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Classical Studies

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.

CL ST Mook Margaret Mook, WLC, Program Chair
CL ST Betcher Gloria Betcher, English
CL ST Cunnally John Cunnally, Art & Visual Culture
CL ST Hall Alexander Hall, WLC
CL ST Hollander David Hollander, History
CL ST Kostelnick Charles Kostelnick, English
CL ST Meyers Rachel Meyers, WLC

Greek 101 (Elementary Ancient Greek I) will be offered in Fall 2016, streamed online in real time from the University of Iowa, and we expect Greek 102 will be offered in Spring 2017.


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.

Schedule of classes

The student learning outcomes identified here are based on the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century (National Standards in Foreign Language Education Project). This document, a collaborative effort of nine national foreign language organizations, establishes a context that defines the central role of foreign language in the learning of every student. The standards, as well as our program outcomes and individual course objectives, suggest a paradigm shift in foreign language education that focuses on students’ ability to use the language in authentic situations. Please refer to the departmental document (linked above) for programmatic alignments listed below.

Courses in Classical Studies provide background for students whose major fields of study or career interests include Anthropology, English, World Languages and Cultures, History, Music, Philosophy, Women’s Studies, law, medicine, material culture, political science, the life sciences and related fields. Students who wish to pursue an interdisciplinary major in Classical Studies should consult the Program Chair, Margaret Mook.


Studying Abroad can enhance a student’s undergraduate experience greatly. For complete information on all study abroad programs at Iowa State University, visit the ISU Study Abroad website.


You can study abroad  in 2 countries: