What is a classics degree?

Classics is not a way of looking at the past; it’s a way of truly understanding the present. A classics degree focuses on the ancient Mediterranean world – literature, business, art, science, history, medicine, rhetoric, economics, politics, law and more. It helps us address humanity’s important questions through the lens of the ancients.

Why study classics at Furman?

Classics courses at Furman are engineered to give students (1) a deep respect for the power of language, (2) an appreciation for cultural difference, (3) cutting-edge skills for analyzing data, and (4) the self-reflection to know what matters in life and in a career. Plan a visit to Furman’s beautiful campus or start your application today.

How will you learn?

In recent years, classics students have used research opportunities to edit medieval manuscripts, produce digital editions of ancient texts, translate a Latin “reader’s digest” version of Homer’s “Iliad,” create an online database for Furman’s ancient coin collection, and annotate geospatial features in ancient texts.

Classics research has taken our students all over the world. Students have studied with the Homer Multitext Summer Research Seminar at the Center for Hellenic Studies of Harvard University; the University of Leipzig’s Seminar in Ancient History; and the University of Leipzig Department of Computer Science. Students have also presented their research as near as Greensboro, North Carolina, and as far as Leipzig, Montreal, and Mexico City.

Dig into the Furman Editions project: “Editions, done right, for learners,” where students research and work with professors to create editions of never-before-published texts.

Through affiliate relationships with College Year in Athens (CYA) and the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome (ICCS), students gain concentrated study experiences in the ancient cities. Furman-led study away trips have further explored sites such as Crete, Sicily, Turkey, Pompeii, southern Spain, Florence, Olympia, Delphi and Thessaloniki.

Classics courses: What will you study?

Sample courses include:

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  • 81%
    Classics students who participate in any engaged learning experience
  • 48%
    Classics students who participate in May Experience (MayX)
  • 38%
    Classics students who conduct research

Our faculty

Your academic advisor will help you explore your passions, define your interests and achieve your goals. You’ll tap into a widespread network of community and alumni mentors to help you on your individual educational path – and to the opportunities at the end of it. Furman’s classics faculty represent decades of study and real-world expertise. Take your first steps by contacting admissions or reading more about how to apply.

Christopher Blackwell

The Louis G. Forgione University Professor of Classics

Randall Childree

Associate Professor of Classics; Chair of Classics

Eunice Kim

Assistant Professor, Classics

Chiara Palladino

Assistant Professor, Classics

David Wright

Visiting Assistant Professor, Classics
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