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Classical & Ancient Near Eastern Studies

The Department of Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies at the University of Wisconsin in Madison was created as one of the original academic units on campus in 1850, when the first Board of Regents established a Professorship of Ancient Languages and Literature, and assigned to it the mandate "to develop the philosophy of language and to unfold the history and the theory of a civilization which has passed away, but has left an abiding impression on human society" (M. Curti and V. Carstensen, The University of Wisconsin: A History, Volume 1, Madison, 1949).  

While remaining faithful to the linguistic, historical, and philological core of Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, students and faculty also conduct research in such varied areas as Gender Studies, Literary Theory, Translation Studies, and Classical Reception. We are a vibrant and supportive community of professors and graduate students, committed to the study of the ancient Mediterranean and Near East, and to the training of new generations of teachers and scholars.

The department offers undergraduate majors in Classical Humanities, Classics (Greek and Latin), and Latin, along with a Certificate in Classical Studies. We also cooperate with the School of Education to offer a teacher certification program in Latin.

We offer two graduate program tracks, one in Classics and the other in Hebrew Bible.  We regularly have more than twenty students in residence working toward an M.A. or Ph.D., and alumni of our graduate programs are teaching at schools, colleges, and universities across the country.


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  1. Professor Nandini Pandey Connects Classics & HBO

    Written by Toni Landis on January 13, 2017

    Read Pandey's take on Vergil and the popular HBO series, Westworld!

  2. Professor William Aylward Publishes Findings

    Written by Toni Landis on January 12, 2017

    Learn more about Aylward's expertise and his contributions to this archaeological find!  

  3. Graduate Student Rebecca Moorman Earns Teaching Award

    Written by Toni Landis on January 12, 2017

    The Early Excellence in Teaching award recognizes outstanding and inspirational Teaching Assistant performance.