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Mission and Vision Statements


The mission of the Department of Classics is to promote an understanding of the ancient Greek and Roman world and its legacy through an investigation of the languages and cultures of these civilizations.

In addition, the mission of this Department is to fulfill all aspects of the mission of the School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs and the mission of the College of Charleston that fall within the academic fields of this Deparment. It is this Department's task to oversee those areas of study.

Classics students at the College of Charleston


The Department embodies personalized education through a rich variety of curricular and co-curricular opportunities, and a wide array of degree and programmatic concentrations. We provide a tailored education through which a student's interests can be explored.

The College of Charleston has become recognized as housing one of the premier undergraduate programs of Classics in the nation.  Once viewed as the primary - if not sole - course of study, the Department of Classics maintains centrality to the academic experience 250 years after the birth of the College.  Today, Classics is seen as an interdisciplinary course of study with substantial links across the academy, and students are provided with a personalized high-impact education in the liberal arts and sciences core.  

The Classics Program develops skills in the core areas of philology, history, and archaeology, but is also accustomed to using and developing information and perspectives that are shared by other areas of the academy. Collaboration in curricular and research initiatives with colleagues from other disciplines is the norm for the Department, while at the same time the core remains vibrant and reflective of the inherent interdisciplinarity of the field.

The Department has played a leading role in re-defining General Education for the next generation. It contributes widely to the General Education curriculum, offering courses that fulfill requirements in foreign language, humanities, and history. The Department contributes to other major/minor programs and to cross-institutional programs that introduce students to the college experience, provide high-quality learning experiences for honors students, encourage high-impact and/or international learning experiences, and highlight the multi- and interdisciplinary nature of life-long learning.

Through such diversity, students who pursue majors and minors in Classics and those who complete the college-wide A.B. degree are prepared to adapt to a rapidly changing society.  Deepened through an examination of the languages, history, and cultures of the Greco-Roman World, they have learned to evaluate and synthesize information from a variety of sources.  They are thus able to think innovatively, to analyze and solve complex problems, and to become the agents of change in all aspects of 21st century society.  

Graduates with degrees in Classics are widely placed. Some pursue graduate degrees at top programs in Classics or related fields, while others gain entrance to professional programs in law, medicine, and business.  Others find careers in a wide variety of areas such as marketing, consulting, administration, K-12 education, and civil service.  A Classics degree is viewed across campus and the nation as a degree that provides students with skills in data synthesis and communication - key elements in negotiating an ever-changing society.