With a major in Latin, students develop their language skills and learn about the culture and history of the Roman world. Students discover how Latin 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

A linguistic heritage that spans millennia


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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Tim O'Sullivan, Ph.D.
Acting 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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Larry Kim, Ph.D.

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. They also engage in research with faculty, including in...

Study Abroad

Many students study abroad, especially in Italy and Greece.


Students can explore the strong classical collection at the San Antonio Museum of Art, with work that focuses on conservation, museum administration...

Spaces and Facilities

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

Student Organizations

A student-led group, the HOMER society, meets regularly to participate in digital humanities work for the national Homer Multitext Project. 


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. The...

Lecture Series and Annual Events

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

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
  • UCLA
  • University of California, Berkley
  • University of Chicago
  • UNC - Chapel Hill

Career Areas:

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


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