Some Current Majors

Sallie Blanks

Graduating Class: Spring 2019
Major: Classics (Latin) and Education
Why Classics: Classics incorporates divers fields such as history, philosophy, art, government, and religion, to name a few. By reading the texts of these ancient authors, I gain perspective on more than just the world of prominent ancient civilizations. Because of my studies in Classics, I can examine the world around me outside of my own frame of reference through alternative methods of thinking. Also, it's fun.

Abigail Bright

Graduating Class: Spring 2020
Major: Classics, Latin Concentration
Why Classics: I am in my eighth year of learning Latin, and I’ve always loved the eloquence of the language. I am also studying to pursue a career in medicine one day, and I believe Classics is the foundation of my education. I firmly believe that loving medicine is to innately care for people and culture. What I’m learning now gets to the heart of the evolution of medicine and of people over centuries.
Best Thing About Classics at UVA: The community of this department has really become a home for me on Grounds, where there are always good conversations and brilliant people.

Kerith Fern

Graduating Class: Spring 2019
Major: Classics, Latin Concentration
Why Classics: I started learning Latin as a young girl, and although at the time I despised the proverbial 'dead' language, I completely fell in love with it the longer I spent with it. Ancient history and culture affects so much of modern-day life in ways many would not even notice, and I was completely fascinated by the myriad of connections. Classical studies are truly interdisciplinary: excellent writing skills, balance and mastery of several languages, anthropological studies, and history. I chose Classics not only because I love it, but it challenges me. I have personal relationships with every single Classics professor and that is truly a unique opportunity in college.

Joseph French

Graduating Class: Spring 2019
Major: English and Classics (Latin)
Why Classics: The important parts of English are built on what ancient Greco-Roman gamechangers were doing with words and ideas, so it's nice to try to understand where they were coming from.
Best Thing About Classics at UVA: I love the way it makes me think about the way I'm thinking.

Isabella Grado

Graduating Class: Spring 2021
Major: Classics, Latin Concentration
Why Classics: I was first exposed to Latin in first grade and immediately fell in love. My immersion into the language fostered my interest in the lives of Ancient Romans and Greeks. I believe that pursuing a degree in Classics will be a great foundation for any of my future endeavors.

Kira Mcbride

Graduating Class: Spring 2019
Major: Latin DMP
Why Classics: The timelessness of the Classics is the essence of my passion for the ancient world. Sentiments expressed by ancient poets remain profound and compelling in our own time. The Classics continue to inspire authors, such as Dante and C.S. Lewis, who dare to add a twist of flair to the original tales. The Classics embody the continuity of the human experience. Homer and Vergil's laments for war and the pity of war are as insightful today as they were several thousand years ago.

Sarah Simmons

Graduating Class: Spring 2019
Major: Classics, Greek Concentration; Philosophy
Why Classics: I grew up loving ancient history and literature, so when I had the chance to pursue it in college, I couldn't resist.