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Italy Past and Present: study abroad opportunity

Spend five weeks of the summer in Italy. Applications are now open through the Education Abroad website where you can find many more details about the program.


Italy Past and Present


Our Program Goals

The Classics program offers an undergraduate major and minor in both the B.A. and B.S. degrees. Students pursuing a major or minor in Classics study Latin and/or Ancient Greek, Ancient History, Mythology and Folklore, and Ancient Philosophy. Classics courses may also contribute to a minor in Folklore and Mythology in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures. On the graduate level, the program offers an M.A. in Classics and an M.A. in Teaching Latin, through the Department’s Master of Arts in Teaching World Languages Program (MATWL). We are also home to the UK Institute for Latin Studies which offers a unique graduate level certificate program featuring the use of active speaking to gain a superior command of Latin and a broad sweep through the entire tradition of Latin from antiquity to the present day.

We offer our students:

  • excellent teaching in Latin and Ancient Greek language and literature.
  • opportunities to consider the Greek and Roman Classics in a wider context of World Literatures including reception in Asian, African, and African Diaspora literature.
  • opportunities to explore contacts with other Classical Languages such as Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese and Sanskrit.
  • a full range of courses on Ancient Greek texts from the Archaic to the Classical, Hellenistic and Imperial periods and on Latin texts from the earliest inscriptions to Neo-Latin masterpieces.
  • unique opportunities for advanced Latin education through the active, spoken use of the language and the sweep of Latin from antiquity through to the present day.
  • a wide variety of courses in Greek & Roman culture and civilization, including Mythology, Religion, Gender and Sexuality, Law and Politics, Race and Ethnicity,
  • an understanding of the Classical past and how this heritage forms and remains vital to contemporary society and culture, in both positive and negative ways.
  • opportunites for experience with digital humanities, including internships assisting in the Herculaneum Papyri project in Engineering
  • interdisciplinary education integrated into the Classics major in History, Philosophy, Art History and other disciplines. 



Officers of the Department of Modern & Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures are:


The McClellan Scholarship for Underrepresented Students in Classics

This scholarship is designed to support studies in Classics for a student belonging to an underrepresented group. The scholarship will be worth $1,000 and it will be awarded to a student with a Minor or Major in Classics, who will take two semesters of either Latin or Greek during the academic year 2021/22. All interested students are encouraged to apply.


Karrington Howard is an undergraduate student majoring in Classics in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures. In the Fall, Karrington will be joining the University Scholars program and will graduate in 2023 with her BA and MA in Classics from our program. Before she came to UK she was the co-founder of the National Latin Honors Society chapter at Tates Creek High school in Lexington, Kentucky, where she also participated in the International Baccalaureate program. Karrington is currently an officer of the UK Classics Club and she aims to pursue a career in education. Her goal is to become a high school Latin teacher. Kudos Karrington!!

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