Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures

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Classical Studies

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As a Classical Studies (or Classics) major, you will learn about the languages and civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome. Why should I study that, you ask? Good question. The simple answer is, because everything that’s happening here and now traces back to what happened there, and then.

Modern ideas about everything from politics, to society, to law, to art, to athletics, come from the ancient Greeks and Romans. As a Classics major you will not only study the origins of contemporary society and culture, you will also learn Latin or Greek (or both), which will expand your English vocabulary and improve your grammar skills.

Why Classical Studies at URI?

Be part of a community.
We’re a small, close-knit group of about 20-30 majors, with accessible faculty who will give you personal, individual attention. And we invite you to join our URI Classics Society, which organizes museum trips, movie outings, and other social events.

Mix and match your majors.
Classics is inherently cross-disciplinary, and at URI you’ll have the opportunity to pair it with a wide range of other degree options including art history, philosophy, anthropology, and more. You’ll also have exciting opportunities to deepen your understanding of languages and cultures with study abroad in Greece or Rome.


Studying Classics increases your capacity to think and express yourself clearly, to think critically and analyze, and to be precise, so a Classics degree is highly regarded by employers and professional programs. You’ll have a wide range of career options, but here are a few examples of careers being pursued by our recent graduates:

  • Archaeology
  • Creative Writing
  • Engineering
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Museum curatorship and management
  • Psychology
  • Secondary and higher education
  • Social Work

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