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Explore the influential languages and cultures of the ancient Greeks and Romans.

The study of classical languages and cultures gives us a deeply informed critical perspective on the human experience. Students in the Department of Classics develop strong analytical, problem-solving and communication skills. Our faculty and students engage in a wide range of scholarly work, including archaeological, topographical, historical, historiographical, philosophical, folkloric, literary, theoretical and cultural studies.

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8 Students awarded Joff Hanauer Fellowships since 2010


Educational and professional leaders understand the importance of the liberal arts to a well-rounded education and to the world of work. Classics has a proven track record of preparing students for a variety of satisfying careers. Many graduates have become distinguished teachers and scholars; others have pursued successful careers in business, journalism, law, medicine, the arts and a variety of other fields.

Career Paths

Boeing, Dell, Facebook, the U.S Department of State and Microsoft are among the many well-known employers of UW Classics alumni. Graduates have been successful in roles including: 

  • Attorney
  • Chief technology officer
  • Editor
  • Human resources manager
  • Educator
  • Program manager
  • Reference librarian
  • Software engineer
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Take a 3,000-year journey.

The interdisciplinary nature of the Department of Classics allows for various study abroad opportunities. We actively encourage study abroad, and in many cases provide financial assistance to students to participate in a study abroad program. Opportunities include those sponsored by the Department or the University’s Study Abroad office, and a variety of programs offered by organizations such as the American Academy in Rome and the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. Students can also study at field schools and participate in archaeological excavations.

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Find Yourself in Classics

Dive into a rigorous discipline and, by studying the past, gain new perspectives on the world around us.

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Department of Classics Stories

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In Classics, a Different Take on Race

A new Classics course looks at conceptions of race in antiquity and how ancient racial categories “put the arbitrariness of race as we know it into relief.”

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Launching a Humanities Journey

Humanities First, a new program for first year students, celebrates the humanities and their role in society.  

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A Passion for Volleyball — and Classics

International student Maria Bogomolova came to the UW to play volleyball. Along the way she discovered a love of Classics.