"I myself have always found it beneficial to combine things Latin with things Greek; I think you should do the same." Cicero
The Greeks and Romans carried their ideas from Britain to Sudan and from Portugal to Iran, fusing indigenous traditions with their own, thereby creating a remarkably diverse and yet culturally distinct world. The western imagination is rooted in this foundation, historically providing inspiration in all aspects of life, including language, literature, law, art, architecture, politics, philosophy, music, and theater, as well as notions of nationality, gender, and race.
Greek and Roman Studies is an interdisciplinary program designed to provide students with linguistic skills through the study of the Greek and Latin languages, as well as an in-depth knowledge of the history and culture of Greece and Rome. Students will be prepared to further their interests in language, literature, and history at the postgraduate level, whether in this field or others, including medicine, education, law, public service, journalism, publishing, library science, theology, and more. See what our alumni are doing.
A Major and Minor are offered. Students intending to major or minor in GRS should consult with the Director to determine the best course plan for their needs and time, since not all courses are offered each semester. Only courses in which students earn a "C" or higher may be included in the major or minor. Study abroad and archaeological field work opportunities are available and strongly encouraged. Some requirements may be satisfied abroad. Approved study abroad programs include: The College Year in Athens, Arcadia in Greece, Bilkent University in Turkey, Summer Session at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, and the American University in Rome.
JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books, was a Greek & Roman Studies major (also called Classics), so it's no surprise that her books are filled with Greek and Roman myths, names, and spells derived from Greek and Latin. The Hunger Games series and many other works of literature connect modern readers with the culture, ideas, and values of ancient Greece and Rome, teaching us important life lessons and human values that the study of classical antiquity provides. Read more...
This article in Psychology Today discusses the many real-life applications of Classical studies in the present! Similarly, another article discusses how to brand and market your Classics degree. This article from The Chronicle of Higher Education discusses survey results showing that employers want broadly trained hires. This video explains the value of studying an ancient language.
"I had a job in the business realm less than one month after graduating, and all anyone wanted to talk about in my interviews was my major and my study abroad experience. Becoming a student of Greek and Roman Studies was the best decision I have ever made." Ashley McGee, GRS alumna, IWU '10
Mellon Scholar Tim McDunn spent his summer vacation reading some of the world's greatest works of literature in their original languages.