Classics Dept Staff 2016, (Left to right) Mitchell Parks, George Exner, Melissa Haynes, Tom Beasley, Ashli Baker, Jane Baker, Janet Jones

Thebes Excavation

Thebes Excavation

A rare opportunity for a comprehensive excavation in the ancient city of Thebes, Greece and the Ismenion Hill, a site of historic, literary and cultural interest for centuries from the second millennium BC onward.

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Discover what Indiana Jones always knew – you can create paths to the future by exploring the past and all its wonders, tragedies, innovations and cultures.

Study classics and ancient Mediterranean studies. Your professors, who are just as cool as Harrison Ford, will connect you to societies that existed six millennia ago through ancient texts, discussions, research projects and maybe even an archeological dig in Greece. Learn about human cultural development in western Asia, Europe and North Africa. Study Latin, or Greek or both. And with your rich education and new ability to time travel, go on to a great career in law, finance, publishing, academia, medicine or whatever else you might choose to do.

Did You Know?

A majority of students who study classics & ancient Mediterranean studies take advantage of the University's international studies opportunities to spend a semester or summer in Athens, Rome or other locations.

The Archaeological Laboratory houses the department's extensive collection of excavated ancient glass and other artifacts.

On-campus research opportunities include hands-on experience in the Archaeological Laboratory, directed independent research and honors research through the University Honors Program.

Two Bucknell University professors were selected to lead the first joint Greek-American archaeological dig in the ancient city of Thebes, Greece — the first such excavation of the historic Ismenion Hill area in nearly a century.

Faculty Spotlight

Meet the rest of our faculty

Ashli Baker

Assistant Professor

Ashli Baker

"Metamorphoses and other novels of the period are less familiar to undergraduates than more canonical texts, but it's important for students to be introduced to these surprisingly modern – and fun – stories that can help us reflect on both the ancient world and our own."

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Janet Jones


Janet Jones

"Bucknell students are going to go out and have an impact on the world. I can have a little impact on how they do that, by showing them the history of human activities and their impact on the natural world."

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Kristine Trego

Assistant Professor

Kristine Trego

"The first time I got to go out to Turkey and work on an excavation really just exploded my knowledge. It made me have a personal connection to what I was doing. It wasn't just something I was approaching in books, but was now approaching with my hands."

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Hands-on Experience

Outside the Classroom

Study Abroad

Most Bucknell classics students take advantage of study-abroad and field archaeological opportunities to study classics or work on excavations in Italy, Greece, Turkey, Jordan, Ireland and elsewhere.


Undergraduate Research

On-campus research opportunities include hands-on experience in the Archaeological Laboratory, directed independent research and honors research in the University Honors Program.



Classics majors can gain career experience through summer internships. Recently, students have interned at:

  • Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • United States Senate


Classics & Ancient Mediterranean Studies

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