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Welcome to Classical Studies!


Why Study Classics?

Time is a webwork that interconnects everything, like a tapestry documenting the story of humanity with a million threads at once.

And what seems lost in the past, might just be found in our future.

Studying Classics offers the ability to dissect and analyze the ancient roots of contemporary society from two highly influential and vanished civilizations — it provides a classics major the tools to investigate the original clockwork behind the timeline of humanity. As a whole, the major brings forth the opportunity for students to delve into the linguistic, archaeological, mythological, and historical traditions that have influenced people for centuries. With such influence, what might have its roots in ancient Rome or Greece that you use in your everyday life? What word would not exist if not for its use in a classical text? Is there technology today that these classical civilizations hinted at? Classical studies holds not just answers to these questions, but endless possibilities that are ready to present themselves when asked.

What Can A Classics Student Do?

Besides gain access to the wonders of classical antiquity? Let The Princeton Review tell you:

"We can't overestimate the value of a Classics major. Check this out: according to Association of American Medical Colleges, students who major or double-major in Classics have a better success rate getting into medical school than do students who concentrate solely in biology, microbiology, and other branches of science. Crazy, huh? Furthermore, according to Harvard Magazine, Classics majors (and math majors) have the highest success rates of any majors in law school. Believe it or not: political science, economics, and pre-law majors lag fairly far behind. Even furthermore, Classics majors consistently have some of the highest scores on GREs of all undergraduates."

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Classical Studies Major and Minor 

Classical Studies can be an attractive and distinctive degree, or a complement to any major. A prestigious and long respected field of study, Classical Studies has evolved into a multidisciplinary field that explores all aspects of the ancient Greek and Roman world, including:
• traditional subjects such as art, architecture, history, literature, and theater
• specialty topics such as women’s studies, social history, medicine, identity studies, military history, and leadership theory
• heritage management and the politicization of the past

Classical Studies teaches important marketable skills, such as:
• critical thinking: analyzing written and spoken arguments
• data analysis: working with complicated and incomplete data sets (think an archaeological dig) to draw conclusions and form arguments
• cultural understanding: learn about cultures that are not only foreign but past
• imaginative reasoning: reconstructing the past world from the incomplete data we have preserved
• language building: especially English (>60% of English vocabulary is derived from Latin) and the Romance languages

Individualized Major in Classical Studies

Have you ever wanted to design your own major to fit your interests and academic goals? Would you like to work closely with faculty members? Would you like to gain demonstrable job skills, such as project management and presentation? Then consider designing your own major in Classical Studies through the Individualized Major Program (IMP)

Students in the IMP work with a faculty member in Classical Studies to design their own curriculum. Students can draw on relevant courses in Classical Studies, Museum Studies, Art History, History, Philosophy, Anthropology, or more, as well as study abroad programs. Besides a minimum of 34 credit hours towards the major, the IMP Student must take 2 courses:

-I360 Individualized Major Plan (1 cr. hr.): the student works with a faculty member to design a curriculum, form a committee of three faculty members, and present that curriculum to the committee for approval
-I460 Individualized Major Senior Project (3 to 6 credit hours): the student works with a faculty member to design a final project, such as an internship or research paper, that allows them to draw on the skills and interests they have learned in their classes 

Step-by-step guide to a Classical Studies IMP

Minor in Classical Studies

A minor in Classical Studies can be a distinctive complement to many majors, signaling academic achievement and critical thinking skills. It is also a chance to delve deeper into the study of the ancient world.

A minor in Classical Studies consists of 15 credit hours in CLAS courses or related fields within the following parameters:
-6 hours must be taken at 300 Level or Higher
-up to 6 hours can be counted from 100 level courses
-up to 6 hours can be counted from related fields, as approved by the Program Director
-6 hours must be completed on IUPUI's campus

You can declare a Minor in Classical Studies here


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Current Courses

Classical Studies (4-letter subject code: CLAS)

*Scheduling information is meant as a guide to upcoming course offerings and may be subject to change*


Classical Archaeology

A301 Classical Archaeology (3 cr.): Fall 2019
The material remains of the classical lands from prehistoric through Roman times and a variety of approaches by which they are understood. Archaeological theory and methods are illustrated through select sites, monuments, works of art, and other remains of cultural, artistic, and historical significance.

Equivalent to HER-H310 and IU Bloomington Classical Studies C206/Fine Arts A206; students may not receive credit for both courses.

C414 The Art and Archaeology of Rome (3 cr.): Spring 2020
Development of Roman architecture, sculpture, and painting from the beginning through the fourth century A.D. Consideration given to the major archaeological sites. Continuation of C413, but C413 is not a prerequisite.

Equivalent to HER-H414; students may not receive credit for both courses.

A418 Myth and Reality in Classical Art (3 cr.): Fall 2019
An introduction to Classical iconography (the study of images) that explores contemporary approaches to narration and representation. The course examines the illustration of myth, history, and everyday life in Classical art in relation to ancient society. Why and how did ancient societies represent stories in art? What can pottery and sculpture tell us about the role of story-telling in ancient life?

Equivalent to HER-H418; students may not receive credit for both courses.

