Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Classical Languages & Civilization

The Department of Classical Languages and Civilization teaches courses in the Greek and Latin languages on both the Rose Hill and Lincoln Center campuses, as well as courses pertaining to the culture of ancient Greece and Rome. Two areas of major or minor concentration are offered: classical languages and classical civilization.  The Department also offers the MA and the PhD degrees.

The ancient languages and civilizations of Greece and Rome are fundamental to the development of Western Civilization and have had a long and important afterlife in it.  The study of the Greek and Roman classics was central in traditional Jesuit education.  Fordham University is the last American Jesuit university to offer the PhD in this field.  One studies the classics and the classical world not only for themselves, but also to understand better western history, literature, art and architecture, philosophy, and Christian theology.  Although we are a small department, we support the much larger presence of (ancient) philosophy, early Christian studies, and Medieval Studies on the campus.

Fordham's library has a very solid collection in classics.  It has a study room devoted to Greek and Latin palaeography.  It also houses the Fordham University Museum of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Art, whose curator, Dr. Jennifer Udell, offers courses in ancient art and museum studies.  Prof. Matthew McGowan has established a relationship with the New York Botanical Garden, where students have been initiated in Greek and Latin plant taxonomy and have enjoyed the treasures of the Garden's rare book room.

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