Sunday, September 25, 2011

Why Study Classics - or History and Political Science?

The Department of History and Political Science is proposing a Classics Major at AU.  It would involve taking our current Classical Civilization Minor, a sequence of three Latin classes at AU (these are also being proposed), and then finishing the major with a semester of study abroad at the American University in Rome, where you would study more Latin and take advantage of the wonderful resources found in Rome! How cool would that be?  We'll keep you posted on the progress of this proposal.

Need more reasons to study Classics?  Check out what the Princeton Review says:  

Who designed the water faucet? How did a Caesarean section get its name? Was Homer really blind? Why should you beware of Greeks bearing gifts? The answers to these and many other questions are yours for the knowing if you major in Classics - the study of the languages, literatures, and cultures of ancient Greece and Rome. A Classics major offers the opportunity to explore the beliefs and achievements of antiquity, and to learn just how profoundly they still affect contemporary civilization.

If you major in Classics, you'll learn Greek or Latin (or both). Be forewarned, though: reading the Odyssey in the original Greek is a little on the demanding side. You'll also read the great literary and philosophical works composed in these languages. You'll study ancient art, architecture, and technology, too, and you'll learn about Greek and Roman legal systems, social institutions, religious practices, and class distinctions.

We can't overestimate the value of a Classics major. Check this out: according to Association of American Medical Colleges, students who major or double-major in Classics have a better success rate getting into medical school than do students who concentrate solely in biology, microbiology, and other branches of science. Crazy, huh? Furthermore, according to Harvard Magazine, Classics majors (and math majors) have the highest success rates of any majors in law school. Believe it or not: political science, economics, and pre-law majors lag fairly far behind. Even furthermore, Classics majors consistently have some of the highest scores on GREs of all undergraduates.

Also, check out what the Princeton Review says about studying History and Political Science.

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