Embrace the best aspects of the liberal arts.
Through study of the Greeks and Romans you’ll learn that the emphasis both cultures placed on knowledge, wisdom, and experience are not just the keys to our Program, but are the keys to life as well.
Immerse yourself in the culture, history, languages, and literature of ancient Greece and Rome. Whether studying Latin or Greek on Butler’s campus, navigating the twisting streets of Pompeii, or getting your hands dirty on an archaeology dig in Greece, you’ll enrich your mind and imagination, sharpen thinking and communication skills, and hone your ability to respond critically and thoughtfully to the varying challenges of the modern world.
Our alumni have gone on to teach Latin in high schools, pursue law school, work in entertainment, museums, ministry, or as professional historians. We have even had students pair Classics with a major in the sciences in the pursuit of bio-medical careers.
Become part of a community of thinkers
As a student in the Classics Program at Butler you’ll work closely with a small, but dedicated faculty. Classes averaging 5-15 students give you greater opportunity to engage directly with faculty and with each other.
Engage with the Ancient World
Faculty lead student groups to Rome and the Bay of Naples, where they consider how Roman literature impacts our experience of sites like the Coliseum, the Vatican, and Pompeii. Other students have joined Classics faculty on a five-week archaeology dig in Greece. During their stay, students are introduced to a variety of museums and get practical training in the basics of modern archaeology. Students also have the opportunity to work as an intern for the Ancient Mediterranean Culture and Archaeology lab, which connects the Butler and Indianapolis communities with the material remains of antiquity.
Credit for Past Knowledge
Our program recognizes the quality of work many students have done before arriving on our campus. Students placing into the second or third year of Latin or Greek and completing at least six hours of study in the language at the upper level are eligible for 3–9 advanced placement credit hours toward the major or the minor.