The study of Classics allows students to approach directly the language, culture, and literature of ancient Greece and Rome, the two sources of the liberal arts and two of the most fundamental civilizations of Western culture. It develops the cognitive capacity to analyze language carefully, to consider history and culture closely, and to appreciate the contours of Western culture by reference to their precursors and developments. Classics is the original interdisciplinary major, comprising the study of ancient art, language, history, literature, religion, mathematics, philosophy, and economics.
With appropriate supplementary coursework, majors in classical studies are particularly well prepared for law school, medical school, and graduate programs in history, philosophy, linguistics, religious studies, medieval studies, and comparative literature. Moreover, one of the most important opportunities afforded by classical studies for religiously-grounded students is the ability to study the New Testament in the original Koinē (a dialect of ancient Greek), a study undertaken in the second year of Greek that lays the foundation for a lifetime of direct access to this sacred scripture.