The major in ancient Mediterranean studies introduces students to the history, art, culture and literature of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds. Students also learn about the impact of Greece and Rome on other times and places, including our own.

Fast Facts
  • The department has two research labs for students where they work closely with department faculty: the Early Book and Manuscript Lab and the Roman World Lab.
  • Student-led HOMER Society participates in digital humanities work for the national Homer Multitext Project.
  • Trinity partners with the Southwest Texas Archaeological Society to sponsor lectures by visiting experts.
  • The department has a partnership with the San Antonio Museum of Art, which has a strong classical art collection.
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What You'll Study


Epic research, mentorship, and hands-on learning

Students enjoy personal interaction with faculty in all classical studies courses, especially the upper-division seminars and language classes. Classics faculty are known for close mentorship, fostered through small class sizes, undergraduate research, and field trips.

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Nicolle Hirschfeld, Ph.D.
Department Chair
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Erwin Cook, Ph.D.
Murchison Distinguished Professor
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Matthew Finnie, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor
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Becky Kahane, J.D., Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor
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Sira Schulz
Part-Time Faculty

Student Opportunities

A mosaic of opportunities



Several organizations offer various grants, fellowships, scholarships, or awards to students.

Honors Programs

Trinity offers an honors program in classics.

Research Opportunities

Student majors have presented papers at undergraduate research symposia across the country.

Study Abroad

Many students study abroad, especially in Italy and Greece.


Students can explore the strong classical collection and even intern at San Antonio local museums that focus on conservation and original research.

Spaces and Facilities

Our Classics seminar room has a library of reference materials and is open to students during the day.

Student Organizations

The Classical Studies department has student-led groups and the national honorary collegiate society for Latin and Greek students. 


Student Awards and Recognition

Each year, the classical studies department honors the achievements of some of its excellent students during Trinity’s Honor Awards ceremony.

Lecture Series and Annual Events

Throughout the academic year, the department sponsors and hosts play readings, colloquia, visiting lecturers, movies, and more.

When You Graduate

The heroic quest continues

The future is bright for ancient Mediterranean studies alumni—they leave Trinity equipped with the ability to think incisively about written documents and material records, synthesize evidence across disciplines, and express themselves effectively both orally and in writing.


Many classics majors go on to pursue graduate degrees in classics, archaeology, history, philosophy, and other related fields or in the professional fields, such as law, medicine, public health, museum studies, and library science. Some majors now teach Latin at the secondary level, while others have pursued careers in business as consultants or professional writers.

Graduate Schools or Programs:

  • Princeton University
  • Rutgers University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • UCLA
  • University of Chicago
  • UNC - Chapel Hill

Career Areas:

  • Archaeology
  • Business
  • Drama
  • Education
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Museum work
  • Politics
  • Publishing
  • Science

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