Classical Languages

Bachelor of Arts

At Wake Forest, majoring in Classical Languages transcends the exploration of a language and its literature. It celebrates these cultures’ contributions to modern society but is not afraid to address their misappropriation.

Did You Know?

  • Majors in Latin and Greek are drawn to a variety of other interests. In recent years, 86% of them have declared another major and/or a minor or minors.


Sample courses for students studying Classical Languages include:

  • Classics Beyond Whiteness
  • Ethics in Greece and Rome
  • Women, Gender and Sexuality in Antiquity
  • Greek Tragedy
  • Roman Satire

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Practical Experience & Skills

Majoring in Classical Languages can help prepare students to enter graduate school in classics, comparative literature, linguistics, history, as well as other fields. Many Wake Forest classics majors have gone on to graduate and professional study at distinguished institutions and have been successful in pursuing higher degrees.

Students in this program will develop the following skills:

  • Ability to assimilate new information and integrate it with earlier knowledge
  • Facility in organizing and remembering extensive vocabulary
  • An understanding of Greek and Latin grammar, which leads to a greater understanding of language in general
  • Facility in using language
  • Proficiency in reading, speaking, and writing
  • Propensity to think logically
  • Analytical and problem solving skills

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Clubs & Organizations

Classical Languages students participate in the following clubs and organizations:

  • Classical Association of the Middle West and South
  • North Carolina Classical Association

Career Outcomes

Careers that often interest Classical Languages majors include:

  • Anthropologist
  • Attorney
  • Consultant
  • Curator
  • Editor
  • Educator
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Journalist
  • Librarian
  • Minister
  • Physician
  • Technical Writer
  • Travel Agent

Recent Classical Languages majors are working in financial consulting (Deloitte); insurance (Chubb); banking (Citizens Bank); and several other industries.

Related Programs

Those who are interested in Classical Languages also consider the following programs:


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