Classics

Classics
Old Main, room 311
651-696-6376
Fax: 651-696-6498


Office Hours
September 1-May 31
Weekdays 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
June 1-August 31
Tuesdays 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Why Classics at Mac?

The field of Classics explores the literature, cultures, and archaeological remains of the ancient Mediterranean world, from Rome to Greece, Egypt, Israel and beyond. Here students learn Arabic, Greek, Hebrew, or Latin, and together with faculty analyze and interpret ancient texts, societies, and material culture. Students find that study of the ancient Mediterranean sheds much light on contemporary problems, concepts, and values.

Students may choose from three tracks through the Classics major or minor: Classical Civilization, Classical Languages, or Classical Archaeology. All majors explore the ancient Mediterranean using methods from across the liberal arts, but each student designs a curricular path through the parts of the ancient world which most capture their imagination.

Classics Current News

Fall 2015

Fall 2015 Newsletter Available Now
The fall 2015​ issue of Antiquity Now, the Classic Department's newsletter, is available now.  In it you will find pictures and interviews and stories about: one student's​ study away experience, alumni news, courses that will be offered in the spring, ​upcoming study away programs, an Omrit 2015 photo album​; and more news, including news about about newly-tenured Professor Brian Lush, Arabic House, capstones, and opportunities that appeal to classicists.​ The latest issue of Antiquity Now is available here.   Newsletter Archives are here.

Opportunity Updates on the Classics Website
An "O​pportunity U​pdates" section is now available on our website our web site. It's a place to look for nice-to-know things that our department is often asked to share with our students: calls for papers, internship opening notices, recruiting, grad and study away program notices, and more. Find it here.

Spring 2015

King Herod Comes to Saint Paul
Archaeological Discovery, Architectural Preservation, and Experiential Education in Northern Israel on Thursday, May 28 at 7:00 pm in Weyerhaeuser Boardroom, 62 Macalester Street, with speakers President Yona Chen of Tel-Hai College in Northern Israel, and Professor Andrew Overman of Macalester. The public is invited to this first public lecture about a unique collaboration between Macalester and Tel Hai in Northern Israel. Find a brochure about the Omrit project here.

Fall 2014

Introduction to Museum Studies Exhibition
Students in the Introduction to Museum Studies course have created exhibits that are on display December 8-11, 2014 in multiple campus locations. To learn more about their projects, and to find out where to see the exhibits, see the catalog here.

Consider Classics Courses for Spring 2015
Registration begins November 17. We've created a handy handout to help you decide where to begin in Classics. Find it here.

The first issue of Antiquity Now, the Classic Department's newsletter (linked here) was published in early October.

Spring 2014

Starting in September 2014, the Classics Department's Arabic language students have the option of living in The Arabic Cottage.  An article about the new opportunity appeared in this issue of the Mac Weekly.

Professor Andy Overman's Roman World course had a unique assignment this semester – an Essignment. Students selected a crucial aspect of Roman History from the syllabus and designed a web-based project.

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