Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies offers students opportunities to study the Mediterranean world of the ancient Greeks and Romans and, to a more limited extent, the societies of the Near East and Egypt. Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies have been taught at Bucknell since its founding in 1846. The discipline has grown and broadened over that century and a half, from one focused on a small canon of texts into a multidisciplinary field of study, bringing together a variety of methodologies and areas of expertise to explore all aspects of Mediterranean culture from the third millineum B.C.E. to the fifth century C.E.

Moreover, various courses and interests of Bucknell Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies faculty involve the classical tradition and western inheritance of Greco-Roman ideas, art, and architectural forms through the Middle Ages, Renaissance and into the modern world. The Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies faculty at Bucknell well represents this transformation of the discipline, bringing a variety of expertise to their teaching and research including ancient technology, environmental studies, classical and comparative literature, mythology, religion, ancient political theory, and theories of gender and ethnic identity.

The disciplines which comprise Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies are grouped into five categories:

Courses in the first three categories (Classical Humanities {CLAS}) require no knowledge of the ancient languages and no special background.

Students can choose to major or minor in Classics, Greek, or Latin, as well as simply to take a course or two in exploring our varied curriculum.

A Classics major consists in eight courses minimum; a Classics minor in five; a Greek minor in four, and a Latin minor in four.