Explore the ancient world through classical history, literature, art and archaeology. This major will give you a thorough understanding of the ancient Mediterranean world and a lens through which to understand the world in which the early Christian faith developed.

Overview

The classical studies major is an 11-course program that focuses on the culture of ancient Greece and Rome. This program will give you a basic competence in Greek or Latin, as well as a substantial understanding of the ancient Greek and Roman cultures.

Take advantage of these opportuntiies:

  • travel to Greece, Italy or Turkey over the three-week January interim
  • read and translate original texts in Greek and Latin
  • use your knowledge of Greek and Latin to supplement other areas of study, from medicine to pre-seminary to law

Careers in Classical Studies

  • Historian
  • Archaeologist
  • Pastor
  • Librarian
  • More

See job placement rates for Calvin grads.

Student involvement

Participate in Classics Club; Volunteer with local branches of JCL (Junior Classical League); serve as a tutor

Course Requirements 2013-14

Classical Studies major

(30-35 semester hours)

  • CLAS-211 Classical Literature
  • CLAS-221 Classical Art and Architecture
  • CLAS-231 Classical Mythology
  • HIST-261 Ancient Greece & Rome
  • PHIL-251 History of Western Philosophy I
  • Two 200-level Greek or Latin courses:
  • Two from:
    • HIST-231 Ancient Near East
    • HIST-232 Hellenistic and Late Antique Near East, 350 B.C. to A.D. 900
    • HIST-262 Saints and Heroes in Dark-Age Europe, 400-1000
    • HIST-263 Medieval and Renaissance Europe, 1000-1500
    • HIST-264 Reformation and Revolution: Europe 1500-1800
  • Four from:
    • ARTH-101 Introduction to the History of Art I
    • ARTH-232 Early Christian & Byzantine Arts
    • ARTH-233 Medieval Art
    • ARTH-235 Italian Renaissance Art
    • CAS-320 History of Theatre and Drama I
    • HIST-231 Ancient Near East
    • HIST-232 Hellenistic and Late Antique Near East, 350 B.C. to A.D. 900
    • HIST-262 Saints and Heroes in Dark-Age Europe, 400-1000
    • HIST-263 Medieval and Renaissance Europe, 1000-1500
    • HIST-264 Reformation and Revolution: Europe 1500-1800
    • PHIL-312 Plato and Aristotle
    • REL-241 General Church History
    • REL-341 Early & Medieval Theology
    • Any course in Greek or Latin (students who complete two courses in Greek or two courses in Latin need only one more elective from this list)

Classical Studies minor

(18-24 semester hours)

  • CLAS-211 Classical Literature
  • CLAS-221 Classical Art and Architecture
  • CLAS-231 Classical Mythology
  • HIST-261 Ancient Greece and Rome
  • Three from:
    • HIST-231 Ancient Near East
    • HIST-232 Hellenistic and Late Antique Near East, 350 B.C. to A.D. 900
    • HIST-262 Saints and Heroes in Dark-Age Europe, 400-1000
    • HIST-263 Medieval and Renaissance Europe, 1000-1500
    • HIST-264 Reformation and Revolution: Europe 1500-1800
    • PHIL-251 History of Western Philosophy I
    • Any course in Greek or Latin (students who complete two courses in Greek or two courses in Latin need only one more elective from this list)

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Scholarships

Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2013-14 academic year.

Bruce and Esther (VanManen) Drukker Family Scholarship
  • award amont: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need required; preference to those also pursuing a degree in secondary education in addition to a degree in Classical Languages
  • automatic consideration
Ralph Stob and Boertje Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,700
  • any class level
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need not required; preference given to those interested in teaching Latin as a career
  • prospective students submit a letter to the Financial Aid Office (finaid@calvin.edu) describing your qualifications by February 1; returning students are given automatic consideration
Ernest Van Vugt Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.3+
  • financial need required
  • automatic consideration
Richard and Sylvia Wevers Scholarship
  • award amont: $2,200
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.3+
  • financial need not required; excelling in the study of Greek
  • automatic consideration
Martin P. and Florence DeGraaff Wiebenga Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,600
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need required
  • automatic consideration
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Faculty

Bert de Vries

Bert de Vries
Professor, Archaeology program director
Department of History
HH 492
dvrb@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6273

Rebecca DeYoung

Rebecca DeYoung
Professor
Department of Philosophy
HH 345
rdeyoung@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6418

Craig Hanson

Craig Hanson
Associate Professor
Department of Art and Art History
SC 209
cah26@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7544

Young Kim

Young Kim
Assistant Professor
Department of History
HH 480
yrk3@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7568

Henry Luttikhuizen

Henry Luttikhuizen
Professor of Art History
Department of Art and Art History
SC 105B
lutt@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6327

David Noe

David Noe
Associate Professor
Department of Classics
HH 363
dcn3@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6295

Stephanie Sandberg

Stephanie Sandberg
Professor
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
DCC 263
ssandber@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6713

Laura Smit

Laura Smit
Associate Professor
Department of Religion
HH 302
lsmit@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8580

Elizabeth Van Arragon

Elizabeth Van Arragon
Associate Professor
Department of Art and Art History
SC 207
ejv9@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6637

Christina Van Dyke

Christina Van Dyke
Associate Professor
Department of Philosophy
HH 350
cvdyke@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6676

Katherine van Liere

Katherine van Liere
Professor, sabbatical leave 2012-13
Department of History
HH 485
kvliere@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6817

Frans van Liere

Frans van Liere
Professor, director of Medieval Studies program, sabb leave 2012-13
Department of History
HH 485
fvliere@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6535

Mark Williams

Mark Williams
Professor
Academic Dean for Arts, Languages, and Education
Department of Classics
SC 383C
wilm@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6203

Jeffrey Winkle

Jeffrey Winkle
Assistant Professor
Department of Classics
HH 359
jwinkle@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6813

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