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Welcome to the Department of Classics and Letters

Here at the University of Oklahoma, students in our program pursue an interdisciplinary curriculum in history, literature, philosophy, and language. 

Our Classics program focuses on ancient Greece and Rome through their languages, literature, and culture. Students who major in Classics learn about the role Classical tradition played in the development of litertature, arts, culture, and politics since antiquity. 

Students in the Letters program pursue a liberal arts education that is developed from courses in history, literature, philosphy, and language. The flexibility of the Letters curriculum allows students to develop a curriculum customized to their interests. 

Find additional links to the right for our courses, advisors, faculty, and departmental opportunities. Contact us to learn more about one of original programs at the University of Oklahoma!

Meet OUr Students!

Our department welcomes students from a variety of backgrounds and academic interests. Our curriculum is flexible and applicable to a variety of fields. We have pre-law, pre-med, aspiring historians,  future social scientists, and many more excellent students from a variety of fields who choose to major or minor within Classics and Letters!

Austin Coffey, Economics and Letters, BA

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Congratulations to Classics and Letters alumnus, Austin Coffey. He is one of 18 nationwide to be named a 2019-2020 Luce Scholar. The Luce Scholars Program is a nationally competitive fellowship that aims to enhance the understanding of Asia. While abroad, Austin hopes to study and write about Asian democracy. Read more about Austin and the Luce Scholars Program here.

Madeleine Lange, Major in Classics: Latin

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"Latin is so much more than just a language. It's a culture. It's beyond rewarding to have a snapshot of the daily life, values, and beliefs of antiquity that's found in classical works, unimpeded in its original language. Learning Latin has taught me more about my native language, modern attitudes, and etymological frameworks that I wouldn't find in other degrees."

M. Muneeb Ata, Major in Letters

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In the preface of George Orwell's Animal Farm, famed writer Russell Baker refers to Orwell as a "man of letters." Not uncommon in the 19th century, this honorable title lauds Orwell's sophisticated writing and critical thinking in his approach to normative problems of the time. Most intellectuals through Western History have been painted with similar strokes. To be a person of letters is to research, ponder, and reflect upon the issues that our society faces with civility and grace. The University of Oklahoma caters to individuals that find excitement in such work with a degree of Letters. Simply put, Letters is a major that allows us to view the world in differing lenses in order to visualize the full picture. The three subjects that compose the degree are History, Philosophy, and Literature, they allow students the freedom to choose courses that excite them from region, ideology, or period of time. I can say that my college experience has been significantly more fulfilling than many non- Letters majors because my degree has taught me not only to challenge my convictions, but also my perspective. If you are looking for an immersive liberal arts education, look no further than Letters.

Shelby Mann, Major in Letters: Constitutional Studies

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The Classics and Letter department at OU houses unique and vital programs at the University.  As a Letters: Constitutional Studies major I have had the freedom to explore and engage in different humanities, but also specialize in my department’s illustrious classes.  I have been able to develop and grow in many areas, and most importantly I have gained relationships with students and faculty alike.  Classics and Letter’s professors are the best on campus, and are always willing to go the extra mile for their students.  Each person that is a part of the department has shaped my future, and I don’t know where I would be without them.

Chelsea Campbell, Minors in Classical Greek & Classical Studies

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"Besides finding a newfound passion for the humanities, my minors have provided me with an opportunity to expand my horizons and improve upon my English language skills. Classics and Letters and the professors within the department have made a profound impact on my college experience and me, personally."

Dylan Rodolf, Letters with a focus in Constitutional Studies

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"The Letters curriculum has provided me with the opportunity to pursue a wide-range of academic and intellectual interests. From the writings of Aristotle to Abraham Lincoln, I have been able to immerse myself in an array of literature that fosters critical and analytical thinking."

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