The Classics Department is a true community of scholars, a place where students and faculty come together to grow intellectually. The faculty is devoted to nurturing students in a supportive and often fun, yet academically rigorous, atmosphere. Professors regularly hold classes in their offices, offer independent studies to fit the needs of the students, and open their homes to them for departmental activities. You will often find Classics students studying and hanging out in the Classics Lounge. If you are interested in joining this community, come talk to one of the faculty. Or better yet, talk to the students to get their take.
Each December, Dr. Walsh hosts the department Holiday Party at his house. The quality of the food is matched only by the Classics-themed faculty and student video clips.
In the Spring, students are invited to an end of the year party (usually at Dr. Taylor's house). Faculty and students bring selections of their favorite Greek or Latin texts (in translation) to share. These have, in recent years, ranged from the touchingly beautiful to the bawdy. Classics covers a wide range of literary genres, after all!
But the Classics Lounge is where the daily activities take place. Students have space to study, a microwave to warm their lunches, a small library to use, and even a bust of the Greek poet Sappho to leave offerings to before exams.