C419 Art and Archaeology of Pompeii (3 cr.): Spring 2019
Survey of the archaeological evidence of the best-preserved ancient city, noting its importance to our knowledge of everyday life in the first century A.D.

Equivalent to Herron H419; students may not receive credit for both courses.

Classical Civilization

C101 Ancient Greek Culture (3 cr.): Fall semesters
CLAS-C101 is an historical and topical introduction to ancient Greek culture.  From prehistorical to Hellenistic cultures, C101 surveys the geography, economics, politics, philosophy, religion, society, technology, and daily lives of ancient Greeks by studying representative works of art, architecture, and literature.

C102 Acient Roman Culture (3 cr.): Spring semesters
CLAS-C102 is an historical and topical introduction to ancient Roman culture.  From prehistorical to Imperial cultures, C102 surveys the politics, economics, philosophy, religion, society, technology, and deaily lives of ancient Romans by studying representative works of art, architecture, and literature.

C205 Classical Mythology (3 cr.): Every semester
Introduction to Greek and Roman myths, legends, and tales, especially those that have an important place in the Western cultural tradition.

C351 The Golden Age of Athens (3 cr.): Fall 2018
Literary and artistic masterpieces of classical Greece viewed against the intellectual, cultural, and political background of democratic Athens.

C361 The Golden Age of Rome (3 cr.): Spring 2019
Literary and artistic masterpieces of the Augustan age viewed in connection with the foundation of the Roman Empire.

C386 Greek History (3 cr.): Fall 2019
Political, social, and economic developments in the Greek world from the age of Mycenae and Troy until the Roman conquest (30 BC). Greek colonial world, Athens and Sparta, career and legend of Alexander the Great, the Hellenistic age. Archaeology as a source of political and social history.

Equivalent to HIST C386; students may not receive credit for both courses.

C387 Roman History (3 cr.): Spring 2020
Political, social, and economic developments in the Roman world from the age of Kings to the late Roman Empire.

Equivalent to HIST C387; students may not receive credit for both courses.

C396 Classical Studies Abroad (1-9 cr.)
Credit for foreign study in classical languages, civilization, and archaeology when no specific equivalent is available among departmental offerings. Credit in C396 may be counted toward a minor in classical studies or classical civilization with approval of undergraduate advisor. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit hours.

P: Acceptance into an approved Indiana University overseas study program.

C491 Topics in Classical Studies (3 cr.)
A detailed examination of a particular aspect of classical civilization using a variety of literary and archaeological evidence.

C495 Individual Reading in Classics (1-3 cr.)
A student works with an interested faculty member to pursue a topic at length.

P: consent of department. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 credit hours.


L131 Beginning Latin I (4 cr.): Fall semesters
Fundamentals of the language; develops direct reading comprehension of Latin

L132 Beginning Latin II (4 cr.): Spring semesters
Fundamentals of the language; develops direct reading comprehension of Latin.

P: L131 or contact Program Director for placement.

L200 Second-Year Latin I (3 cr.): Fall semesters
Reading from select authors, emphasizing the variety of Latin prose. Examination of the concept of genre. Grammar review and/or prose composition.

P: L132 or contact Program Director for placement.

L250 Second-Year Latin II (3 cr.): Fall semesters
Reading from Virgil’s Aeneid with examination of the epic as a whole. Prosody of dactylic hexameter and study of poetic devices. Grammar review.

P: L132 or contact Program Director for placement.

L495 Individual Reading in Latin (1-3 cr.)
A student works with an interested faculty member to pursue a topic at length.

P: consent of department. May be repeated once for credit.


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Classical Archaeology

C413 The Art and Archaeology of Greece (3 cr.) Art and archaeology of Greece from about 1000 B.C. through the Hellenistic period. Special attention given to the development of Greek architecture, sculpture, and vase painting. (Equivalent to Herron H413; students may not receive credit for both courses.)

Classical Civilization

C209 Medical Terms from Greek and Latin (2cr.) Basic knowledge of some 1,000 words, together with materials for formation of compounds, enables student to build a working vocabulary of several thousand words. Designed for those intending to specialize in medicine, dentistry, or microbiology. Does not count toward the foreign language requirements or the distribution requirement.

C310 Classical Drama (3 cr.) Masterpieces of ancient Greek and Roman theater studied in relation to literary, archaeological, and artistic evidence for their production and interpretation.

C321 Classical Myth and Culture in Film (3 cr.) This course will consider the apparently timeless appeal of the classical world and its mythology to modern filmmakers, reflected in the recent release of blockbuster films.  What do they see (or imagine they see) in the remote, foreign civilizations of antiquity that still appeals to a modern popular audience?  In this course we will compare films with the literary sources on which they are based, examining how the films depict, recast, or distort classical sources, and the extent to which they reflect modern cultural values and interests, ending with an examination of Greek myth in a modern setting, comparing the book & film versions.

C350 Greek Literature in Translation (3 cr.) Survey of Greek literature through selected literary works of such authors as Homer, Herodotus, Thucydides, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, and Plato.

