Resources & Opportunities
Students have a lot of opportunities.
Students accompany faculty on frequent short-term trips to Mediterranean countries; work directly with ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian artifacts in the College’s Shields Collection of Art and Antiquities; take courses in the College’s Archaeology Research Lab, which houses an important collection of Native American artifacts from western Illinois; attend the Cena Classica, an annual banquet of classical foods; participate in Classics Day, a biennial event that draws hundreds of visitors to campus; use the department’s growing collection of historic reproductions to practice ancient sports, warfare, and produce of food and clothing.
Awards and honors
Each year, the Classics Department presents prizes and awards for outstanding achievement in Classics, Latin, Greek and archaeology: Virginia K. Hellenga Prize for Excellence in Latin, Vicki Wine Prize for Excellence in Greek and the following:
Harold J. Ralston Classics Writing Prize
This annual writing contest for works written in English on classical themes is open to students enrolled full or part time during the academic year. Prize money of up to $350 will be divided between however many submissions are determined to be particularly excellent. Students’ entries may be in the form of an essay, short story, play, poem or any form of original writing.
Bernice L. Fox Classics Writing Contest
The contest is open to any student enrolled full-time in high school, anywhere in the world, during the current school year. An award of $250 will be given to the author of the best entry. The writing can be a short story, essay, play, poem, or original literary work. The topic changes each year.
Eta Sigma Phi
Classics students hold leadership positions at the national level and receive awards from organizations such as the Classical Association.
Students who major in classics, Greek or Latin develop skills in research, problem-solving and communication that are applicable to many fields. Career paths for classics graduates include: museum curating, historical preservation, archival work, Latin teacher, library science, law, government, literary editing and publishing. or higher education.
The Capron Room, a Wallace Hall classroom dedicated to Classics, includes cases of classical art and a special collection of books.
The Hewes Library possesses a well-rounded collection of classical texts and a rare plaster cast of the Canopus (Tanis) Stone, a decree from Ptolemaic Egypt written in hieroglyphics, Greek and demotic.