Classical Studies engages you with the ancient Greeks and Romans and their influence on western and world civilizations past and present. Students pursuing either the Interdisciplinary Studies major or the minor in Classical Studies explore the myths, art, architecture, literature, history, religions and political cultures of the Greeks and Romans. You are also encouraged to participate in one of our summer study-abroad programs, Roman Italy: Building the Empire or The Archaeology of Greece to gain first-hand experience with Greek and Roman material culture. The major in Classical Studies fosters cultural literacy and assists in preparing you for a variety of business and professional schools—law and medicine are the two most commonly pursued by Classical Studies majors—or for any career requiring skills in communication, critical thinking, human relations, or problem solving.
One year of Latin (two courses) is the foundation of the major and minor in Classical Studies and is also an excellent complement to students of modern Romance languages. Studying Latin at ISU builds linguistic awareness and skills with strong transfer value to English and other modern languages. The ability to use English well and to communicate effectively in a given language are the two primary skills that prepare students to compete successfully in the job market at home and abroad.
For information about Latin placement or the Latin exam-for-credit, please consult the Classical Studies academic adviser, Ruxandra Looft (515-294-7570), in World Languages and Cultures.