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The Classics Department of UMass Amherst was founded over thirty years ago to provide undergraduate and graduate students at the state’s flagship institution with access to the rich and diverse civilizations of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Many of the faculty have national and international reputations, particularly in Latin and Greek literature, Latin pedagogy, classical archaeology, and classical folklore. Faculty members are highly engaged in undergraduate teaching and advising. Nearly all classes are taught by faculty rather than by graduate students. The department also has a nationally regarded graduate program offering a Master of Arts in Teaching Latin and Classical Humanities. Our MAT graduates enthusiastically go out to teach Latin in secondary schools all over the country and introduce the ancient western world to new generations of students. In short, the Classics Department provides the environment of a small liberal arts college within the context of a large state university.

For more information please contact Lisa Marie Smith in the Classics Department office by phone at 413-545-0512, by fax at 413-545-6995, by email at, or by snail mail at The Department of Classics, 524 Herter Hall, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA 01003

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