Research & Travel
A semester of off-campus study is usually possible for majors in classics. The department is a member of the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome and encourages interested students to participate, preferably in the fall semester of their junior year. The ICCS program offers traditional courses in Greek, Latin, Italian, Renaissance and Baroque art history, and a required two-credit course based on first-hand exposure to the archaeological and artistic monuments of the ancient world found in Rome, the Bay of Naples, and Sicily.
Summer Research Opportunities
Students may apply to the department for summer funding to support intensive summer courses in Latin and Greek, participation in archaeological field work abroad, internships connected with classics, or research projects undertaken with a member of the department.
Some summer programs recently attended by Swarthmore students:
- CUNY Summer Language Institute
- Berkeley Summer Language Programs
- University College in Cork, Ireland
- Via Consulare Project in Pompeii
- Agora Project in Athens
- American Academy in Rome Summer Program
- Gabii Project
- Azoria Project
"This summer, thanks to generous funding from the Classics Department, I was able to participate in the Summer Greek Workshop at UC Berkeley. This was my first time studying ancient Greek. After six grueling weeks of memorizing grammar, syntax and vocabulary about eleven hours a day, every day, we were rewarded with four weeks of literature electives. I spent these weeks reading Homer (excerpts from the Iliad) and Plato (excerpts from Symposium). As someone who's dreamed of reading the Iliad in Greek since she was fourteen, I couldn't have asked for a better summer!"
Sarah Geselowitz '16