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Discovery of the ancient Mediterranean world and its enduring value.

Students who seek a degree in Classical Studies at DePauw develop critical thinking, writing, analysis, and interpretation skills that are foundational for leadership positions in a wide variety of careers.


Classical Studies approaches the ancient Mediterranean world (Greece, Rome, Egypt and the Near East) from multiple angles, including Greek, Latin, history, economics, literature, philosophy, drama, religion, art, archaeology, and environmental studies.

Courses & Majors

SAMPLE COURSES

Greek and Latin, all levels, Ancient Greek World/Ancient Roman World, Aegean, Egyptian and Near, Eastern Archaeology, Greek and Roman Mythology, Classica Africana, Impact of Empire, Who Owns the Past?, Why? The Quest for Meaning

MAJORS AND MINORS

Classical Civilization (major or minor), Latin (major or minor), Classical Archaeology (minor), Greek (major or minor)

EXAMPLES OF INTERNSHIPS

Soprintendenza Archeologica Dell'umbria          Penn Museum

GRADUATE INSTITUTIONS ATTENDED

  • Brown University
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • Florida State University
  • Indiana University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Indiana University
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Washington University

Student Profiles

STEVEN KARACIC ’07

Steven, a Latin and Classical Archaeology major, received his M.A. and Ph.D in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology at Bryn Mawr College, and is now a state archaeologist in the Department of Culture and Tourism in the United Arab Emirates.

SETH ELDER ’08

Seth, a Latin major and Greek minor, received a Fulbright award to research archaeological looting in North Macedonia. He became the town manager for Dillsboro, IN from 2015-17, and now runs his own company, Elder Restoration, which specializes in restoring historic windows.

Careers & Awards

CAREER OPTIONS

Law, Museum curation, Journalism, Art conservation, Library science, Politics, Higher or secondary education, Writing, Archaeology

AWARDS AND HONORS RECEIVED BY STUDENTS

Asher Fund for Research in Humanities, Fulbright Award for Research in Macedonia (Seth Elder, 2008), The Etruscan Foundation Fieldwork Fellowship (Rebecca Kerns, 2017)

STUDENT PROFILES

ASHLEY RAMSEY HANNUM ’11

Ashley, a Classical Civilizations major and Chemistry minor, volunteered at several Indiana museums before becoming an archaeology lab assistant at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, where she is now the Curator of the Anthropology and Archaeology collection.

FRANK ABA-ONU ’07

Frank, a Classical Civilizations major, received his law degree at the University of St. Thomas, became an assistant district attorney general, and, as a litigator for Bassford Remele in Minneapolis, has been named a 2019 “Up & Coming Attorney” in Minnesota.

Faculty

Pedar Foss, Ph.D., University of Michigan. Research interests include landscape archaeology, Roman art and archaeology and Latin literature. Writing a book on the A.D. 79 eruption of Mt. Vesuvius.

David Guinee, Ph.D., University of Michigan. Research interests include Latin pedagogy, Latin epic poetry, late antiquity and myth. Smithsonian expert for study tours of Italy.

Jinyu Liu, Ph.D., Columbia University. Recipient of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s New Directions Fellowship (2011-2014); principal investigator of “Translating the Complete Corpus of Ovid into Chinese with Commentaries,” a multi-year project sponsored by a National Social Science Fund of China major grant (2015-2020).

Kristin Mann, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles. Research interests include fable collections, literature and culture of the Roman empire, gender and sexuality. Favorite class to teach is Sex and Gender in Greco-Roman Antiquity.

Rebecca Schindler, Ph.D., University of Michigan. Director of excavations for the Trasimeno Archaeological Field School in Umbria, Italy (2015-present). Research interests include Greeks in South Italy and Sicily, archaeological ethics and spatial analysis in archaeology.

Michael Seaman, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles. Research interests include ancient history, ancient Greek and Roman warfare and historiography. Favorite classes to teach are ancient athletics and ancient warfare.

James Wells, Ph.D., Indiana University. Author of “Pindar’s Verbal Art: An Ethnographic Study of Epinician Style.” Research interests are performance of ancient Greek poetry, translation, ecology and environment.

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