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Academics

Why Study Classics?

The study of Classics has traditionally been promoted as the source of many of the foundational texts of Western civilization, providing the bases for philosophy, law, rhetoric, literature, architecture, drama, and other fields. The study of classics, with its focus on critical thinking and effective communication, provides an excellent foundation for nearly any career in public life, communication, education, journalism, the arts, etc. Another reason to study Classics: Greek and Latin texts are central to contemporary re-examinations of social issues concerning race, gender, and class – areas in which several of Miami's Classics Department faculty specialize. So whether you want to understand the past, prepare yourself for a career, be part of exciting new discussions about the way we live now, or all of the above, Classics is an excellent choice.

Why Study Greek?

  • Understand English technical vocabularies from philosophy to geology. 
  • Nearly all terms in biology, medicine, and other hard sciences are derived from Greek.
  • Greek is the language of the New Testament.
  • Students of ancient Greek tend to have some of the highest scores on pre-graduate and professional exams, such as the GRE, MCAT, and LSAT.
  • Understand medical terminology.

Why Study Latin?

  • Latin is the language of Western Christianity.
  • Understand legal and scientific terminology (stare decisis, nolo contendere, homo sapiens.
  • Read some of the greatest literature ever written – including Vergil, Cicero, and Ovid – in the original.
  • Ace the GRE’s, build your vocabulary, impress your friends.
  • Be able to read US money (e pluribus unum) and the Hogwarts motto (drago dormiens non titillandus)

Why Major in Classical Humanities or Classical Languages?

The Classics Department offers a number of unique experiences for undergraduates. Our smaller classes offer an intimate learning environment and the chance to form close working relationships with professors. A lively group of majors and minors provides a social and intellectual community through the Classics Club. Classics students have an excellent record obtaining support for independent student research, and some are currently engaged in preparing their own books for on-line and Print-on-Demand publication. Every spring Classics students gain valuable organizational experience through running the Undergraduate Classics Conference, the first of its kind, which attracts students from other universities across the country.

A Classics major is one of the most highly regarded liberal arts degrees, emphasizing careful reading, writing, and critical thinking skills that you will use throughout your life, whatever career path you choose.