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Welcome to the Classics Department

Classroom TeacherWELCOME to the Classics Department at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Offerings in the Department of Classics explore all aspects of the languages and cultures of ancient Greece and Rome, the context of their interaction with the rest of the Mediterranean world, and their subsequent influence on our own day. The study of the classics, therefore, reveals important aspects of ancient cultures, raising new and fresh questions and insights both about antiquity and about the world in which we live. The department's faculty is also committed to understanding, both historically and theoretically, issues of gender, class, and race.

About the Classics Program

Students and Teacher Courses in the Department of Classics invite students to discover the literatures and cultures of ancient Greece and Rome. Courses in Greek and Latin focus on important texts in the original languages; these courses aim to develop a facility in reading Greek and Latin and to sharpen skills in literary criticism. Courses in classical civilization use materials exclusively in English translation and require no prerequisites; they offer students from the entire Colleges' community an opportunity to study classical literature and institutions in conjunction with a major, minor, or interdisciplinary work in the humanities.

Where We Are Located

Merritt Hall

The HWS Classics Department is located in Smith Hall.

For more Information, Please Contact:

The Classics Department
Hobart & William Smith Colleges
Smith Hall 100
Geneva, NY 14456
phone (315) 781-3793
fax (315) 781-3822

Smith Hall


For more information, contact

Leah Himmelhoch, Associate Professor of Classics, ext. 3907, 311 Smith Hall


Administrative Assistant:
Dorothy Vogt
315-781-3793
Smith Hall 212
(8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.)

FAX: 781-3822