Eiffel Tower at sunset  Eiffel Tower at sunset
 Loire Valley castle at twilight  Loire Valley castle at twilight
 Florence cityscape at sunset  Florence cityscape at sunset
Colloseum in Rome Colloseum in Rome
 Greek Inscription on Stone  Greek Inscription on Stone

French, Italian and Classical Studies is an interdisciplinary department centered around the study of the languages and cultural systems of a range of past and present societies. Our curriculum integrates the study of language, literature, history, political theory, religion, art, archaeology, and film, while also emphasizing connections between the Greek and Roman world and later French and Italian-speaking communities. Although students may specialize in one or more areas of study, our programs are united in placing student learning within a broader humanistic context.

Meaningful Work

Our courses allow students to discover over three thousand years of language, culture, and human experience, including the ways people are held together by a commitment to understanding the creation of meaning. Through intensive study of the languages and cultural systems of France, Francophone Africa, Italy, and the ancient Mediterranean, students gain a broader perspective of some of the most pressing issues in the modern world, while also learning to decipher the codes that both tie society together and, conversely, produce social differences like race, class and gender. Those pressing issues include the future of the environment, globalization, and the relationship between technology and society. Departmental courses thereby emphasize critical understanding of the varied and changing intellectual and social structures that circumscribe human life. They also focus on the ways individuals negotiate those structures, including language itself, to create meaning.

A Rewarding Life

Our training helps students meet the challenges of today’s global society through a focus on diverse perspectives, critical thinking, and advanced communication and problem-solving skills. These valuable tools enable our students to succeed in the global job marketplace. By learning to identify what is meaningful to others and to themselves, they enrich their lives and the lives of those around them and become vital colleagues, global citizens, and effective leaders.

The Department actively support its students’ career planning

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Alumni

Katie Paul

Katie Paul

Katie A. Paul is the “Digger” of ArchaeoVenturers. She is an Anthropologist and Archaeologist with a Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region focus. Katie works to advocate for preservation of history in the MENA region at The George Washington University.

Lisa Mays

Lisa Mays

"I really credit the excellence of the Classics Department's advising process for helping me identify early the experiences that I needed as an Undergraduate in order to be an attractive candidate for a program like Bryn Mawr's and an excavation like the Agora."

Chris Dobbs

Chris Dobbs

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

C. Jacob Butera

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."

Stephanie Chapman

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."

Troy Webster

Troy Webster

Troy is currently a high school Latin teacher at Mill Creek High School in Hoschton, Georgia. He is teaching Latin I, II, and III this year.

Katherine M. Petrole

Katherine M. Petrole

Katie has spent four years as the Steinmetz Family Foundation Museum Fellow at Corinth Excavations in Ancient Corinth, Greece. Her work in this tiny, traditional Greek village leads back to her discovery of Classics in the small town of Oxford, Ohio.

Renee Perry

Renee Perry

Earning her degree at Miami helped get her into Officer Candidate School.

Study Abroad

Dijon, France

In this summer program, spend five weeks you'll remember for a lifetime with Miami University's Intensive French Study in Dijon Summer Workshop. This highly successful program gives students the opportunity to immerse themselves totally in the French experience while working in small seminars with an emphasis on discussion and participation. Students take 6 or 9 credit hours of classes. Weekly excursions are tied to classroom studies and are part of your credit hours.

Urbino, Italy

The Institute offers you the opportunity to study the Italian language in Italy under ideal conditions, plus the opportunity to experience Italian culture in the most natural way. The intensive nature of the courses means that you can concentrate exclusively on Italian, and you can earn the same credit (eight semester credits) normally earned in a full academic year of language study. Being in Italy means that you have a real incentive for achievement and that the learning process is constant, both in and out of class, both while you are studying and while you are enjoying leisure time.

Paris, France

This three-week workshop in Paris over J-term will allow students to discover masterpieces of French and American culture from the cathedrals of the Middle Ages to the contemporary modernist metropolis beloved by artists, writers, and filmmakers in a transnational context. It's a very walkable city with wonderful green spaces, cafés, and uniquely distinct neighborhoods, which make it the ideal location to discover the world as a traveler and to experience first-hand the amazing works of arts inspired by this great city.