All of our majors take our foundational course (GRST 100), a semester of either Greek or Roman history, and must progress at least to the intermediate level in either Greek or Latin. After their early coursework, majors have the option of fulfilling their remaining requirements through advanced study in Greek or Latin, through courses in translation, or through a combination of both.
The department encourages interdisciplinary work. Faculty are frequently involved in team-teaching courses with members of other departments. Indeed the study of Greek and Roman antiquity involves learning about art, philosophy, religion, history, and literature.
Paid internships and research assistantships are available for many of the department’s majors. Students also often take advantage of scholarship money available for summer study at the American School for Classical Studies in Athens. Students are also encouraged to spend a semester during their junior year abroad in Rome or Athens.
Courses and Requirements
Academic requirements and courses are available in the Vassar College Catalogue.