The Department of Greek and Latin embraces a definition of the "ancient" world that extends back to the kingdoms of the Near East and forward to the Middle Ages.  We study and teach Greek language and literature from Homer to late antiquity, and Latin from its earliest beginnings through the late medieval period.

This program as a whole emphasizes the interdisciplinary study of the ancient, late antique, and medieval worlds from the classical (at the MA level) through the Christian (at the PhD level) eras.

In the doctoral program there is a special focus on the late antique period and on postclassical Greek and Latin, and a requirement that PhD dissertations focus on a late antique or medieval Latin topic.  This is in contrast to the MA programs, whose emphases are classical.