Classical Studies Department

Introduction

“Read the histories of the ancient ages; contemplate the great examples of Greece and Rome.” —John Adams 1765

The study of the languages and civilization of Greece and Rome gives the student a unique insight into the Western heritage. Basic knowledge of classical antiquity is virtually indispensable for any in-depth study in political science, religion, philosophy or literature. The analytical training of classical studies, moreover, gives the student excellent and widely recognized preparation for a broad variety of professions.

Economy, Philosophy, Democracy, Republic, Politics—these are Greek and Roman words and institutions, and they are also concepts at the core of our country and our world. It is imperative that we know their history intimately. Hillsdale College, in its mission to be “a trustee of modern man's intellectual and spiritual inheritance from the Judeo-Christian heritage and the Greco-Roman culture,” remains one of the very few colleges where the Classics are taught objectively, in a manner free from the pressures of special interest groups that attempt to make the classics conform to current intellectual fads.