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Classics Senior Reflections










Aulden Foltz- Major, Greek

I am so grateful for the warmth I have felt at Stanford Classics during my time as an undergraduate. I entered my freshman year knowing I loved Greek and Biology, but having no idea how to balance those two interests. Every time I entered the Classics department, it was with a sigh of relief. From meetings with my venerable advisor, to late, stressful nights studying in the Classics library, Classics at Stanford has undeniably reinforced my love of Ancient Greek, but it has also provided me with support as I’ve explored other disciplines at Stanford. I know that even if I don’t pursue Classics directly as a career, I will have the knowledge and skills I’ve gained through Stanford Classics with me forever. 

Although my Greek skills can (and hopefully will) be much improved, I have built enough foundation here in order to continue improving upon it when I leave Stanford. I am excited to further the intellectual awesomeness Stanford Classics has bestowed upon me this summer as a teaching assistant at Calder Classics Ancient Greek and Art History summer program in Florence, Italy. Although considering the quality of teaching I’ve received here, those are big shoes to fill. 


Alpha Hernandez - Minor, Classical Studies

(Major in Architectural Design)

Since I was a young girl, I was fascinated with classical civilizations and the architecture, cultures, and stories that emerged from them. Together, the Stanford Classics Department and the Stanford Architectural Design Program have challenged me to tackle the connections between the ancient world and architecture. I am grateful for the Classics Department for providing me with an interdisciplinary world I didn’t know I was searching for and allowing me to take courses in architecture, mythology, tragedy, engineering, and ancient history. With the Classics Department’s support, I traveled to Greece for Spring Break as part of a WIM seminar and have also completed two field seasons with the Marzamemi Maritime Heritage Project – an underwater excavation of a sixth century Roman shipwreck. I look forward to using all of the knowledge I have learned as a Classics student in my future classical and architectural endeavors.

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The Stanford Undergraduate Journal of Classical Studies (Aisthesis) is published annually and distributed to over 100 universities. Authors must be current undergraduates or graduates who were enrolled in the previous academic year. Submissions are open to authors from any university and can be sent to A committee of Stanford Classics Majors select the entries and edit the journal. 

Research and Activities

Classics undergraduates can participate in overseas archaeology, digital research projects, Stanford Classics in Theater (SCIT), and more. See our Projects Page to get involved! 


All Classics undergraduates are eligible to apply for travel funding. In the past, students have received funds for study abroad programs, independent research projects, archaeological digs, Classics conferences, and more. Funding is available for travel in the US and abroad. Learn how to apply on our Travel and Research Grants Page

Affiliated Organizations

Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies (Duke University)

Classics Majors have the opportunity to study abroad in Rome through the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies. ICCS students come from colleges and universities throughout the country. Established in 1965, the "Centro" attracts several Stanford undergrads every year. Application information can be accessed on the ICCS Website

American School of Classical Studies at Athens

Advanced undergraduate students can apply to attend summer sessions of the American School of Classical Studies. ASCSA programs are based in Athens and provide an intensive introduction to ancient Greece through travel and immersion. Summer session applications can be accessed here. For more information on membership and programs, see the ASCSA Website

Archaeological Institute of America

The AIA invites researchers from around the world to Stanford for lectures and workshops throughout the year. In addition to their annual joint conference with the Society for Classical Studies, the AIA provides a databse for fieldwork opportunities, grants and scholarships, and education. Read more on the AIA Home Page

Society for Classical Studies/American Philological Association

Founded as the American Philological Association in 1869, the SCS is the primary association for Classics scholarship in North America. Next year's annual SCS/AIA national conference will be held in San Francisco. Visit the SCS to learn more about Classics organizations, journals, scholarship, employment, and conferences. 


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