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Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences
Classical Studies


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CLASSICS    —  the study of the civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome, is the origin of the liberal arts and a sound foundation for investigating the modern world. Philosophy, democracy, history, political science, and drama originate in classical Athens. Physics traces its origins to the Greek scientific revolution in Ionia. The founding fathers created three balanced branches of government after the philosophical ideal in the Histories of Polybius. Western law claims descent from Justinian's Code, and medicine owes its physician's oath to the Greek doctor, Hippocrates, and its scientific method to the Roman doctor, Galen. Shakespeare's plays adapt the Roman dramas of Plautus and Seneca. The plans of our great modern capitals — Paris, Berlin, London, St. Petersburg and Washington — all imitate the triumphal avenues of Augustan Rome.
 
The approach to all these subjects is the study of classical Greek and Latin, the languages of Homer, Plato, the Bible, Cicero and Vergil. Classics is an ideal preparation for careers that require careful reading, clear writing and articulate speaking, such as law, medicine, education, publishing, journalism and business.
 
At ECU, Classical Studies is an interdisciplinary program within the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, with its principal language faculty and Director in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. Students may minor in Classical Studies, or use the BA / BS in Multidisciplinary Studies to major in Classics or Classical Civilization. The program offers four years of Latin and classical Greek, and more than twenty courses on classical archeology, art history, history, literature, philosophy and religion.
 
ECU Classics students have gone on to pursue a large variety of careers.  These include high school teaching, nursing, advertising, ministry, real estate, creative writing and historic preservation.  ECU Classics students have also been accepted into highly competitive Ph.D. and Master's programs in Classics and related fields, such as Duke University, the University of Iowa, Boston University, North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the University of Edinburgh.
 
If you would like additional information about our program or Classical Studies in general, please do not hesitate to contact me or any of our faculty. In the meanwhile, explore our website and blog to learn more about our exciting program.