In the course of their degree, all classics majors achieve an integrated knowledge of:
- The primary political, social, and military events and developments in the ancient Greek and Roman world;
- The intellectual, cultural, and literary touchstones of the ancient Greek and Roman world;
- How the ancient world has influenced, and continues to influence, later cultures.
Students who complete Latin, Greek, or Classical Languages Majors also master:
- The grammar, syntax, and vocabulary of the Greek and/or Latin languages, for reading and writing;
- The distinguishing characteristics of the various styles of the poets and prose writers active during various literary periods;
- The fundamental structural elements common to all languages.
By the time of graduation, all classics majors are able:
- To read critically texts and literature about the ancient Greek and Roman world.
- To analyze and synthesize the relevant literature and design inquiries about it.
- To conduct undergraduate-level research into the literature and culture of the ancient Greek and Roman world.
- To write and speak well about the content of Classical Studies and their own research.
- To analyze and construct sophisticated arguments and to evaluate the validity and reasonableness of evidence drawn from literature and material culture.
- To integrate and apply to the contemporary world the histories, philosophies, stories, and rhetoric of the classical world, and to communicate their abiding importance effectively to both professional and lay audiences.
In addition, all Latin, Greek, and Classical Languages majors learn to read and translate central Greek and Latin texts, and to identify the resources that will help them read other texts.