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Best Colleges/Universities for Classics

BurnThisBurnThis Posts: 746Registered User Member
edited November 2005 in College Search & Selection
My son, a junior, has known for years he wants to major in the Classics with an emphasis in Ancient Roman history and Latin Literature (prose). What schools have the best Classics programs? Where as an undergrad would you actually get to learn from experts in their field (and not just graduate students)? He also loves History in general, so a school with a strong History department as well would be the best. Any suggestions --we're making our college visit list! Thanks!
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  • hopeful1hopeful1 Posts: 669Registered User Member
    U of Chicago
    U of Michigan

    Also HYP
  • meestasimeestasi Posts: 1,116Registered User Senior Member
    the aformentioned are great. Also look at some of the smaller liberal arts schools like Amherst and William where I think their overall foreign language department is very good. Also, if you want to, you should look at Oxford and Cambridge, where the classics departments are second to none.
  • ScreennameScreenname Posts: 141Registered User Junior Member
    I've heard Yale's classics compartment is not very good compared to otehr schools of the same calibur. I've heard good things about Swarthmore as well, but the person I know ended up dropping greek and just double-majoring in Latin and English.
  • warblersrulewarblersrule Posts: 8,538Super Moderator Senior Member
    Alexandre wrote:
    The top undergraduate programs are:
    Brown University
    Harvard University
    Princeton University
    University of California-Berkeley
    University of Chicago
    University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
    Yale University

    Some other top undergraduate programs in the classics include:
    Columbia University
    Cornell University
    Duke University
    Stanford University
    University of California-Los Angeles
    University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
    University of Pennsylvania
    University of Texas-Austin

    Finally, many LACs are excellent in the classics.
    http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/showthread.php?t=88384

    I strongly, strongly encourage y'all to look at Duke and UNC Chapel Hill, which have a Classics consortium of sorts. Both departments are extremely strong, and even the grad students are great, at least the ones I've run across. Professor Boatwright is the main Roman history and Latin professor at Duke, and she's a truly awesome professor. She co-wrote The Romans: From Village to Empire, which is the standard textbook for many Roman history courses.
  • BurnThisBurnThis Posts: 746Registered User Member
    Thanks for the replies. We live on the West Coast, so Oxford/Cambridge are just too far, but the others all sound promising. I was surprised by the U of Chi being so highly touted. They've been pestering us with postcards and I assumed that was the desperation move of a second tier school. I guess I shouldn't have thrown them out!! I was also surprised that Yale did not have such a good reputation as Donald Kagan is one of the Classics Professors. Gives us a lot to ponder (assuming he doesn't bomb his SAT later this year). Thanks again.
  • hazmathazmat Posts: 8,435User Awaiting Email Confirmation Senior Member
    Classics Majors have multiple tracs they can follow. You will want to look at the degree options/majors. Some schools more language based and others have non-language based options. Classical Greek is one thing you need to investigate. How far advanced in Latin is this student now?
  • BurnThisBurnThis Posts: 746Registered User Member
    My son is a junior taking AP Latin Lit -- Horace and Catullus. He's already taken AP Latin Lit -- Virgil. Next year he'll take an independent study course, since the school is out of Latin classes (probably he'll focus on Cicero, his favorite writer). He would like to take Classical Greek at college, since with his APs (a 5 on the Virgil AP) and his SAT II (a disappointing, for him, 770 in Latin) he should be able to skip all required Latin courses.
  • ScreennameScreenname Posts: 141Registered User Junior Member
    BurnThis, what I basically heard was similar to what hazmat said. The track wasn't to their liking.
  • emeraldkity4emeraldkity4 Posts: 32,379Registered User Senior Member
    http://academic.reed.edu/classics/

    If this book looks interesting to him- he may want to look at Reed
    I have heard Wally Englert described by many as the best prof they have ever had.

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1555401244/002-6653936-1152007?v=glance]Wally is God- or Jupiter
  • sybbie719sybbie719 Posts: 16,654Super Moderator Senior Member
    I was surprised by the U of Chi being so highly touted. They've been pestering us with postcards and I assumed that was the desperation move of a second tier school.

    U of Chicago is not a tier 2 school. If you are one to follow rankings, it is number 15 on the US News list of best colleges (national universities) and one of the most academically rigerous schools in the country.
  • coureurcoureur Posts: 11,386Registered User Senior Member
    >>We live on the West Coast, so Oxford/Cambridge are just too far....<<

    Classics + California = UC Berkeley
  • par72par72 Posts: 3,777Registered User Senior Member
    Holy Cross has a very good classics program and offers merit aid.
  • yoshi503yoshi503 Posts: 81Registered User Junior Member
    I can't imagine a better school for Classics than Columbia....
  • BurnThisBurnThis Posts: 746Registered User Member
    Sybbie,
    Sorry. I didn't mean that U of Chi was second tier, I just mistakenly had thought they were since they were writing us a lot, like USC (which, as a UCLA alum, I consider second tier). Now that I've done some research, I realize they're a top school and just apparently more friendly than other top schools. Thanks!
  • BurnThisBurnThis Posts: 746Registered User Member
    I had heard good things about Berkeley -- and it sure would save us a lot of money! I'm just not sure a UC offers the same "experience" as going away to college.
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