With a major in Greek, students develop their language skills and learn about the culture and history of the ancient Greek world. Students discover how ancient Greek has influenced our modern civilization, from art and literature to drama and language.

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

Ancient Greek language and culture, from Achilles to Zeus


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

Students are welcome to engage in research with faculty, in a humanities lab and in the innovative Roman World Lab. 

Study Abroad

Many students study abroad, especially in Italy and Greece.


Students can explore the strong classical collections, volunteer and even intern at our local San Antonio museums.

Spaces and Facilities

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

Student Organizations

Students can join the HOMER society or the Eta Sigma Phi 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 much more.

When You Graduate

The heroic quest continues

The future is bright for classics 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, Berkley
  • UNC - Chapel Hill
  • UCLA
  • University of Chicago

Career Areas:

  • Business
  • Education
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Politics
  • Publishing
  • Science


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