Classical LanguagesCollege of Arts and Sciences

What you will learn

The Classical Languages Major is devoted to the study of Ancient Greek and Latin and to the literature written in these languages.

  • No previous experience in either Greek or Latin is required or expected
  • Students new to the languages are brought quickly to competency through our introductory sequences
  • Students with high-school Latin or Greek may enter the program at the intermediate or advanced level
  • All of our classes are small and taught by experienced faculty, offering even the first year student the opportunity to develop a working relationship with a senior professor
  • Students receive a level of personal attention which is rare at a major research university

Career Opportunities

With a degree in Classics and Religious Studies careers are possible in:

  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Government
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Ministry
  • Advanced Study in Classics or Religious Studies

The NEBRASKA difference

We are the only Classics and Religious Studies Department in the state of Nebraska.

  • We are the only department offering Greek, Hebrew, Latin, Coptic, Egyptian, and Sanskrit in a 400-mile radius
  • The only masters program in classics in the state of Nebraska

We have several scholars and alumni of international reputation, including John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation "Genius Award" winner Dirk Obbink.

There are also opportunities and scholarship funding available to students for study abroad.


The collection of classics books and periodicals is one of the strongest collections in the university libraries.

In addition, the department has access to all the currently available machine readable texts of Greek and Latin.

With these tools, faculty and students-both undergraduate and graduate-can quickly and effectively do research on Greek and Latin grammar or vocabulary and Greek and Roman intellectual and religious history. These include the TLG, PHI, and CETADOC.

Religious studies courses are also available for credit for UNL students at Nebraska Wesleyan University, through a cooperative agreement. Students should consult the religious studies advisor for further details.