SFS Classics Certificate


Whether one examines modern issues in the Mediterranean world from religious political, or even broader cultural perspectives, the roots of these problems (and their problematic terminology) are often found in Greco-Roman antiquity.  The Classics Certificate is a way for students to explore in clearer terms the ways in which study of Greco-Roman antiquity may enhance an understanding of the development of the current world.

Courses on Greek and Roman history and civilization examine international dimensions of various conquests of the Mediterranean (including Egypt, the Middle East and its relation to modern religious conflicts there) and its strategies of incorporating diverse and distinct nations/peoples into its empire. A sustained engagement by students with Greco-Roman antiquity both reinforces the importance of the ancients for establishing the contours of current debates and demonstrates the extent to which the ancients themselves deeply engaged with the problems of those debates.  In turn, students will be better positioned to understand the modern world in all of its absolutes and ambiguities.

In order to be eligible for the Classics Certificate, students must complete a total of six (6) courses within the Classics concentration (CLSS, CLSG, or CLSL).  The capstone requirement is to perform original research on the ancient world; students can fulfill this by taking a Classical Studies (CLSS) course at the 300-level or by writing a twenty-page research paper for another Classics course, with pre-approval from the instructor of the class.  Students may take up to two courses while abroad if the content is relevant.

For further information, please contact the faculty advisor, Professor Josiah Osgood.