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Classics Program

Classics Program

Butler Classics students immerse themselves 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 their hands dirty on an archaeology dig in Greece, our students enrich their minds and imaginations, sharpen thinking and communication skills, and hone their 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.


Explore History

Supported by the Georgia Watkins Fund, our program helps students participate in archaeological digs, select summer study programs, or conferences in Classics. Butler hosts Mu Chapter of Eta Sigma Phi, the national honorary collegiate society for students of Greek and Latin.




Classics Major/Minor

Classics majors embrace the best aspects of the liberal arts as they seek mastery in the Greek or Latin language, explore ancient literature, contemplate important political and historical developments, and dive into the material culture of antiquity. Many students couple their major with a variety of fields from English to philosophy to political science, or even math and the natural sciences. See the Classics Major/Minor.

Program Highlights

Classics Learning environment

Intimate Learning

Students in the Classics program at Butler work closely with a small, but dedicated faculty. Classes averaging 5-to-15 students give you greater opportunity to engage directly with faculty and with each other. Our students feel part of a community of thinkers, engaging in a subject they are passionate about.


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 6 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.

Butler Summer Institute

Practical Experience

We encourage undergraduates to take advantage of opportunities to work with faculty on research of their own, whether in a Butler Summer Institute project or an honors thesis. Students who have done quality research have presented their work at undergraduate conferences and regional Classics conferences.


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.