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Classical, Medieval & Renaissance Studies

The languages and literature of ancient Greece and Rome lie at the heart of Western culture, and the liberal arts. By acquainting yourself with these cultures you will gain a lens through which to see modern life more clearly.

Studying classical languages does more than enhance your English skills. It also provides you with a tool for mining the treasures of ancient thinkers and prepares you to apply this wisdom to modern dilemmas.

At St. Norbert College, completing four core courses and three electives from the classical studies curriculum earns you a minor in classical studies. You also may fashion an individualized major in classical studies with help from the program director.

A Classical Studies Minor at Work
As a classical studies minor, you will be well prepared to pursue graduate study in history, literature, philosophy, religious studies, political science and art. Several St. Norbert alumni have followed that path on the way to professions in higher education, field research or museum management.

Other career paths include:
  • Anthropologist
  • Attorney
  • High school teacher
  • Publisher
  • Literary editor
  • Journalist
  • Archivist
  • Library scientist
Enhance Your Classical Studies Minor
Nothing illuminates classical culture better than experiencing it firsthand. That’s why we encourage a semester’s study in Europe for those who minor in the field.

St. Norbert undergraduates also earn recognition each year for their work on the National Latin Exam.

Student Highlight

“Super cool” might not be the first words that come to mind for some when they imagine translating a 12th-century sermon from Latin into English. But that’s exactly how Elle Maricque ’20 described her Undergraduate Research Forum project – and the sermon she worked on was one attributed to St. Norbert himself.

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