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B.A. in Classical Studies

John Cabot University
Program overview
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
24,900 USD
Spring 2021

24,900 USD
Summer 2021

24,900 USD
Fall 2021

Program description

B.A. in Classical Studies

Rome offers students the ideal location for majoring in Classical Studies. The Ancient Roman world is still present in the city’s monuments, artwork, and inscriptions, in its rich museum collections, and in the profound influence of the classical tradition on its contemporary architecture.

Students majoring in classical studies have the exceptional opportunity to complement their study of classical language and written sources with on-site, first-hand experience of ancient art and material culture in Rome and throughout Italy. Major Roman library holdings greatly facilitate and enhance research in all areas of classical studies, including such specialized disciplines as numismatics, ancient medicine, science, engineering and industry.

While this major emphasizes the study of ancient Roman culture and society, the range of courses is designed to provide a solid foundation in classical civilization as a whole, from Greek and Roman literature to ancient history, philosophy, religion, mythology, archaeology, art, and architecture. Through their choice of major electives, students can focus in more depth on one or more of the areas of Greco-Roman culture that interest them the most.

The interdisciplinary study of the Classical World teaches students to think analytically about the foundations of Western Civilization, it also prepares them to think critically about their own contemporary world, and to seek innovative solutions to future challenges.

Admission requirements

Please visit the university website for more information about admission requirements.

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Program content

Core Curriculum

  • Introduction to Archaeology
  • Directed Readings in Latin
  • Ancient Philosophy
  • History of Ancient Greece
  • History of Ancient Rome and Italy
  • Literature and Society in Ancient Rome
  • Classical Rhetoric
  • Classical Greek Art and Architecture
  • Ancient Rome and its Monuments or Roman Imperial Art and Architecture
  • Classical Mythology or Ancient Religion
  • Research and Writing in the Humanities
  • Senior Thesis

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

  • U.S. citizens and permanent residents & Canadian citizens (10-17 credit hours): $24,900 US per year
  • Citizens of countries other than the U.S. or Canada (10-17 credit hours): €18,000 per year


Learning Outcomes of the B.A. in Classical Studies

  • Identify, analyze and interpret major historical, cultural, philological and artistic developments of the ancient Mediterranean World.
  • Analyze text, language, and material culture as primary sources, and contextualize these historically, socially, and culturally.
  • Discern how developments in ancient Mediterranean art, language, literature, and thinking are shaped by dynamic social and cultural interactions and appreciate the impact of context and audience on historical interpretation of these factors.
  • Apply methods, theories and techniques appropriate to the field, context and medium.
  • Apply knowledge, insights, and perspectives drawn from multiple Classical Studies disciplines and source types to new contexts.
  • Effectively and critically communicate ideas and information orally and in writing, and do so in response to primary and secondary sources.

About this institute

John Cabot University

At John Cabot University, Rome is your campus. JCU combines the best qualities of an American liberal arts college with the history and cultural heritage of the Eternal City. With its world-class faculty and students hailing from over 80 countries,...

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Why study at John Cabot University

Located in the heart of the Eternal City, John Cabot University is a unique place. It combines the best qualities of American liberal arts education, with the history and rich cultural heritage of Rome, a city that is at the same time one of the cradles of western civilization and a vibrant center of international life.


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