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What will I learn?

Classics are the study of the ancient Greek and Roman world in all its aspects: languages, literature, history, culture, archaeology, and art. Our courses cover an enormous span of time from the first human occupation in this region about 3 million years ago to the fall of the Western Roman Empire in 476 CE. Our students engage with a wide array of times, places, and methods both in the classroom and at our archaeological field projects in Greece and Morocco.

A classical education gifts you with the ability to hear and detect these cultural resonances today, and to understand them at their core. The pursuit of Classics is a bridge to questions of global identity and heritage. Classical Archaeology introduces you to the art, architecture, and other material culture of ancient Greece and Rome, enabling you to understand their significance as well as their reception today.


As a Classics major, you can become a high school teacher or go to graduate school in Classics. Latin high school teachers are especially in demand in Tennessee. A Classics education also prepares you for a wide variety of other careers. Classics students have a deep understanding of language and are trained to analyze sources, construct effective arguments, and use print and electronic media in their research.

Above all, a Classics graduate has skills valued by any employer, such as problem solving, processing and analyzing complex information, and the finely honed language skills for creating precisely worded written reports.

Classics majors obtained the highest GRE scores in verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing skills, and ranked as the highest scorers on LSAT and MCAT exams.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$30,988.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected October 2021

Start date

January 2022


College of Arts and Sciences

312 Ayres Hall, 1403 Circle Drive,



37996, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Applicants must have a completion of high school or college academic work.

If your native language is not English, you must demonstrate English proficiency unless you are a US citizen or a permanent resident.

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) minimum score of 6.5
  • TOEFL (Paper-based) score of 523
  • TOEFL (iBT) score of 70
  • Completing the ELS 112 intensive program

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.