A thorough and nuanced understanding of classical antiquity can be achieved through ancient languages. The roots of Greek and Latin and the power of their mythology helped propel Western civilization. Not to mention, Classics is the archetype of liberal arts education.

Why Classical Studies at Sewanee?

Classics majors at Sewanee benefit from the study of Western civilization’s foundational languages and find that their influence extends to today’s world. From medical terminology and legal language to hard sciences and the English language itself, we are surrounded by the legacy of our intellectual ancestors.

At Sewanee, you’ll read ancient writers and modern works bearing on those languages. You’ll study ancient literature and become acquainted with the civilizations of Greece and Rome. The University is a member of the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome, and you’ll be encouraged to spend a semester studying there.


Sewanee graduates secure positions in a variety of fields. Some you would expect, others, are a bit of a surprise. Sewanee prepares you for your profession and your passion. Below is a sampling of recent graduates' first job.

  • Realtor, Waldorf and Co., Chattanooga, TN.
  • Orthodontic Assistant, King and McCune Orthodontics, Atlanta, GA.
  • Software Development Advisor, Programmer, Dell - Georgia Tech, Sandy Springs, GA.

Sewanee graduates enjoy extraordinary acceptance rates to top graduate and preprofessional programs–about 95 percent to law school and over 85 percent to medical school. Below is a sampling of where Sewanee grads continue their education.

  • M.S. in Speech & Language Pathology, University of Memphis.
  • Physical Therapy, University of Hartford.

A Sampling of Courses

Classical Studies

Programs of Study & Related Programs

Requirements for the Major & Minor in Classical StudiesRequirements for the Major & Minor in Greek | Website

Requirements for the Major & Minor in Latin | Website


Daniel Stephen Holmes
Associate Professor and Chair of Classical Languages


Gailor Hall 20, Ext. 1520

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