Department of Classics


The Classics curriculum at Amherst College offers a wide range of courses on the languages, history, archaeology, literature, social practices, and religious beliefs of ancient Greece and Italy. The major program is designed to give a comprehensive exposure to the languages and literatures of ancient Greece and Rome as well as to provide a broad perspective of life in the ancient Mediterranean.

Contact Information


Department of History
AC# 2254
Amherst College
Amherst, MA 01002-5000

Tracie L. Rubeck, Ph.D.
Academic Department Coordinator
Chapin 11
(413) 542-2229 (phone)
(413) 542-2727 (fax)

About the Major

Goals for the History Major

Students who complete the major in History will be able to

•  Think critically about the relationship between historical evidence and arguments.

•  Challenge and revise existing narratives of the past, both to comprehend the events they describe and to shed light on society’s evolving needs and concerns.

•  Question their own ideas and assumptions, and reflect on the often hidden relationships between ideas and social institutions, and between individuals and their cultures.