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Why Classics?

Why Study Classics?



Recent Stanford PhD graduate Dan-El Padilla Peralta explores the question "why should you study Classics?" in an essay that riffs on subjects ranging from the contemporary relevance of Greco-Roman culture to Jay-Z and the Wu-Tang Clan




Richard Saller, Dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences describes the unlikely path he took toward the Classics: Students should explore a wide range of courses to develop multiple ways of thinking and to find their personal passion, which may turn up in unexpected places...

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Lloyd Minor, Dean of the School of Medicine  discusses the value of a humanities education for aspiring professionals: We as physicians heal best when we listen to and communicate with our patients and seek to understand the challenges they face in their lives. The perspectives on illness, emotions and the human condition we gain from literature, religion and philosophy provide us with important contexts for fulfilling these roles and responsibilities...

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Mary Beard, Classicist, author, and Cambridge professor, explores the future of Classics in an article in the New York Review of Books: I want to try to get a new go beyond the usual gloomy cliches and to take a fresh look at what we think we mean by "the classics."






Stanford Undergraduate Liam Kinney, tackles the question "why Classics?" in this Buzzfeed style article. Read how Classics can help you score higher on the GRE, get into professional grad programs, network with a vibrant community, and unlock your creative passions: 


12 Reasons to Study Classics in the 21st Century 

Liam (far left) recently completed a semester abroad at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome. Undergraduates in the Stanford Classics Department have the opportunity to design their own study abroad experiences by applying for travel and research grants:

Study Abroad Through Classics