Classics and Mediterranean Studies


 The field of Classics and Mediterranean Studies encompasses the cultures of Ancient and Modern Greece, Rome, and the Arab world - their languages, literatures, histories, philosophies, religions, arts, and archaeology. Studies in this field are inherently interdisciplinary and can touch upon many subjects, ranging from mythology to drama and philosophy, from sciences to gender studies, from political theory to sociology and anthropology - a complete liberal arts education in a single department.

The intellectual treasures of the Classical civilizations are called Classics because of their unmatched beauty and intelligence, their continuing relevance to the present world, and their ongoing influence on modern thinking. Classical cultures explain much of Western thought. By studying Classics we understand the development of Western literature, art and philosophy and come to see the world of today from a wider, richer, deeper, and more independent perspective.

The department encompasses also the broader Mediterranean world, the birth of Hellenism in 18th and 19th century Europe, the spread of Arabic culture to Spain and the birth of modern Arabic and Greek literature.

One of the strengths of the department is the art and the archeology of Ancient Greece, Rome, and Egypt. Another one is its history ranging from antiquity to modern times.

Finally, the department offers language courses: Latin, Arabic and Modern Greek.

The UIC Department of Classics and Mediterranean Studies is located in downtown Chicago next to the Loop, in UIC's east campus. It can be reached easily by car (off Harrison and Halsted Street) and public transport (opposite the UIC Halsted "L" stop).