Greek & Roman Studies

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Greek and Roman Studies is the interdisciplinary study of ancient Greece, Rome and medieval Europe. It includes the disciplines of linguistics, history, literature, philosophy, religious studies and art history. The civilization concentration gives students maximum flexibility to focus on their preferred aspect of the ancient or medieval world. The languages concentration allows students to read some of the greatest works of world literature, from the Odyssey to the New Testament, in the original Greek and Latin.
Why study Greek & Roman Studies at Millsaps?

In their own words

Jakob Meyers-Heldt, Class of 2024

“Honestly, in my whole life I don’t know if I’ve met a more supportive and genuine group of faculty. It is awesome to learn and grow from such passionate people. Every single faculty member is someone who I would feel comfortable confiding in.”

Natalie Johnson, Class of 2024

“The language classes are especially valuable if you plan on going to medical school or law school as much of the language used there originally comes from Greek and Latin, and even if you don’t, they still help you better your vocabulary as so many English words come from there.”

Clem Richardson, Class of 2026

“From the birthplace of democracy to the height of the Roman Empire, classes offered in Greek & Roman Studies can transport you. Such a timespan can only be done justice by the department’s wonderful faculty, who have dedicated so much of their life making classical history and language their passion.”

Featured Courses

Here is a sampling of a few courses that might pique your interest.

GRCV 2020 Greek Civilization
Study classical civilization beginning with the Bronze Age and continues with classical Greek and Hellenistic civilization. Examine authors, genres and artistic works to understand their impact on Greek civilization and their continuing legacy.
GRCV 2110 Study Abroad Greece
Offered in Greece, this course focuses on literary, historical and material evidence. All readings are in English. These courses have on-campus and field study sessions. Counts as a Classical Civilization course.

Highest Law School Success Rate

Classics majors (and math majors) have the highest success rates of any majors in law school. They have the highest LSAT and GRE scores.*

High Medical School Acceptance Rate

Classics have a better success rate getting into medical school than do students who concentrate solely in branches of science.**

Estote Maiores

Greek and Romans Studies at Millsaps allows you to Become Something Major.
* Harvard Magazine **Association of American Medical Colleges

Our distinctive strengths

Greek and Roman studies is a true liberal arts major... and one of the oldest! We teach you to read closely, think critically and argue persuasively.
  • Small Classes
  • Great Community
  • Interdisciplinary Focus
  • Research Opportunities
  • Tailored Educational Experience

Gain hands-on experience

The Greek and Roman Studies department offers numerous opportunities for hand-on research. From our coin collection to replica weapons, we want our students to truly experience the world they study.

Pathways

Our curriculum emphasizes problem solving and critical thinking skills essential to any career (and therefore any Pathway), as well as scientific writing and experimentation skills that may be especially critical to students interested in any of our six Pathways tracks.

Study Abroad

Summer- and winter-term field courses are offered on a regular basis. Greek and Roman Studies partners with a number of prestigious programs in Athens and Rome that offer summer and semester-abroad experiences.

More About the Degree

Recent Career Placements

  • Cornell University
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • Brown University
  • Tyson Chicken
  • Mississippi Medical Marijuana Association
  • Bay High School
  • Sixth Circuit Court of the 20th Judicial District, Nashville, Tennessee
  • University of Michigan

Postgraduate Study

  • Cornell University
  • University of Texas, Austin
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • University of Michigan
  • Texas Tech University
  • Brown University
  • Western Michigan University

Careers of Recent Graduates

  • Medical Doctor
  • Lawyer
  • Teacher
  • Professor
  • Archeologist
  • Public Policy
  • Researcher
  • Politics
  • Journalist
  • Religion

Related Areas of Study

  • Government and Politics
  • Pre-Health
  • Pre-Law
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Pre-Ministerial

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