Classical Studies

An ideal major for those who seek to join the great conversation that lies at the heart of all modern Western intellectual and philosophical thought and tradition, the study of the classical civilizations enables students to explore and appreciate the literatures, languages, cultures, and values of ancient Greece and Rome.

If you're looking to immerse yourself in classical literature and thought, and to develop an appreciation for the poetry, philosophy, history and rhetoric of some of the most influential figures within the Western tradition, the Department of Classics at Whitman College can give you the tools and guidance for this rewarding endeavor.

As a student of classical studies, you will graduate with a broad familiarity with the ancient world through a curriculum that balances the close study of primary texts with a consideration of cultural and historical phenomena from both the Greek and Roman worlds. You will also be offered instruction in one of the two ancient languages, Greek or Latin, and can learn to read original texts in that language.

Fundamentally interdisciplinary in nature, the program enables you to integrate different fields of study and to consider how the Greek and Roman worlds interacted with and influenced one another.