Frank and Natalie Clark Memorial Fund Study Abroad Scholarship Application

The Department of Classics is offering two $500 scholarships for Classics students to study abroad on Classics programs. Classics students are defined as matriculated students with a major or minor in the Classics Department. Classics programs need not be Miami-­‐run, but most have all or the majority of the material in them covering the Classical world. The scholarship is open to students in short term, summer, semester, and year long programs. This is a merit-­‐based scholarship, not need-­‐based. Scholarships will be granted by a committee of the Classics department faculty based solely on applications received including academic record and student statement on expected benefits of the program.

Application Deadlines: October 20, 2014 for Winter or Spring Term. March 1, 2015 for Summer or Fall Term.
Download the application and return to the Classics Department Chair.
Note: Students are strongly encouraged to apply for additional funding to support study abroad.

Non-Credit Trip: Ten Days in Italy and Greece

Non-Credit Trip: Ten Days in Italy and Greece

Rome, Sorrento, Delphi, Athens, extension cruise to the Greek Isles

Surrounded by some of humankind’s greatest treasures, every breath is a history lesson.

You’ll walk through the Parthenon and the Colosseum as Titus did, and wonder how these architectural icons could have been any more breathtaking in his time. Shimmering marble and cracking stone—in both cities—serve as marked reminders of the peaks of both as ancient world-conquering powers. Led by Starla Alexander.

Student Profiles

  • Lisa Mays

    "I graduated from Miami in 2009 with degrees in Anthropology, Classical Humanities and Classical Languages. "

  • Chris Dobbs

    "Chris Dobbs earned B.A.s in Classical Humanities and Classical Languages from Miami University in 2011."

  • C. Jacob Butera

    "I graduated from Miami in 2003 with a degree in both Classics and Ancient Greek. While at Miami, I had the great fortune to study abroad in Florence, Italy and took a number of independent studies, including courses on Latin Epigraphy and Greek Palaeography in the Classics Department."

  • Stephanie Chapman

    "I finished my undergraduate degree at Miami University in 2005, majoring in Classical Humanities and triple minoring in Medieval Studies, Art History and Architecture, and Anthropology."

News about Classics

Latin Language Makes Comeback Thanks to Pink Floyd and Pope

From Facebook to Pink Floyd and Google to Harry Potter, long-dead Latin is enjoying something of a modern renaissance.

'The next generation of tech talent needs to be educated in history, classics and languages'

A traditional academic curriculum is the best way to prepare pupils for the new technology-driven economy, says Adam D'Souza

Classics majors continue to score highest on the LSAT

Classics and Policy Studies majors score the best on LSAT, and philosophy Majors hae the best change of geting into law school.
By Mike Stetz

2014 Awards Ceremony

Congratulations to the following students who were awarded prizes and honors this spring! Bishop-Elliott Prize for excellence in Classical Humanities: Shea Hendry and Sam Fogle; Bishop Latin Prize: Karen Krumpak and Grace Clements; Elliott Greek Prize: Stephanie Krause; Henry Montgomery Scholarship for a student majoring in Classics: Yolanda O'Neill

2014 Award Winners

Miami and Ohio Universities Classically Cooperate

The Classics Departments of Miami University and Ohio University are engaged in a  new cooperative venture that puts Miami and OU students virtually in the same classroom.  OU Classics Professor James Andrews is teaching a 300 level course on Greek poetry at OU with his own five students of advanced Greek, together with three Miami students, who participate in the class via teleconferencing technology.  The three Miami students, Tyler Gau, Stephanie Krause, and Joe Ostrander, join the class from Room 220 Laws Hall, where equipment and software there make it possible for them to see and hear the other students in the class, and to be seen and heard by them.  The technology also makes it possible for the instructor to display content to all the students at once, whether it is a virtual blackboard that he writes on, texts in various formats, video, or web content.  Best of all the arrangement reproduces the feeling of seminar in which students across the state can interact with each other as though they were in the same room.

The arrangement was prompted in part by the interest in making under-enrolled courses more viable at each institution.  Small classes have become targets of economizing in challenging financial times for both universities.  In the last several years, such classes have had to be cancelled or taught as an overload course.  This new arrangement is a better solution for economizing, cutting in half the number of under-enrolled or overload courses at each institution.  Although Classics Professor Stephen Nimis is the official instructor of record for the Miami students, his role this semester has been minimal and purely logisitical.  Next semester, Nimis will teach a 400 level Latin course that will include advanced Latin students from both Miami and OU, while another advanced Greek course will be offered by OU Professor William Owens.

Beyond the issue of resources, the arrangement has had pedagogical consequences that are equally significant. These students are being introduced to the advantages and problems of a technology that is destined to play a greater role in future educational and business contexts.  Students at both institutions will also now have a broader cohort of fellow classicists who share their enthusiasm for the subjects they study, as well as access to a broader range of instructors.  In fact, this last weekend Nimis and the three Miami students travelled to Athens, Ohio, for the Ohio Classical Conference that was hosted by OU.  The students from the class were able to meet each other, watched a performance of Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses, and participated in a conference panel on their experiences in the class.  One of the OU students, Rachel Thomas, had presented a paper last year at Miami's annual Undergraduate Classics Conference, and the OU students are already planning to come in larger numbers for this spring's conference.

In preparation for the course this fall, faculty and staff met several times over the summer to test out various hardware and software options.  Technical support from Miami's Tim Schroeder and OU's Jessica Makosky was essential for the success of the experiment.