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 of Classics and Mediterranean Studies is part of the School of Literatures, Cultural Studies and Linguistics. The School is comprised of six independent departments and six academic programs creating a collaborative environment for interdisciplinary study.  
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).

Bea HeidermanThe Department of Classics and Mediterranean Studies regrets to announce the passing of Bernice (Bea) Heiderman (History major, Classical Civilizations minor, 2014), who died in early January while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Comoros. Bea will be remembered for her generous spirit, her commitment to helping others, and her love of exploration and adventure. Please click on the link to learn about her memorial fund:
Dr. Allan KershawDr. Allan Kershaw (1947-2017), Clinical Associate Professor of Classics in the Department of Classics and Mediterranean Studies, passed away in September, 2017. He joined the UIC faculty in 1999. Allan was a Classical scholar of rare erudition, having been trained in the British “Old School” of Ancient Greek and Latin. He took his BA and MA degrees in Classics at the University of Leeds. When he emigrated to the United States, he obtained a second MA degree at the University of California in Santa Barbara, and he went on to take his PhD in Classics at the University of Texas at Austin. Allan was a master of both Greek and Latin but published on Latin, a language that he taught with great success at UIC for 18 years. He was devoted to his students and mentored them with great care and compassion. He loved Shakespeare and often recited his poetry during splendid dinner parties at his home where colleagues and students mingled freely. Allan is sorely missed by his department, students, family and friends.

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