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Off-Campus Study in the Classics

If you are interested in pursuing a major in the classics, you can take your immersion in the subject to the next level by studying on location. Study abroad in locations like Greece and Italy to gain a unique local perspective in your studies of the classics.

Extended Study Programs

Some classics courses include an extended study opportunity in which course participants continue the class off campus for two or three weeks at the conclusion of the semester. Past extended studies offered by the classics department have included travel to locations in Italy and Greece. Details and images from these trips are available below.

Learn more about extended study opportunities across the university.

Extended Study to Italy

Students in the seminar CLAS 250: Material Culture of Rome and Pompeii traveled through Italy. They expanded their understanding of course subject material by learning on location in Rome, Pompeii, Herculaneum, Naples, and other locations throughout Italy.

The course examined both public and private life in ancient times and looked at every socioeconomic class. While the focus was on Rome, the agricultural and the course also considered the seaside towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Through the texts of Livy, Tacitus, Virgil, and other selected readings, students followed the rise of Rome from its Etruscan origins to the height of its empire. Participants were also required to take on a semester-long research project to be presented on site during the trip to Italy. READ MORE

Extended Study to Greece

Students who have taken at least two semesters of Greek are eligible to participate in CLAS 251: Individual Identity and the Material Culture of the Ancient Greek City. The spring semester seminar meets once a week and students immerse themselves in the history and culture of the ancient Greeks. The course is a full-credit class, which also takes participants on a three-week tour of Greece, visiting Athens, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, Delphi, and other ancient sites.

The course examines the rise of the Greek city state, or polis, with a focus on its political, economic, social, and religious institutions. Students study the evolution of the polis from its earliest form in the Bronze age to their conquest by Philip of Macedon in 338 BCE. Students also learn about the Greek individual within his respective polis but also of those sites and customs that were shared among all the Greeks.

Through the texts of Homer, Plato, Thucydides, Aristotle, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, and other selected readings, participants acquire a deep understanding of the Greek way of life. Students are required to take on a semester-long research topic to be presented on site in Greece. READ MORE

Full-Semester Programs

Our off-campus study office offers full-semester off-campus study opportunities all over the world. In these programs, you will travel, live, and study with your Colgate classmates and a Colgate faculty adviser whilst simultaneously immersing yourself in the culture of your temporary home.

Other Programs

If you want to take your studies to an off-campus or study-abroad location that is not covered in Colgate's expansive offerings, we encourage you to identify an external program that suits your interests. Learn more about how to participate in other off-campus study opportunities.