Mission and Learning Goals

The mission of the Classical Studies Program at Villanova University is to provide a multidisciplinary learning experience for the study of the civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome.  Students may gain linguistic skills in learning ancient Greek and Latin and then develop these skills further as they translate and analyze literary works in the original languages, from the 8th century BC epics of the Greek poet Homer to the 4th century AD theological works of Saint Augustine.  Students may examine the archaeological remains of ancient Greece and Rome to assess the development of Greek and Roman art and architecture and to interpret the significance of artifacts from daily life in the classical world.  In exploring both the literary and material evidence from ancient Greece and Rome, students may formulate theories about many facets of life in these civilizations which relate to a wide variety of scholarly fields:  linguistics, literature, theater, art, architecture, engineering, history, law, economics, political science, philosophy, theology, science, medicine, sociology and diversity studies (gender, race, ethnicity, etc.).  Thus, not only does the Classical Studies Program directly contribute to learning in specific areas, such as those required in the undergraduate core curriculum (e.g., language, literature, fine arts, diversity), its interdisciplinary nature also makes it a valuable complement to the study of any academic field in the University, as many of our students with multiple majors and courses of study have discovered.  In addition, the Classical Studies Program speaks directly to the mission of Villanova University as a Catholic Augustinian institution in that it provides an historical and literary context for the beginnings of Christianity and the life and works of Augustine.     

The Benefits of Studying the Classics

Apart from the intrinsic value of studying the classical world, the benefits of pursuing this field are many. To read about these benefits and learn more about the paths the study of the Classics can lead to, please click here.

What the Princeton Review Says:

The Princeton Review notes:

“We can't overestimate the value of a Classics major. Check this out: according to Association of American Medical Colleges, students who major or double-major in Classics have a better success rate getting into medical school than do students who concentrate solely in biology, microbiology, and other branches of science. Crazy, huh? Furthermore, according to Harvard Magazine, Classics majors (and math majors) have the highest success rates of any majors in law school. Believe it or not: political science, economics, and pre-law majors lag fairly far behind. Even furthermore, Classics majors consistently have some of the highest scores on GREs of all undergraduates.”

What the Princeton Review Says:

The Princeton Review notes:

“We can't overestimate the value of a Classics major. Check this out: according to Association of American Medical Colleges, students who major or double-major in Classics have a better success rate getting into medical school than do students who concentrate solely in biology, microbiology, and other branches of science. Crazy, huh? Furthermore, according to Harvard Magazine, Classics majors (and math majors) have the highest success rates of any majors in law school. Believe it or not: political science, economics, and pre-law majors lag fairly far behind. Even furthermore, Classics majors consistently have some of the highest scores on GREs of all undergraduates.”