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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our department is following the University’s Return to Campus Plan for fall term. Staff will be working remotely. Please see our web pages for more information about courses and our degree programs.  Questions may be e-mailed to

The department of Classics at the University of Oregon has a flourishing undergraduate and graduate program. The field of classics embraces all aspects of Greek and Roman culture from the prehistoric to the medieval period. Through the study of classical literature in the original languages (ancient Greek and Latin) and in English translation, and through the study of other areas encompassed by the classics, such as ancient history, philosophy, art history, and archaeology, a student gains an understanding of the culture and ideals of the Greco-Roman world. Students who study Classics at the undergraduate and graduate level have notable success in acceptance into graduate schools and on the job market.

Our department seeks to provide students with opportunities to study the Greeks and Romans both in English translation and in the original languages. Furthermore, we encourage archaeological excavation. By studying the primary languages and by participating in archaeological excavation, students engage with the Greeks and Romans in a direct and scholarly manner.

Our faculty has a diverse range of research and teaching specialties. We have specialists in Greek poetry and Greek prose, Roman poetry and prose, ancient philosophy and science, and classical archaeology. Our faculty has won several teaching awards and the department encourages strong teaching from its faculty. Furthermore, our faculty members maintain strong research profiles. Please visit their individual websites to learn more about their ongoing research and publications.

The Classics department fosters close interdisciplinary ties with several departments, including the departments of Anthropology, Art History, English, History, and Philosophy.

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The faculty and affiliated members of the Department of Classics strive to create an equitable and inclusive environment for all students, faculty, and staff. We explore the richness and diversity of the ancient Mediterranean world through multiple methods and approaches, curious and open-minded inquiry, and a desire to place cultures in dialogue with one another. We are committed to confronting and correcting our field’s historical inequities by welcoming and valuing students, scholars, and scholarship from non-traditional, underrepresented, and marginalized groups.

The Department of Classics is able to provide some financial support for students in need.  If you are in financial need, please contact any member of the faculty or staff, or email the head of the department  (