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Classical studies

Exploring the past to understand the future

Our culture, government, education system and even popular forms of entertainment are shaped by the classical world. The languages and literature of ancient Greece and Rome lie at the heart of modern life. By acquainting yourself with cultures from the past, you’ll better understand everyday life in the modern world. Classical, medieval and Renaissance studies at St. Norbert College provide you with the tools for mining the treasures of ancient thinkers — and prepare you to apply this wisdom to the challenges of today.

Academic paths within the minor

Completing four core courses and three electives from our classical studies curriculum will earn you a minor in this area. You can also design an individualized major in classical studies with help from your academic advisor. Join other classical studies students and compete for recognition on the National Latin Exam each year.

Elevate your classical studies education

The Center for Norbertine Studies acts as a repository for scholarly texts and research, housing a number of rare books and manuscripts. As a classical studies student, you’ll have access to these materials to use in your studies and research. Some of our students also choose to complete research projects. For example, as part of a recent Undergraduate Research Forum project, one of our students produced the first English translation of one of St. Norbert’s 12th-century sermons!

Want to experience Greek temples or Italian masterpieces firsthand? Our study abroad programs will take you to some of the most beautiful spots in Europe, where you’ll have the opportunity to take courses in Greek and Roman history and civilization, art, anthropology or philosophy.

Minor requirements


Course offerings

  • I like the beauties of life as well, and I think Latin is that. It’s discovery of what is known as a ‘dead language,’ and I think that’s super cool.

    Elle Maricque ’20

    St. Norbert College student Elle Maricque examines an old book..
    St. Norbert College student Elle Maricque examines an old book..

    I like the beauties of life as well, and I think Latin is that. It’s discovery of what is known as a ‘dead language,’ and I think that’s super cool.

    Elle Maricque ’20

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Undergraduate research

Engage in collaborative research projects in classical studies with your professors, and contribute to research through your senior thesis.

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Practical internships

Explore the field through internships, and find out what it’s like to put your academic training to work.

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International reach

Nothing illuminates classical culture better than experiencing it firsthand. Studying abroad is a great way to enrich your classical studies minor!

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Learn from exceptional SNC classical studies faculty

If there’s one thing that SNC professors and instructors have in common, it’s a passion for teaching and sharing their expertise. You’ll also find them dedicated to providing personalized guidance that supports your academic and career aspirations. Discover the distinguished scholars you’ll be learning from.

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Your classical studies degree at work

SNC alumni who earn classical studies minors can pursue a variety of careers once they graduate, including:

  • Anthropologist
  • Archivist
  • Attorney
  • High school teacher
  • Journalist
  • Library scientist
  • Literary editor
  • Publisher

Future study in classical studies

As a classical studies minor, you will be well-prepared to pursue graduate study in history, literature, philosophy, religious studies, political science or art. Many SNC alumni have used their training in classical studies to help them on the way to becoming college professors, field researchers or museum curators.

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Campus location

Ariens Family Welcome Center
310 College Ave.
De Pere, WI 54115

Hours of operation

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We’re also available by appointment.

Mailing address

Office of Admission
St. Norbert College
Ariens Family Welcome Center
100 Grant St.
De Pere, WI 54115