Classics Senior Reflections
Emma Grover - Major, Greek & Latin
Majoring in Classics at Stanford is one of the best decisions I have ever made. For the past three years, Classics faculty have challenged me to think in new ways about ancient questions and encouraged me to be bold in my intellectual explorations. Studying Classics trained me to write rigorously and think creatively, skills I will carry with me for the rest of my life.
Justin Muchnick - Major, Latin
I simply cannot say enough good things about the Stanford Classics Department. From the professors to the administrative staff to the grad students to my fellow undergrads, every member of the department I have met has been exceedingly kind and open-hearted and smart and lovely. I’ve found friends who are willing to entertain debates about which lost classical text we’d most like to magically rediscover; I’ve spent countless office hours interacting with generous professors whose doors seem always to be open; and, for some ridiculous reason, I’ve even dressed up as a frat bro with a pink scooter while my former TA donned a David Bowie costume under the incalculably flimsy intellectual pretense of acting out a modern adaptation of Aristophanes’ Frogs.
But most of all, through my experiences with the Stanford Classics Department over the last few years, I’ve confirmed that my love of the classics is something that runs deep and will certainly be part of my life for years to come. I know that I will never have as intimidatingly precise an understanding of the minutiae of Latin grammar as Prof. Krebs, as graceful an ability to connect ancient and modern as Prof. Maxmin, or as comprehensive a knowledge of Greek drama (or as chronically underperforming a favorite soccer team) as Prof. McCall, but I will always have the passion for classical antiquity that they and everyone else in the department has helped to instill within me.
Thanks for making my undergraduate experience a wonderful one.
P.S. I promise that these kind words were in no way motivated by my trips to Greece and Italy that the department funded (though I won’t deny that those were definite perks of being a classics major!).
Lina Wang - Major, Greek & Latin
As I reflect on my time as a Classics major, I am struck by all the incredible opportunities and experiences I have had. Being a Classics major has allowed me to dig underwater with the Marzamemi Maritime Heritage Project, speak Latin in Italy with the Accademia Vivarium Novum, study medieval Latin in Paris, travel to Rome with my Majors Seminar, and conduct thesis research in Nashville and Los Angeles. In addition to all of this, the faculty and staff have been incredibly supportive both intellectually and emotionally. I don’t think I could thank them enough. I know that when I am older and reminiscing about my college years, what I will miss the most is the warmth and kindness that surrounded me in Building 110.
For more undergraduate stories and other news from the Department, check out the Classics Newsletter.
Declaring Your Major
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Get Involved with Classics
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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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