In Classics, you’re in an excellent position to take full advantage of an Augustana liberal arts education. Classics is the foundation for the liberal arts.
For your major or minor, choose Classics (Greek and Latin languages, history and literature) or Classical studies (Greek or Latin, plus history and literature). See also the minor in Biblical languages.
A tradition of strong advising supports student ambitions, and many Classics majors add a second major/minor. Classics pairs well with any field, and is practical background for law, medicine, seminary, library sciences and more.
Known for their superior problem-solving, Classics graduates catch the attention of employers. Recent Augustana grads entering positions in accounting, business or health care have stood out for their major and their skills.
If your passion is purely Classics, you might pursue teaching or graduate study in Classics or archaeology, ancient history or philosophy, New Testament studies, comparative literature or art history.
What you'll learn
• Classics majors may join Epsilon Sigma, Augustana’s chapter of the national Classics honor society Eta Sigma Phi. Members and other interested students also may join Collegia Classica, a student group that hosts activities in appreciation of and to promote interest in Greek and Roman civilizations and cultures.
• Augustana’s international programs range from yearlong exchange programs to 3.5-week J-term. Classics majors often participate in international study — such as archaeological field schools in Greece, Italy and Bulgaria, the College Year in Athens program, and Augustana’s faculty-led programs in Greece and Rome. An Augie Choice $2,000 grant can help pay travel expenses.
• Thanks to devoted friends and professors emeriti, the Department of Classics hosts annual and ongoing events such as guest lecturers and major banquets. The endowed Harry S.B. Johnson Fund and the Terence Fund for Classics are in honor of former Professor of Greek Harry S.B. Johnson and former Professor of Classics Jane Borelli, respectively.
Shawn Geison '21 is pursuing a graduate degree in Classics at the University of Iowa.