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Exploring the Roots of Christianity and Modern Culture

Study classics at Calvin

Classics offers you a valuable foundation for advanced studies in:

  • off campus studiesArchaeology
  • Art History
  • Biblical Studies
  • History
  • Law & Medicine
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Philosophy
  • Theology

If you want an in-depth understanding of the Gospel in history you will benefit by studying that ancient world.

The Princeton Review ranks Classics as an excellent major for medical school, law school, and notes that Classics majors "consistently have some of the highest scores on GREs of all undergraduates." Read more here.


Read Professsor Kim's newly published biography of Epiphanius of Cyprus. Young Richard Kim studies the bishop as a historical person and a self-constructed persona, as mediated within the pages of the Panarion. This is the first complete biography of the fourth century bishop to be published in English.


Read Professor Noe's new translation of Fransiscus Junius' A Treatise on True Theology. Junius (1545–1602) was an influential pastor and professor during the developmental years of Reformed orthodoxy. As a skilled linguist, biblical exegete, and theologian, Junius shaped the Reformed tradition in profound ways. Junius’ Treatise on True Theology is a scholastic introduction to the discipline of theology.


Read Professor Kim's new translation of St. Epiphanius of Cyprus' Ancoratus. This is the first complete English translation of Epiphanius' theological treatise, written as a letter to Christians in southern Anatolia in the 4th century. Published by The Catholic University of America Press, April, 2014.


PHcoverRead about the importance of classical literature for a better understanding of today's world in Professor Noe's chapter, "New Life from Ancient Texts" in Practically Human: College Professors Speak from the Heart of Humanities Education, edited by G. Schmidt and M. Walhout. Grand Rapids: Calvin College Press, 2012.




Professor Young Kim was the featured presenter at the Calvin History Department colloquium Wed., Nov. 19. Click here for more information on his presentation "Bitter and Sweet Lemons: Ten Months in Cyprus."

Biduum Latinum Calvinianum
This autumn the Department of Classics will host a weekend of spoken Latin, October 15 and 16. All are welcome to attend, regardless of Latin ability. For conference information and registration, click here.

Click here to read a Calvin news article featuring Professor Noe and the Biduum Latinum Calvinianum.

See here for quotes and images from the Fall 2013 conference.

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