About the Program
A concentration in Classics and the Ancient Mediterranean World allows students to explore the cultures of Greece, Rome and Egypt in-depth, while providing an introduction to other ancient civilizations (including Assyria, Persia, and the Israelites).
Why study Classics at Roanoke?
Make a connection. With coursework in ancient languages, history, philosophy, religion, archaeology, art and literature, the classics concentration easily connects to several majors offered by the college.
Follow your passion. Students can pursue many aspects of ancient civilizations, from upper-level independent studies in Greek or Latin to advanced courses in the history, material culture, religion and patterns of thought of the ancient world.
Pursue excellence. Classics students have the opportunity to work one-on-one with an outstanding faculty at Roanoke, including one of few Egyptologists in the state.
Further, students may pursue in-depth research through independent studies, summer scholars and work-study research assistant programs. Roanoke's proximity to the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C., can also provide convenient opportunities for competitive and prestigious undergraduate internships in D.C. and in Greece.
Studies in the classics prepare students with critical thinking and analytical skills that translate into strong results on GRE and LSAT exams. Classics students often find themselves well-placed in graduate or law school.
The study of classics and the ancient world also prepares students for careers that require problem-solving, research and communication skills, as well as an essential understanding of world culture.
Dr. Ned Wisnefske, Schumann Professor of Lutheran Theology, recently released a new book. He dedicated God Hides: A Critique of Religion and a Primer for Faith "to all those at Roanoke College who have made it a good place to learn."