The field of Classics and Mediterranean Studies encompasses the cultures of Ancient and Modern Greece, Rome, and the Arab world - their languages, literatures, histories, philosophies, religions, arts, and archaeology. Studies in this field are inherently interdisciplinary and can touch upon many subjects, ranging from mythology to drama and philosophy, from sciences to gender studies, from political theory to sociology and anthropology - a complete liberal arts education in a single department.

The Department of Classics and Mediterranean Studies encompasses the languages, literatures, histories, philosophies, religions and arts of Ancient Greece, Rome, and the Middle East. It also includes courses focusing on two modern languages and their cultures that are associated with the Mediterranean basin: Modern Greek and Arabic.