css University of Dallas Department of Classics

Department of Classics


Western Civilization's approach to education for 2500 years has been "classical" in the extended sense, in that it has been based on the study of works of the first rank, those reflections of the greatest minds that have had the most effect on the way humans have lived their lives. Until recently it has also been "classical" in the limited sense, in that it has given particular emphasis to the principal works of Greek and Latin authors, those that have been most formative in shaping the reflections of their successors, whether poets or theologians, philosophers or statesmen. "Classical" in the extended sense describes the University's core curriculum; "classical" in the limited sense describes the curriculum of the Classics Department. We look on Classics as still having its traditional role at the heart of a university education, and in this view we are supported by the core curriculum of the University of Dallas, which puts great emphasis on classical authors, and by many departments in the university which encourage their own students to learn classical languages or who join with us in offering double majors in Classics and, for example, English or Politics or Philosophy.


The University of Dallas offers two degrees in Classics and various opportunities for Latin teachers and high school students:

Study in Italy and Greece. Undergraduates spend one semester at our campus in Rome. From there they travel to Greece and to various Italian cities studying the monuments of western civilization in situ. For graduates there is a summer course with a similar itinerary and curriculum, Eternal Cities, offered through the Humanities Program. Undergraduates who are unable to spend a semester in Rome are also eligible for this summer program.

Outreach. The Classics faculty works in close cooperation with our counterparts in the schools. We are active in our joint state organization, the Texas Classical Association, and continue to sponsor meetings of the North Texas Classical Association , an informal group of teachers in our area, to which all friends of Latin and Greek are welcome. We have acted as advisors and in-service presenters to several school districts over the years. We are continuously involved with the Junior Classical League, the national and state organization for high school students. In recent years we have offered AP Teacher Training Institutes in Latin.