The Department of French, Italian, and Classical Studies is committed to ensuring that each of our students has every opportunity to fulfill their academic potential.
Careers and Internships
We are happy to say that you need not choose between your love for language and your ambitions to succeed professionally. We've set this portion of the website aside as a resource for our students as they plan their careers.
- Miami University’s main diversity and inclusion website: One Miami
- Office of Institutional Diversity: works to attract and retain significant numbers of students, faculty, and staff from historically underrepresented groups as well as members of other groups that have faced significant barriers to higher education.
- Office of Equity and Equal Opportunity: ensures that Miami University provides an equitable environment for students, faculty, and staff.
- Student Success Center: Serves Active military, veterans, and benefit-eligible dependents of active military and veterans, Commuter students, First-generation college students, Foster care alumni and emancipated youth, Housing insecure students, Low-SES students, Non-traditional age students, Students with dependent children, Transfer and relocation students
- Title IX - Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” Ms. Kenya D. Ash, Director of the Office of Equity and Equal Opportunity, is the University’s Title IX Coordinator. Ms. Ash may be reached at 513-529-7157.
- Sexual Assault and Interpersonal Violence Prevention, Education, and Resources
- Sexual Assault Services through Counseling Services
- Women's Center - A welcoming space for all gender identities and expressions
- Women Helping Women Hotline: 513-381-5610
- Student Counseling Service - Resources for students seeking help in coping with stress or other mental health concerns
- Diotima - Resources for the study and teaching of women and gender in antiquity
- Classics at the Intersections - Rebecca Futo Kennedy’s blog includes syllabi for teaching race, ethnicity, immigration, and marginality in antiquity
- From Abortion to Pederasty: Addressing Difficult Topics in the Classics Classroom - The essays from Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz and Fiona McHardy’s edited volume (2014)--on teaching sexuality, rape, violence, and other difficult topics--can be downloaded here
- Teaching Rape Texts in Classical Literature - A useful article on talking about rape in the Classics classroom
Scholarships and Awards
- Adrian Gaskins Award - The Adrian Gaskins Memorial Scholarship Fund will be awarded to Miami University students participating in any study abroad program. There is a strong preference to select students of historically underrepresented populations, with financial need, who have not previously studied abroad.
- Co-Curricular Learning Grants
- Dean's Scholar Program
- Frank and Natalie Clark Memorial Fund Study Abroad Scholarship. A merit-based scholarship of $500 for Miami students majoring or minoring in Classics to participate in a study abroad program focusing on the Classical world.
- Miami University Study Abroad Scholarships
- Provost's Student Academic Achievement Award
- Scholar Leader Program
- Undergraduate Associates Program
- Undergraduate Research Awards Program (UGR)
- Undergraduate Summer Scholars (USS)
- Urban Leadership Internship Program
- AIA Waldbaum Scholarship
- American Classical League Scholarships
- ASOR Scholarships- Undergraduates are eligible for all of the scholarships on the page except the Harris.
- Etruscan Foundation Fieldwork Fellowship
- IFR Scholarships– The Institute for Field Research webpage includes a list at the bottom of the page with additional funding sources for students.
- John J. Winkler Prize - "For the best undergraduate or graduate essay in any risky or marginal field of classical studies"
- List of Undergraduate Student Journals in Ancient Studies
- Manson A. Stewart Scholarships
- Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship - The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship enable students with limited financial means the opportunity to participate in undergraduate study abroad programs worldwide.
- SAA Native American Scholarship
- SCS Blog Article: Funding Opportunities for Students and Teachers of Classics, Ancient History, Art History, and Archaeology
- SCS Minority Scholarship in Classics and Classical Archaeology
- Sportula - Provides microgrants (petty cash of $5-$300) to economically marginalized undergraduates in Classics
- Archaeology Field School at James Madison's Montpelier (External field school with possibility of paid internship afterward)
- Bridge MA in Classics from the University of Michigan - "Individuals from non -traditional backgrounds, ethnically diverse cultures, or first generation college students are particularly encouraged to apply"
National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates - Funded opportunities to participate in field research in fields such as archaeology, history, and linguistics
The Institute for Field Research - Field schools in archaeology, ethnography, conservation, and museum studies where both the research designs and teaching methods are peer-reviewed. Some scholarships are available (see above under External Awards).
Archaeological Institute of America Archaeological Fieldwork Opportunities Bulletin - Searchable global database of fieldwork opportunities
AIESEC (pronounced eye-sek) is the International Association of Students in Economics and Business. AIESEC operates an international job exchange, which annually matches 5,000 businesses and students worldwide. The organization is totally student run, from the international headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, to the local committee here at Miami. Membership in AIESEC is through an interview selection process and successful completion of a training program. For more information, stop by their office at 15 Laws Hall, call 513-529-2843, or send an email.
Weekly afternoon get togethers offer a casual setting where students can practice language skills and meet with other speakers at all levels, from beginners to faculty and foreign visitors. Both locations below take cash, credit cards, and MUlaa cards. Please feel free to stop by either or both days.
Every Tuesday afternoon at 3:00, students, faculty, and guests are encouraged to meet at Haines Food Court in the Shriver Center.
Every Wednesday afternoon at 3:30, students, faculty, and guests are encouraged to meet at King Cafe.
If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Andrea Righi.
The Department's students also run a dynamic extra-curricular French club. Pi Delta Phi is a national honorary society for students in French, and Miami is proud to host one of the most active chapters in the country. Run entirely by undergraduates with the assistance of a faculty liaison, Professor Michel Pactat, Pi Delta Phi regularly organizes a wide variety of activities for students interested in discovering more about the French-speaking world and French culture in the United States. Events in recent semesters have included trips to restaurants, art exhibitions, plays, and films in the Cincinnati area. There have also been numerous on-campus activities such as crêpe-making, African drumming workshops, Caribbean dinners, and student-faculty volleyball. For information on events planned for the current academic year, send an email to the faculty liaison, Professor Michel Pactat.
To be eligible for Pi Delta Phi membership, students must meet the following criteria:
- a 2.8 cumulative GPA
- a 3.0 GPA in French courses
- Students must be currently enrolled in, or have taken at least one course in French at or above the 300 level.
- Pay the full national membership fee of $40 (for the first year). For each subsequent year of membership, the fee is $25.
Students interested in becoming a member of Pi Delta Phi should contact Professor Michel Pactat. For membership, please apply online using the online application form. Upon notification from the faculty advisor of acceptance, you will need to pay your membership fee at the Department office, located in 207 Irvin Hall. For more information about the benefits of membership, please consult the Pi Delta Phi web site.
National Italian Honor Society.
Classics National Honor Society, the oldest and most prestigious academic honor society in the United States.