The general goals for liberal arts students are:
- To understand the way classical studies reflects and relates to the learning goals of the college as a whole.
- To become acquainted with features of the ancient Mediterranean world.
- To be introduced to critical questions in the humanities.
- To become able to stand outside of contemporary culture and consider it critically from interdisciplinary perspectives.
- To begin developing skills of creative thought and critical analysis that make it possible to use knowledge effectively.
In addition to these goals, we have the following goals for our majors:
- To develop knowledge of the main areas of the classical western culture: history, literature, religion, philosophy, humanistic values, language, and art.
- To situate Greek and Roman culture within the wider Mediterranean world.
- To develop critical independence of judgment of classical texts through the knowledge of a classical language (Greek, Latin).
- To understand and critique the roots of Western culture and its survival in the contemporary world.
- To gain intensive training in the classics, and (for those with special interests and capacities) to prepare for graduate study.
- To develop the skills of creative thought and critical analysis that make it possible to produce original scholarly work in the discipline of classical studies.