Timothy A. Joseph, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair
In the curriculum of the Department of Classics students study the ancient Greek and Roman cultures through their languages, texts, and artifacts. Courses are available every semester in the ancient Greek and Latin languages at the introductory, intermediate, and advanced levels. For both Classics majors and non-majors alike, there are offerings in Greek and Roman literature, history, politics, mythology, rhetoric, art and archaeology, and religion — all of these Classics courses require no knowledge of the ancient languages. For Classics majors, there are also opportunities for independent and collaborative research.
The department offers a wide selection of courses, seminars, and occasional tutorials that provide a comprehensive view of the ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome. The program for majors is designed to develop a command of the Classical languages, to introduce the student to the techniques of textual and historical analysis, and to survey the Greek and Roman worlds through literary, historical, and archaeological evidence. The Classics major thus acquires a familiarity with the subtleties and intricacies of inflected languages, an appreciation for creative expression through the accurate translation of prose and poetry, and a critical knowledge of the texts, material culture and institutions that form the foundations of Western Civilization. In addition, the classroom experience can be enhanced by participation in first-rate study abroad programs in Rome and Athens.
A minimum of 10 courses is required for a major in Classics. To satisfy the language requirements of the Classics major, a student will typically take at least one semester of an author-level course in one of the languages (Greek or Latin) and complete the intermediate level in the other. Normally, majors take no fewer than eight courses in the original languages. Adjustments to the language requirements can be approved by the chair of the department.
The department offers three merit scholarships — two Rev. Henry Bean, S.J., Scholarships (annually) and the Rev. William Fitzgerald, S.J., Scholarship (every four years) — to incoming students with distinguished academic records who major in the Classics at Holy Cross. Recipients of these scholarships are granted full tuition, independent of need. Each scholarship is renewable annually, provided that the student maintains a strong academic record and continues to be a highly active Classics major. Candidates should address inquiries to: Department of Classics, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA 01610. The application deadline is Jan. 15.
Advanced Placement Credit: Students with AP credit in Latin may be placed in 300-level Latin courses but do not normally receive credit toward the major.