Program in Classics: Greek and Roman Civilization


 Michael R. Werner, Ph.D.

Professors Emeriti
 John C. Overbeck, Ph.D. 
  University of Cincinnati
 Hans A. Pohlsander, Ph.D.
  University of Michigan
 Paul W. Wallace, Ph.D.
  Indiana University

 Associate Professor Emerita
 Sylvia Barnard, Ph.D.
  Yale University

Associate Professors
 Stuart Swiny, Ph.D., Anthropology Department
  University of London
 Michael R. Werner, Ph.D.
  Stanford University

Adjunct Associate Professor
 Gregory I Stevens, Ph.D.
  University of Michigan

 Joan Early, D.A.
  University at Albany
 Daniel Gremmler, D.A.
  University at Albany
 Marvin W. Kushnet, M.D.
  New York University
 Patricia Marshall, Ph.D.
  Duke University

The Classics Program, housed in the Department of Art, offers courses in Greek and Roman Civilization (in English), primarily in the disciplines of Mediterranean Archaeology and Art or Classical Literature and Culture. Courses in the classical Greek and Latin languages are periodically offered through the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

Study in the program would be suitable preparation for teaching and for master’s-level studies in classics or for professional programs in law, library science, theology, business administration or public administration. A number of courses provide the foundations for further study in professional areas that include conservation and preservation, musicology, and Old World or classical archaeology.

Special Programs and Opportunities
The department assists students who seek placement in summer or academic-year programs in Greece or Italy or who wish to participate in an archaeological excavation in Europe or the Mediterranean.

Students interested in Mediterranean archaeology and art are encouraged to include archaeological fieldwork in their course of studies. Such a program is offered regularly during the summer session by both the Classics Program and the Department of Anthropology.

Internships in archaeological documentation and conservation are also available at state agencies in the Albany area.

Students who expect to enter a graduate program in classical archaeology or philology are strongly urged to pursue the study of Latin and/or ancient Greek.

The Student-Initiated Interdisciplinary Major in Greek and Roman Civilization*

Students wishing to pursue more extensive study in Greek and Roman Civilization may propose their own Interdisciplinary Major or Minor by blending courses from the program with other academic department(s) on campus. Many departments on campus offer courses relevant to such study including (but not limited to) Anthropology, Art and Art History, English, History, and Philosophy.

The Interdisciplinary Major must consist of at least 36 but not more than 66 credits. If the major includes fewer than 54 credits, the student will need a separate minor to meet graduation requirements. If the major includes 54 or more credits, the student will not need to declare a separate minor.

At least half of the total credits in the Interdisciplinary Major must be at the 300 level or above. Up to 25% of the credits earned toward the Interdisciplinary Major may take the form of independent study courses.

The Interdisciplinary Major must have at least two faculty sponsors, one primary and one secondary, with the primary sponsor serving as the student’s major advisor. The two sponsors must be faculty members of academic rank (i.e. Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or Professor) and must come from two different academic departments offering courses included in the proposed major.

The Interdisciplinary Minor must consist of at least 18 credits, including a minimum of 9 graduation credits of “advanced course work,” defined as courses requiring at least one prerequisite course and/or courses at or above the 300 level. The minor requires one faculty sponsor of academic rank.

Formal application to initiate an Interdisciplinary Major or Minor must be made through the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education located in Lecture Center 30 (442-3950). In order to apply, a student must have already completed at least 30 general credits toward graduation. Proposals will be reviewed by the Interdisciplinary Studies Committee of the Undergraduate Academic Council.

*Students who matriculated prior to Fall 2011 who are declared Greek and Roman Civilization majors,  Honors majors, minors and B.A./M.A. majors should consult the previous Undergraduate Bulletin year appropriate to their date of matriculation as well as their DARS Degree Audits for their own graduation requirements. Previous Undergraduate Bulletins are available online at: