Loyola University Maryland

Department of Classics


Our culture is profoundly rooted in classical civilization. Our literature, political system, art, language, values and philosophy are all, in a sense, either developments from, improvements upon, or reactions to the legacy of the ancients. The classics department at Loyola is devoted to the study of Greek and Roman civilizations in all their manifestations.

Those who major in classics are required to take a certain number of language courses in Greek and Latin for graduation. Majors and minors in classical civilization divide their work between language classes and civilization classes taught in English. But many of the students in classics courses are not majors or minors; students from throughout the college take our courses. Some of these are minors: we have a large number of students who complete their language requirement in Latin or Greek and take the few other courses required to graduate with a minor in classics while completing a major in another department.

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Over Fall Break, several Classics and Classical Civilization Majors and Minors decorated the Classics lounge with Classical Motifs (with the help of one rogue History major). The artists are pictured here: Josh Ziesel, Caraline Winch, Alex Akers, Natalie Tsottles, Mark Welch, Rebeccah Swerdlow, Kelly Mueller.

Click here to see close-ups and more views of the decoration in the lounge.

We welcome to our ranks, Dr. Dustin Dixon who holds a Visiting Assistant Professorship for the year while Dr. Jacobson is on leave. Dr. Dixon received his Ph.D from Boston University in 2015. An expert on the innovative contribution of Greek Comic playwrights to mythology, Dr. Dixon will teach courses in Greek and Latin, and courses in translation on Mythology and Greek Drama over the course of the year.