The Greeks invented the liberal arts. And thus, a Greek major at RMC is to study its foundation. From early Greek literature and philosophy, to art and architecture, you’ll develop a broad understanding of the richness of these cultures and the reach of their influence. Commonly paired with a major in classical studies, you’ll study the ancient texts of Homer, Plato and the New Testament in the original, classical Greek language, and discover the origins of democratic political rhetoric, biological classifications, ethics, scientific principles, and modern medical practice. 

Greek up close In and Beyond the Classroom

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Hands-On Learning

At RMC, studying Greek and classical antiquity is a collaborative process. In Beginning and Intermediate Greek language courses you’ll learn from professors and peer mentors who work alongside you practice the complex and nuanced language of the ancients. In art classes, students trace RMC’s Brock Center architecture right back to ancient Athens. Ancient Athletics students visit the gyms on campus to find and draw the elements inherited from ancient Greek and Roman gymnasia and baths. 

Advising and Mentorship

The classics department is a community, helping Greek majors pursue common double majors or minors in related disciplines including archaeology, religious studies and Latin. In small classes and through one-on-one research support, faculty get to know you, and help you define your path to a rewarding career.

Scholarships and Awards

The classics department offers a variety of scholarships and awards to classical studies, Greek, Latin and archaeology students who perform at the highest academic levels.

  • The John Camp and Elizabeth Fisher Endowed Fund for International Travel provides travel funds and/or scholarship awards for students studying abroad.
  • The Joseph Boyd Haley Prize is awarded to an outstanding student in elementary Greek. 
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Global Education

Though not required, travel or study abroad is a transformative opportunity for any Greek major. And it happens in many forms at RMC. 

In 2022, RMC celebrated its final year of  archaeological excavations at the Athenian Agora in Greece, a program of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. This rich legacy of working alongside renowned archaeologists to excavate and analyze  artifacts remains a part of RMC’s culture, with opportunities for January term travel alongside professors, semester study abroad, and future digs at  consequential archaeological sites. 

  • 1 of
    the only colleges with a Greek major in the state of Virginia
  • 12M
    people around the world speak Greek
  • 50%
    of all bachelor’s degrees in Greek granted in Virginia come from RMC
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Greek in full Courses You Won’t Want to Miss

(A very small sample)

GREK 341

The Greek Epic

Discover and analyze selected readings from the Iliad and Odyssey of Homer. 

CLAS 213

Greek Art and Archaeology

Discover the art and archaeology of Greece from the Bronze Age through the Archaic, Classical, and early Hellenistic periods. Study the legacy of Greek civilization to Western art, city planning, and thought. 

GREK 346

New Testament Greek

Analyze the Gospels and the Pauline letters with special emphasis on problems of exegesis and historical criticism. 

Opportunities Worth Grabbing

Popular activities and programs among Greek majors

Eta Sigma Phi

Classical Languages Honors Fraternity

Waw Quoppa San Classics Club

From Here To What you can do with a Greek degree from RMC.

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Amy Spagna ’98

St. James Episcopal Church

“One of the most important things I learned at RMC was how to listen in such a way as to be able to ask the right questions, and then how to be patient enough to find the answers. It’s a skill I use almost every day, whether it’s in doing the study required for preaching and teaching, helping someone in any kind of need, or in working with a team to solve challenges on behalf of the community.”

Tommy Millner ’76

Retired CEO
Cabela’s and Remington Arms

Laura Gawlinski ’98

Associate Professor, Chair of the Department of Classics
Loyola University 

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