This site offers a basic introduction to the activities and life of the Bryn Mawr College Department of Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies. Here you will find all of the essential information about our programs, and our various curricular and extra-curricular offerings (undergraduate and graduate).
From its early days, Bryn Mawr has had an international reputation in Classical languages, and the College is home to a lively community of undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty members interested in Classical subjects. ‘Classical’ is broadly interpreted, for faculty areas of interest and expertise range widely: from Greek magic to Latin late antiquity; from archaic Greek meter to Renaissance NeoLatin epic. The interests of our students reflect this variety as well, as can be seen from the range of topics in the Senior Thesis archive, which preserves the independent research projects that each senior major does in her senior year.
The Department attracts people with all sorts of interests, who go on to follow a wide variety of paths in life. Some go on to graduate school to study Classics or related fields. Some go to professional school for law, medicine, business, or library services. Others become farmers, city planners, or headhunters; even a cabaret singer counts herself among the alumnae of Bryn Mawr's Classics Department.
Both in the classroom and beyond, we work closely with our colleagues in Special Collections. We are privileged to have excellent collections relating to the study of Classics in both Art and Artifacts and Rare Books and Manuscripts. We are also actively engaged in exploring the ways Digital Humanities can contribute to the study of Classics.
The Classics Department also runs a weekly Classics Colloquium. Scholars from other institutions are invited to present papers on a wide range of topics; in addition to these distinguished visitors, Bryn Mawr faculty and senior graduate students also speak. The Classics Colloquium is always preceded by a Tea, to which all are welcome: it provides a regular meeting-place for everyone associated with the Department.
The site also serves as a convenient springboard for browsing in the Bryn Mawr Classical Review, the second-oldest online scholarly journal in the humanities, or exploring and ordering from the ever-expanding line of Bryn Mawr Commentaries, a series of annotated texts produced by Bryn Mawr's Department of Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies that are used in many classical-language courses around the country.