C360 Roman Literature in Translation (3 cr.) No Prerequisites.  Introduction to the study of Roman literature, including military and mythological epics (Virgil's Aeneid), live poetry (Ovid, Catullus), comedy (Plautus, Terence), history (Tacitus) and philosophy (Cicero) and more.

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Study Abroad

Programs abroad are open to students majoring in all academic disciplines and are not restricted to language majors. Study abroad programs include a 3-week-long program in Athens, Greece and a semester-long program in Athens. IU Overseas Study Programs.

Featured Classics Alumna

Cheyenne Eversole

Minor in Classical Studies '17 (International Studies Major, German minor)
Now entering Post-Baccalaureate Program in Classical Studies at University of Pennsylvania

"Growing up, I actually disliked classics, but when I took my first classics course my Junior year I was hooked. Most ideas, literature, buildings, and technology advancements have a Roman or Greek beginning, therefore I couldn't deny how important they were to everything I am and will become. When I wasn't sure I wanted to do archaeology, Dr. Thill suggested a field school called the Gabii Project with Michigan, so I decided to try it out. After now doing two dig seasons at Gabii, I truly feel I have found my niche in life. Now I am attending University of Pennsylvania for my Post-Baccalaureate program in Classics and plan on pursuing a Masters degree and PhD in Roman Archaeology."

Interested in doing an archaeological field school like Cheyenne did with the Gabii Project? Contact the Classical Studies Program Director Dr. Elizabeth Thill.


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The IUPUI Classics Club recently took part in International Archaeology Day on October 25 th , 2018 at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum. Dr. Martha Payne and Club members Becky Acker, Zac Johnson, and Josh Mefford shared an Ancient Roman board game with visitors to the museum. No word on how many children beat them at the board game or how many denarii were lost. The activity was originally designed by Dr. Pedar Foss of DePauw University, so an ancient board game challenge between IUPUI and DePauw could be on the horizon.


Meet Our Faculty

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Dr. Elizabeth Thill   Email Dr. Thill

Program Director, Assistant Professor of Classical Studies
Research and Teaching Interests: Roman sculpture, art in politics, classical archaeology  

Why I love Classics: I got hooked on Latin when I was in high school, and on archaeology when I visited Ireland. I loved the idea of imagining a different time and place. Now I continue to be amazed by the connections between the past and the present, specifically how learning about the past can guide us to a better present and future. I love the thrill of discovery and the pursuit of that great question: “What in the world is going on here?”



Dr. Glenn Snyder   Email Dr. Snyder

Visiting Assistant Professor of Classical Studies


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D r. Martha Payne   Email Dr. Payne

Visiting Lecturer in Classical Studies
Research and Teaching Interests: connections between ancient and Modern Greece; film links to ancient Greece & Rome; Classics in the comics; Classical Myth; ancient Greek and Roman history and archaeology; Reacting to the Past; medical terminology

Why I love Classics: I got into Classics because when I was in elementary school, I came across a Latin textbook that my great-grandfather, B.L. D'Ooge had written.  I started working on Latin a bit and the pictures were cool! In 9th grade English, we read Edith Hamilton's Mythology and we had to do a project finding modern products with mythological names; I remember finding Ajax cleanser as one of them.



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Prof. Rebecca Reneau   Email Prof. Reneau

Associate Faculty in Classical Studies
Teaching Interests: ecclesiastical Latin, Latin for children 

Why I love Classics Latin has held a pride of place among languages for centuries, and still today needs people who know it and hand it on. I have chosen to be one of these people.


Prof. Charlie Castanon   Email Prof. Castanon

Associate Faculty in Classical Studies   


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Featured Classics Minors


Becky Acker
English Studies Major
Why I love Classics: Classics, as a study, was never a topic that I considered before I began studying at IUPUI. I had always found mythology an interesting subject; I would seek out books all through middle school and high school that touched on the inanities of the ancient gods. Once I began studying mythology in college, I began to see the physical side of the study, the examination of artifacts and art, the collection of cultures long gone, with a far more interested eye. Today, I use my Classics minor to make inside jokes with my friends, broaden my knowledge of a real world beyond my imagination, and use my new access to ancient literature to color my own creative writing.

Parker Swayze
English (Writing and Literacy) Major
Classics and History Minors, Museum Studies Certificate
Why I love Classics: I started studying Classics my freshman year back in 2016 because I’ve always had a general interest in history. Though at the time I hadn’t decided what I wanted to do with my life yet, I knew that if ever wanted to pursue my interests in the museum field, I would need a background in Classics. So here I am four years later, History Minor completed, Classics Minor almost completed, and Museum Studies Certificate almost completed. I love learning about ancient Greece and Rome, and having a background in Classics will help make me marketable to future employers.


Classics Majors

Maddie Theaman
Classics and English Double Major
Native American and Indigenous Studies Minor, Museum Studies Certificate
Why I love Classics: I began my study of Classics in high school when I started learning Latin and ancient Greek. I was drawn to the mythology and then the culture and art of the Classical world. Today I love studying Classics for these same reasons, and because studying the Classical world gives me a lens through which I can analyze the ethics of how we talk about the past and determine its significance.



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