The department encourages students to study abroad, usually in their junior year. The University supports the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome and the College Year in Athens, and regularly sends two or three students to these programs for a term or a year. Students who wish to apply to these programs should visit the University’s Study Abroad Office website, and follow the application instructions listed there.
Other students participate in the summer school of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, take jobs on archaeological digs in Europe or the Middle East, or find other ways to visit classical lands. Student participation in archaeological fieldwork, usually excavation, is strongly encouraged as an important aspect of Classical studies training. Some financial aid is available for study travel.
The Department of Classics is part of the King’s College London Exchange Program. Through this arrangement, an undergraduate Classics major has the opportunity to study for one semester or a full academic year at the prestigious King’s College.
College Year in Athens
The department regularly sends undergraduate students to attend semester- or year-long programs at the College Year in Athens (CYA) in Greece. CYA offers a variety of courses in Greek and Latin; Classics; archaeology; Aegean prehistory; Greek and Mediterranean history; Greek anthropology, architecture, religion, ancient art; and modern Greek language and literature. The year-long and fall and spring semester programs consist of numerous trips to sites around mainland Greece, Crete and the Aegean, as well as a number of regular courses actually taught on site or in Greek museums. The program is open to qualified undergraduates in Classics, Classical Archaeology, Art History, History, Anthropology, and Classical Studies. For further information please consult the director of undergraduate studies, the University’s Study Abroad Office, or the College Year in Athens website.
The American School of Classical Studies at Athens
Undergraduates are eligible to apply for summer sessions of travel study in Greece. Two six-week sessions open to undergraduate and graduate students emphasize the topography and antiquities of Greece. The approximately $2,750 fee covers room and partial board. Five scholarships are available. For information consult the American School of Classical Studies at Athens website.
Classical Semester in Rome
The Department of Classics is a founding member of the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome (ICCS Rome; the “Centro”) and regularly sends students there for a semester or a year. The center offers courses in Latin, Roman archaeology and history, Greek, Italian, and Art History. The program is open to qualified undergraduates in Art History, Ancient History, and Classical Studies. Interested students should consult the director of undergraduate studies or the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome website.
Classics majors regularly participate in archaeological surveys and excavations throughout the Mediterranean. Involvement in fieldwork is a regular feature and indeed an important component of undergraduate training in Classical Archaeology or Classics, providing a perspective on the topography and the material culture of the classical world not easily attained through coursework alone. In the past our students have joined excavations — as volunteers or trench supervisors — at Carthage in Tunisia, Aqaba on the Red Sea in Jordan, Caesaria in Israel, the Athenian Agora, and Pompeii.
Faculty members currently conducting excavations and other field work are Kenneth Sams, director of excavations at Gordion in Turkey, and Donald Haggis, director of the Azoria Project on Crete. Also, adjunct faculty members conducting field work include Jodi Magness, professor of Religious Studies and director of excavations at Huqoq, Israel; and Mary Sturgeon, professor of Art, who is studying sculpture from ancient Corinth.
The King’s College London Exchange Program provides an opportunity to undergraduates majoring in Classics, typically in their junior year, to spend a full academic year in London, based in the prestigious King’s College. The Exchange Program ensures full recognition of the courses taken during the year. The Department of Classics at King’s College London is very strong, and through King’s College, students have access to the University of London’s Institute of Classical Studies and to the University College’s Institute of Archaeology, two world-class research centers in our discipline. The Exchange Program is administered through the University’s Study Abroad Office. Contact the liaison for the King’s College Exchange Program for more information about the program.