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Classical Languages

Degree Options: Major, Minor
Locations: Lincoln Center, Rose Hill
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For 2,500 years, ancient Greece and Rome have influenced the world.

Stock photo of latin inscription - LG“It is not living that matters, but living rightly.” So said Socrates 2,400 years ago. But he could’ve said it today on the campus of Fordham, where we value knowledge and ethics. In the classics department at Fordham, you explore ideas born in ancient Greece and Rome that have profoundly shaped human history.

The classical languages major delves into Greek and Roman literature, history, mythology, art, philosophy, religion, and other areas—in Greek and Latin. (Per aspera ad astra!) How did Athenian democracy operate—and how was it criticized? What was the role of drama in ancient Rome? How do you conjugate learn in classical Greek?

But you’ll learn more than the classics. You’ll also study theology, mathematics, languages, and the performing arts through Fordham’s common core curriculum, the centerpiece of our liberal arts education.

We want you to excel in your field—and as a human being.

As Socrates put it, “Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” 


Program Highlights

You take 10 courses in the classical languages major—a mix of:

  • Greek or Latin
  • literature
  • art
  • philosophy
  • archaeology

Higher level classes are conducted in Greek or Latin.


The Fordham Museum of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Art houses 260 sublime objects, from funerary vases to the emperor Hadrian’s head (in sculpture form).

Study Abroad

Peruse Poetics in the Parthenon. Contemplate Caesar in the Coliseum. Fordham is a contributing member of the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome. Fordham’s International and Study Abroad Program has many other opportunities in Athens, Rome, and many Mediterranean locales.

Professional Associations

Students in Latin & Greek courses who maintain an average of B or above are encouraged to join Fordham's chapter, Epsilon Mu, of the National Classics Honors Society, Eta Sigma Phi.

The Department also hosts an undergraduate club for students interested in classical antiquity, the Classics Club.

Members of the Department are also active in the Society for Classical Studies (SCS) and the Classical Association of the Atlantic States (CAAS).

Sample Courses

Introduction to Greek I and II
Advance Readings in Classical Greek
Socratic Dialogues
Greek Historians
Introduction to Latin I and II
Drama in Ancient Rome
Horace: Odes
Roman Comedy
Christian Latin

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