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Bachelor of Arts in Classics Mount Holyoke College


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The department offers four majors (and minors) related to the ancient Mediterranean: classics (emphasizing the ancient languages), ancient studies (interdisciplinary), Greek, and Latin. Both Greek and Latin can be used to satisfy the language requirement, and they are often required for graduate degrees. “But,” you say, “They are dead languages!” Hardly. English is filled with Latinate words, and Greek is the basis of most scientific terminology. Furthermore, as long as people read Homer, Plato, Greek tragedy, the New Testament, Catullus, Virgil, Ovid, and Tacitus—to mention just some of the greatest hits in Greek and Latin—these ancient languages remain very much alive. So, too, literary genres (such as epic poetry, tragedy, and history), political institutions and ideals (such as democracy and free speech), as well as principles of philosophy and science are all part of the rich legacy that the ancient Greeks and Romans handed down to western Europe. Nor do you have to learn Greek and Latin to study classics. The department offers courses whose readings are entirely in English as well as those that require the study of an ancient language. You can also find courses related to classics in the departments of art history, history, philosophy, politics, and religion.


The close attention we pay to clear expression and argumentation in writing-intensive courses, the problem-solving ability students acquire as they learn Latin and (or) Greek, and the deep questions they confront as they read the challenging works of Greece and Rome and wrestle with the profound differences between ancient and modern worlds all help to develop valuable skills for life after college.

Ancient Studies Major

Currently, majors may choose from among three concentrations: art historical/archaeological, historical, or literary/mythological.

The major requires a minimum of 32 credits.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Bachelor of Arts in Classics.

Full Time (128 semester credits)

Tuition fees

$52,040.00 (39,35,135) per year




Department of Classics and Italian

112 Ciruti Center,



01075, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Students must have complete high school studies.

English proficiency requirements

Mount Holyoke has no minimum score, although the average TOEFL score is over 100, the average IELTS score is over 7 and the PTE is above 68.

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