Yet another article on the value of the study of Classics in preparing students to pursue professional degrees after the undergraduate years. (H/t to the Society for Classical Studies.)
The author of the article made mention of classical mythology courses, but as everyone who works in this field knows, it is the focus on philology that cultivates attention to linguistic detail in the close reading of Latin and Greek texts that prepares students to excel in analytical reading and writing.
Another major that does well in this area is Philosophy. So we are fortunate to have at Ave Maria University frequent opportunities to study Latin, Greek, and philosophy in courses cross-listed as Classics and Philosophy. Recent offerings have included: De Finibus (Cicero’s Latin compilation of Epicurean and Stoic ethics) (syllabus), De Rerum Natura (Lucretius’ Latin epic poem of Epicurean physics) (syllabus), De Anima (Aristotle’s Greek treatise on the nature of the soul), and the Nicomachean Ethics (Aristotle’s Greek treatise on ethics). Our most recent addition to such courses is Metaphysics in Latin (course description and syllabus), which students with four semesters of Latin may take to fulfill one of the core curriculum requirements in Philosophy.