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Classics, Greek and Latin

The Classics Department is a vibrant and supportive community that pursues understanding of the civilizations and languages of the ancient Mediterranean world (primarily Greece and Rome). We also explore ways in which the past influences life and thought in the twenty-first century. We offer a personalized, broad, and rigorous program to meet the needs not only of those who wish to major or minor in Classics, Greek, or Latin, but also of students pursuing intellectual enrichment or a broad perspective on the world while pursuing other majors.

Students at Monmouth College can learn to read and analyze original texts from antiquity in Latin and Ancient Greek. We also offer a multitude of Classics courses that do not require knowledge of these languages. Whether the focus of the course is language, mythology, history, or archaeology, or a range of other subjects, students apply critical thinking skills to a variety of evidence in order to gain the fullest possible view of these ancient civilizations. Those who have an interest in politics, art, religion, philosophy, gender relations, or social institutions will find much to stimulate them in a Classics courses.

Department Activities, Facilities, and Equipment

We offer many opportunities for students to engage in hands-on and off-campus learning. Students at Monmouth College have chances to do the following:

  • accompany faculty on frequent short-term trips to Mediterranean countries
  • work directly with ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian artifacts in Monmouth College’s Shields Collection of Art and Antiquities
  • take courses in Monmouth College’s Archaeology Research Lab, which houses an important collection of Native American artifacts from western Illinois
  • attend the Cena Classica, an annual banquet of classical foods
  • participate in Classics Day, a biennial event that draws hundreds of visitors to campus
  • make use of the department’s growing collection of historic reproductions to practice ancient sports, warfare, and the production of food and clothing

The Capron Room, a Wallace Hall classroom dedicated to Classics, includes display cases of classical art and a special collection of books. The Hewes Library at Monmouth College possesses a well-rounded collection of classical texts and a rare plaster cast of the Canopus (Tanis) Stone, a decree from Ptolemaic Egypt written in hieroglyphics, Greek and demotic.

Off-Campus Programs

Our students have studied or interned off-campus through the following programs, and at the following places:

  • The Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) Florence Program, which affords opportunities to study classical civilization and its influence in Florence, Rome, and other European cities
  • The American College of Thessaloniki in Greece
  • Archaeological digs in Rome, Spain, and spots across the United States

Departmental Employment

The department employs a number of students in a range of meaningful, stimulating jobs that take advantage of their differing skills. Part-time jobs that are available each year are the following:

  • Latin and Greek language tutors
  • assistants in the department office
  • assistants in the College’s Shields Collection of Antiquities
  • assistants in the office of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South, which is headquartered at Monmouth

Classics Awards, Scholarships, and Honors

Latin Scholarships are available for qualified first-time freshmen and transfer students. The scholarship is renewable up to three additional years if the student successfully completes a quarter credit hour of Latin per semester. Learn more about scholarships at Monmouth College.

Each year the Classics Department presents a variety of prizes and awards for outstanding achievement in Classics, Latin, Greek, and Archaeology. These include the Harold J. Ralston Classics Writing Prize, the Virginia K. Hellenga Prize for Excellence in Latin, and the Vicki Wine Prize for Excellence in Greek.

Classics students at Monmouth College regularly hold leadership positions at the national level of Eta Sigma Phi (the national undergraduate Classics honor society) and receive awards from external organizations such as the Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS).

Career Opportunities

Students who major in Classics, Greek, or Latin develop highly desirable skills in research, problem solving, and communication that are applicable to many fields. Career outcomes for Classics graduates include:

  • Museum Curating and Administration
  • Critical Resource Management and Historical Preservation
  • Archival Work
  • Latin Teaching
  • Library Science
  • Law
  • Government
  • Literary Editing and Publishing
  • Higher Education (Teaching or Administration)

Recent Graduates

Kathleen Brown ‘17
Associate Editor
Industry Dive, Washington, D.C.

Tim Morris ‘16
Latin Teacher
Northpoint Christian School, Southaven, Mississippi

Kyle Dickson ‘15
Assistant Director
German American Culture and History Museum, Davenport, IA