Welcome to Classical Studies at StFX, where students examine the influence of Greek and Roman culture throughout the centuries. Study Homer, The Iliad and The Odyssey, as well the works of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides. Introductory classes aim to provide students with the grammar and vocabulary skills required to read simple Latin texts in their original form, and an intermediate-level language course delves into the literature of Cicero, Ovid, Livy and Juvenal.
Students who pursue Classical Studies typically succeed in careers that demand an ability to apply historical perspectives to contemporary contexts – areas such as theology, law, archaeology and education as well as those interested in pursuing graduate studies.
At StFX, the faculty views the study of classical literature as a companion to all other liberal arts courses; many StFX professors are internationally acclaimed writers and researchers dedicated to improving each student’s ability to convey their ideas and understand the world around them.
The First Year
In the first year, those with no previous background in the language take Introductory Latin and/or Greek, which is designed to acquaint them with the basic structural features needed to develop reading comprehension and a strong command of the language. In addition to grammar and vocabulary, classes will explore simple texts, from classical Greek/Latin philosophy and literature, to the New Testament – even the cultural influence on modern filmmakers, who have revisited the period with Hollywood blockbusters like Alexander, Troy, and Gladiator.
Classical Studies can be taken as a minor or as an elective by students in arts, science or applied programs.