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Classical Studies

Classical Studies

Develop the critical thinking, writing, analysis and interpretation skills that are foundational for leadership positions in a wide variety of careers through a degree in classical studies.

Classical studies takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the Mediterranean world (Greece, Rome, Egypt and the Near East), including the study of language, history, economics, literature, philosophy, drama, religion, art, archaeology and environmental studies. Explore the vibrant cultures of the Greeks and Romans – on campus and through ample study abroad opportunities – and see how our present day is shaped by their legacy.

Sydney West ’24

I have made countless connections to the outside world because of DePauw.-Sydney West ’24


Trsimeno Field School Discovery of tile floor in nymphaeum

Internships Students Have Participated In:

  • Trasimeno Regional Archaeological Project (Umbria, Italy): 36 DePauw students from 2015-present

  • The American Excavations at Kenchreai (Greece)

  • Balkan Heritage Foundation/Bulgarian Center for Underwater Archaeology

  • The Getty Museum

  • University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

  • American Numismatic Association Summer Seminar

  • Indianapolis Children’s Museum

Graduate Programs

Graduate schools students have attended:

  • Brown University

  • Bryn Mawr College

  • Florida State University

  • Indiana University

  • University of California, Berkeley

  • University of Cincinnati

  • Washington University

  • University of California, Los Angeles

  • University of Chicago

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  • Pedar Foss, Ph.D., University of Michigan. Research interests: landscape archaeology, the art and archaeology of Pompeii and the Bay of Naples, and Latin literature.
  • David Guinee, Ph.D., University of Michigan. Research interests: Latin pedagogy, Latin epic poetry, and myth.
  • Jinyu Liu (on leave 2023-24), Ph.D., Columbia University. Research interests: Roman social history, the reception of Graeco-Roman Classics in China, and Latin epigraphy.
  • Rebecca Schindler, Ph.D., University of Michigan. Research interests: Greek culture in South Italy and Sicily, archaeological ethics, and the Trasimeno Regional Archaeological Project (Umbria, IT).
  • Michael Seaman, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles. Research interests: ancient history, ancient Greek and Roman warfare, and historiography.
  • James Wells, Ph.D., Indiana University. Research interests: ancient Hellenic lyric poetry, translation, and contemporary poetry and poetics.