medical Science
  • Government service
  • Writing and Journalism

You can also pursue graduate training in such areas as law, medicine, education, journalism, and more. Recent graduates of the program have attended some of the top graduate schools in the U.S.

Learn more about Classics.