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  • Classics at UMass

    The Classics Department of UMass Amherst provides undergraduate and graduate students at the Commonwealth’s flagship institution with comprehensive access to the rich and diverse civilizations of the ancient Near East and Mediterranean, including the Greeks and Romans. Our award-winning instructors teach a wide variety of classes in ancient languages, literature, culture, and archaeology.

  • Four ways to major in Classics

    The Department of Classics offers three concentrations within the Classics Major: Greek & Latin Languages, Classical Civilization, and Classical Archaeology, as well as a joint major in Classics and Philosophy.

  • Classics Chair Anthony Tuck Receives Grant from New America to Advance Public Interest Technology Movement

    Tuck and Michelle Trim (CICS) have been selected to receive $90,000 in Public Interest Technology University Network grants from New America to advance the public interest technology movement.


Prof. Closs to give keynote in Rome in January

November 08, 2022

Dr. Virginia Closs, UMass Amherst Department of Classics, will be one of two keynote speakers for The Damned Despot: Rethinking Domitian and the Flavian World, a conference to be held in Rome at...

Professor Hogue's team presents at Heraklion

November 04, 2022

Professor Shannon Hogue and her international, interdisciplinary team* presented a co-authored paper titled, "Micro-Regions and Networks in the Cyclades: A View from Kea," based on their...

Classics Professor Poehler featured in PBS documentary

November 03, 2022

On Oct 19th, UMass Classics Professor Eric Poehler, an expert on ancient infrastructure and traffic at Pompeii, appeared on the PBS show "Secrets of the Dead." In the episode, Poehler, along with...

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Guest Lecture by Katherine Lu Hsu

Herter Hall, room 601
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm


Guest Lecture by Hannah Silverblank

Herter Hall, room 601
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm


Eta Sigma Phi Induction Ceremony

Amherst Room, Campus Center
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm


Professor Verity Platt to give this year's Grose lecture

Amherst Room, Campus Center
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

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What will you uncover?

For many majors in Classics, travel, study, and excavation abroad have been an integral part of their University experience.

With advance preparation and careful financial planning, several students each year are able to live, study, travel, or excavate in Italy, Greece, or other countries in Europe or the Near East.

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