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Beyond the extensive coursework, students are exposed to several opportunities such as field trips, honor society, and faculty interactions that enrich their liberal arts education at Trinity.
Several organizations offer various grants, fellowships, scholarships, or awards to undergraduate and graduate students in ancient Mediterranean studies, as well as opportunities to participate in digs and study abroad.
Here is a list of organizations that provide opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students:
- American Academy in Rome / School of Classical Studies
- American Center of Oriental Research
- American Philological Association
- American School of Classical Studies at Athens
- The American Schools of Oriental Research
- Archaeological Institute of America
- Eta Sigma Phi (National Classics Honor Society)
- Institute for Aegean Prehistory (INSTAP)
Research Symposiums and Conferences
Student majors have presented papers at undergraduate research symposia across the country.
Students also engage in research with faculty, including in the innovative Roman World Lab. Students can also research in a humanities lab, for course credit, to undertake original research in premodern and early modern literature, learning how to transcribe and edit previously unpublished Greek or Latin manuscripts.
Office of Experiential Learning
Undergraduate research is central to Trinity University's values. The Office of Experiential Learning provides a place for students to gain information about internships, community service and service-learning opportunities, beyond the classroom course projects, and undergraduate research opportunities.
Don't just learn it--live it
Many students study abroad, especially in Italy and Greece. Develop a deep understanding of international issues through intercultural learning in a complex world.
Today, cross-cultural understanding is as much a practical necessity as an educational standard. Study abroad is an embodiment of the liberal arts ideals and a sign of the initiative and breadth often looked for by employers.
Students can explore the strong classical collection at the San Antonio Museum of Art, with work that focuses on conservation, museum administration, original research, and object display. Students also take field trips to view plays and dig up artifacts and also put on productions.
The classical studies department is proud to be a member of Eta Sigma Phi, the national honorary collegiate society for students of Latin and Greek. Each May, students in the department who have met the strict eligibility requirements undergo a fearsome trial of initiation, including a scripted descent into the underworld. (We're not kidding.) We then toast our new initiates with soda, pizza, and other ritual foodstuffs. Officers of Eta Sigma Phi also help host various play-readings and departmental activities throughout the year.
A student-led group, the HOMER society, meets regularly to participate in digital humanities work for the national Homer Multitext Project.
Lecture Series and Events
Throughout the academic year, the department sponsors and hosts play readings, colloquia, visiting lecturers, movies, and more. The department also hosts the speakers for the Southwest Texas Archaeological Society.
"Daily Off" Class Contest
The department holds a "Daily Off," in which students from “Daily Life in Ancient Greece” and “Daily Life in Ancient Rome” compete in a contest to see which class was more, um, daily-er.
The department also hosts the speakers for the Southwest Texas Archaeological Society as well as visiting lecturers throughout the year.
Field Trips and Activities
Past events have also included field trips to Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses in Austin and the production of a short film adaptation of Thornton Wilder's Ides of March.
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Student Awards and Recognition
Outstanding Honors Awards
Each year, the Department of classical studies honors the achievements of some of its outstanding students during Trinity University's Honor Awards ceremony. The department gives an award to the outstanding senior in ancient Mediterranean studies, the outstanding senior in the study of ancient Greek, and the outstanding senior in the study of Latin.