Greek as a treat
Winston Churchill once said, “I would let the clever learn Latin as an honour and Greek as a treat.” There’s a reason. For well over five hundred years, the classics were higher education. Classical history, classical literature, classical philosophy—and in Greek and Latin, not in translation. When students minor in classics, their eyes are passing over words read by Erasmus and Copernicus, Milton and Newton, Goethe and Hegel and, well, Churchill himself. Thus, if you’re a classics student, there’s a sense of being in the company of most of the great figures of western history every time you sit down to study.
Don’t really give a hoot about being in the company of most of the great figures of western history every time you sit down to study? OK, let’s get practical. In the most recent study of students taking the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), classics had the highest average score–higher than philosophy, higher than history and English, higher than any field of political science (ABA Journal, 09 April 2014). Not too shabby for “dead” languages, eh?
Students will spend at least one year learning Latin, classical Greek, or both. And they’ll learn it from real texts, not from made up stuff about pirates and farmers.
Students may also take advanced courses in other areas–classical history, Plato and Aristotle, Homer, classical art and architecture. (These, alas, will be taught in English–unless we can get the faculty to minor in classics.)