Classical Studies focuses on understanding the world of the ancient Mediterranean, including Greece, Rome, and surrounding cultures, by studying its languages, history, art, and archaeology. The department offers a major and minor in Classical Studies, Latin, or Greek, and encourages all students to sample broadly among the offerings while concentrating in a particular field. In addition to courses taught in the ancient languages, many courses are offered in literature in translation; history, art, and archaeology surveys and seminars; and courses on topics as varied as mythology and religion, Roman law, ancient leadership, and gender in the ancient world. The Classical Studies program focuses on developing skills in critical thinking, reading, and writing, and all majors complete independent research projects. Students find that exploring the past invites new perspective on the modern world while opening doors to the future. Recent graduates have pursued advanced studies at the M.A. and Ph.D. levels, medical school, law school, the Peace Corp, and careers ranging from teaching, to publishing, to business.