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Junior Chris Saladin at the archaeological dig near the Commune of Murlo, about 55 miles south of Florence, Italy. He received a 2015 fellowship from the Etruscan Foundation.
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Classics is a practical choice for the job market. It is an excellent preparation for careers in law, medicine, publishing, seminary, library sciences and more. The demand for knowledge of Greek and Latin also has created a need for qualified teachers in these areas, especially when their studies are combined with other fields.

Students who wish to pursue graduate study in Classics-related fields may specialize in Classics, classical archaeology, ancient history, New Testament studies, art history or ancient philosophy.

Augustana's three-term calendar and advising make it easier for students to have two or even three majors, and classics is an excellent choice for a double major. Recent Classics majors have combined their studies with majors in anthropology, art history, biology/pre-medicine, business, computer science, English, French, geology, German, history, music, philosophy and religion.

A sampling of graduates

Kelly M. Haidinyak '15 is a production chemist at Sigma Aldrich, St. Louis.

Shelby Stuparits '15 is pursuing a doctorate in anthropology and a museum studies certificate at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Megan Alano '14 is pursuing an master's in speech-language pathology at Miami University.

Anna Groebe '13 is an administrator at Aegis Advantage, a global consulting and analytical services firm.

Luke Osborne '10 is studying engineering at Boston University.

Vytas Vaznelis '07 is teaching classical languages at Saint Peter's Preparatory School in New Jersey.

Alyssa Bevans '07 is an editor and video producer at Flinn Scientific in Chicago.

Augustana College offers both a major and minor in classics (study in Greek and Latin, along with Greek and Roman history and classical literature) as well as in classical studies (including either Greek or Latin, plus history and literature).

In addition, the department offers a minor in Greek for New Testament studies.

Facts and distinctions

The three full-time classics faculty all hold the Ph.D. and have a wide range of complementary specializations: Greek and Roman history and historiography, Greek and Roman religion and early Christianity, women in classical antiquity, and classics and pop culture. Additional faculty from the fields of ancient philosophy, New Testament studies and art history also teach courses in the department.

Augustana’s many international opportunities range from year-long exchange programs, to academic terms abroad, to special individualized programs based on student interest. Classics majors often participate in international study, especially the archaeological field schools in Greece, Italy and Turkey. The department has introduced the Classics in Greece program, and many students also participate in Augustana's program in Rome.

Epsilon Sigma is the Augustana chapter of Eta Sigma Phi, the national classics honor society.

Megan Alano ’14, majored in Classics–Latin and communication sciences and disorders
Pursuing M.A. in speech-language pathology at Miami University

“Because of the faculty cooperation between the Classics and communication sciences and disorders departments, it was possible for me to relish the liberal arts atmosphere at Augustana by creating an atypical combination of majors. Majoring in Classics helped me gain a more in-depth understanding of language, develop a research-based writing style, and understand root words that are prominent in the medical field — all of which have aided in my success as a graduate student... I’ve found that knowing Latin has been useful when communicating with a number of patients from different cultural backgrounds. Even though I may not be proficient in a given language, I am able to differentiate language difference from disorder by having a deeper understanding of underlying grammatical structures, because Latin is the building block of so many languages.”

Kelly M. Haidinyak ’15, Classics and chemistry
Production chemist at Sigma Aldrich

“Coming to Augustana, I was determined to be a music performance major, but as soon as my foot hit the campus soil I turned to science. In the meantime, I needed to take a foreign language, and being of Italian descent I figured Latin was the next best thing to Italian. After my first year of Latin, I signed up for a second. Next thing I knew, I was handed an add-slip and told I was a Classics major... One of the highlights in my college career was working one-on-one with a professor researching science in ancient Greece. I needed one more course to complete my major, and my professors created this independent study in which I was able to pair my two majors. It was a great way to wrap up my college experience. At the end of four years, I was able to secure a job at Sigma Aldrich, a world leader in chemical production. The analytical skills, critical thinking and time management skills I have gained from being a Classics major will continue to benefit me as I pursue my new career.”

Shelby Stuparits ’15, Classics and anthropology
Pursuing a Ph.D. in anthropology and a museum studies certificate at University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

“Though I didn’t find my niche in Classics until my sophomore year, once there I wouldn’t trade it for anything. From them, I learned countless things, and not just in the classroom. I learned to ask questions, that it’s OK to make mistakes, and to be a little silly because it makes life more fun. While I am not going on to graduate school in Classics, these lessons and the skills I learned from analyzing the different aspects of this field — languages, literature and history — will be indispensable in my pursuit of a higher degree in archaeology and museum studies. If Augustana was my home, the Classics department was my adoptive family.”

Saladin wins fellowship for dig in Tuscany

Junior Chris Saladin was accepted at the Poggio Civitate archaeological field school in central inland Tuscany. He worked in the summer of 2015 near the Commune of Murlo, about 55 miles south of Florence.

Four pillars support the Classics major

Friends since graduate school, Augustana’s classicists, Emil Kramer and Mischa Hooker, are glad to be reunited in Old Main. The professors and others in the department, Kirsten Day and Nicholas Dobson, said the classics department is excelling through new curriculum and the amiability among the faculty.

Wollstonecraft, Vázquez-Valarezo awards announced

Essays on Catholic sexual ethics, gender and gods in ancient Greece, and an exploration of the furry genre of anthropomorphic animal fiction won the the top prizes in the 2014 Wollstonecraft Essay Contest.

Video: Using gaming to understand Pompeii

University of Arkansas' Dr. David Fredrick's lecture, "Walk on the Wild Side: From Garden Space to Game Space in the House of Octavius Quartio in Pompeii" exhibits the use of Unity game engine and 3D animation as tools to demonstrate the spatial and architectural relationship of homes in the ancient city of Pompeii.

Video: Day addresses classical view of women

Dr. Kirsten Day, associate professor in classics, presented "Sex as Capital: The Women of Rome Season 2," drawing upon her interest in classical representations of women in the ancient world on Oct. 9th in Evald Hall.
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