The Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies (ICCS) in Rome, Italy administered by Duke University is ideal for Whitman students majoring in classics or other fields such as art history and history with a classical component.  All students enroll in a core course entitled “The Ancient City” in which students learn about Roman history, archaeology, and civilization through frequent site visits, lectures, and museum tours.  The other course work involves one Greek or Latin course and the student’s choice of two area studies courses taught by ICCS faculty.  The program also involves longer field excursions to locations outside of Rome related to the areas of expertise of the program’s lead professor.  Past excursions have included Campania, Etruria, and Sicily.

Faculty Adviser:

Elizabeth Vandiver

Fields of study:

Ancient Roman history and archaeology, Greek and Latin literature, art history, and Italian language


Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; Must be majoring in classics or classical history/civilization, or in archaeology or art history with a strong classical component. This program is highly selective.

Language Requirement:

Prior study of at least one year of college-level Latin or Greek is required and a background in Roman history is strongly advised. 

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring


September – December, January – May


16-19 semester credits - Required Courses:
The Ancient City  (8 credits)
Intermediate/Advanced Latin or Intermediate/Advanced Greek (4 credits)
One elective course (4 credits)

Credit Conversion:

1 ICCS credit = 4 Whitman credit


Double rooms in a living and learning community called “The Centro”


Three meals a day are provided at The Centro from Monday to Friday, students are responsible for their own meals on Saturday and Sunday.




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Program Link:

Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies (ICCS) in Rome