Classics Major

As a classics major at Truman, you discover how the fascinating influences of ancient Greece and Rome prevail today. Cultivate your skills of inquiry, analysis, and communication through a combination of our rigorous curriculum and extensive research and study abroad opportunities.

You might combine your classics major with Englishhistory, or another foreign language and increase your marketability for teaching. If you’re pursuing a degree other than Classics, you can complement that major program with a classical studies, Ancient Greek or Latin minor.

An Extraordinary Breadth of View

Classics is a rich and varied field of study that draws together languages, literature, history, philosophy, art, and cultures of the ancient Greeks and Romans. You can choose to focus on both Greek and Latin languages in preparation for teaching or graduate school in classics, or you can emphasize culture courses on art, or history, or philosophy to complement another major. Few majors are so flexible.

Lively Learning Community

Truman has resources to ensure your success, including a Language Learning Center where you have access to advanced language learning aids.  The Center for International Study Abroad provides unique learning opportunities; perhaps you’ll write a paper about a Greek temple, then travel to Greece and stand in the shadow of the temple.

Start expanding your professional network through internships; develop leadership skills in student organizations like the Classics Club; hold a national office in Eta Sigma Phi or work with the Missouri Junior Classical League. You may decide to get some teaching experience as a peer tutor, preceptor for the University’s Joseph Baldwin Academy, or doing service learning with the local schools.

Learning Useful Pursuits

A background in classics benefits students interested in advanced study in library science, museum studies, education, politics, religion, English and comparative literature. It also lays a strong foundation for law, medicine, seminary and other professional degrees.

Our graduates have gone on to careers in:

  • teaching
  • law school
  • medical school or other health professions
  • seminary

Alumni Spotlight


Languages at Truman



Tutoring the kids at Ray Miller in Latin has allowed me to give enthusiastic kids the gift of the language that I love so much, and within the span of months we saw them gaining the benefits of a Classical education in their linguistic capability, critical thinking skills, and most importantly, their enthusiasm!
Joe S., Classics Major
Rachel Flynn-Whyman awarded distinguished Outstanding Beginning TeacherRachel Flynn-Whyman awarded distinguished Outstanding Beginning Teacher

February 14, 2021

Congratulations to Truman alumna Rachel Flynn-Whyman (B.A. Spanish ’18, MAE Spanish ’19), Exploratory Spanish Teacher at Fox Middle School in Arnold, Missouri, for winning one of the distinguished Outstanding Beginning Teacher awards from MACTE – the Missouri Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. Graduates like Rachel continue to demonstrate Truman’s level of excellence in preparing […]

Five Truman alums at Lindberg High School in St. LouisFive Truman alums at Lindberg High School in St. Louis

February 3, 2021

Truman represents!! The Modern Language program is strong at Lindberg High School in St. Louis with not one, but FIVE Truman alums. These graduates have taken their language specializations from the Classical and Modern Language Department and their training in foreign language instruction through our MAE-FL program to become stellar teachers, passionately dedicated to bringing […]

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