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Judith Thorn

Chair of Classics

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Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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There are ample opportunities to enhance your studies in classics through independent research, off-campus study, internships and other activities. These programs are integral to a Knox education, teaching you how to apply your skills in real-world situations.

Student Research and Creative Projects

Many of our majorsand minorspursue research and creative projects. Some even present or perform their work at national and international conferences. Here are a few recent projects:

  • "Latin Language," Elise Heck '08.
  • "Ancient Greek Language," Gwyneth Seymour '06, classics major, independent study/senior research program funded by Ford Fellowship program.
  • "(Un)Real Roman Women," Heather Elomaa '07, Latin and Greek Major, McNair Fellow and Ford Fellow.

Teacher Certification in Latin

The Classics Department welcomes and encourages students planning to become Latin teachers. Knox offers State of Illinois certification in Latin (grades six through twelve). A student intending to pursue Latin teacher certification in Illinois should complete a Latin-focused major and a major in Educational Studies, and must pass the State of Illinois Certification test in the Latin subject area.

Since the specific requirements are complex, it is important that students interested in certification in Latin consult with the Department of Educational Studies early in their college careers about current requirements.

College Honors

Outstanding students may elect to undertake College Honors in their senior year, carrying out an advanced research project presented and defended to a faculty committee that includes a distinguished outside examiner. Recent College Honors awarded in classics include:

  • "Emperors Among Us: Kanye West, Roman Spectacle, and the Appropriation of Classical Imagery," Kayleigh O'Brien '16.
  • "Hoplite Ideology: Poetics, Paideia, Social Structure," Luke Madson '14.
  • "Spectacle and the Respectable in Juvenal's Satires 2 and 6," Heather Elaine Elomaa '07.
  • "Imagined Spaces: Propertius, Vergil, and their Poetic Romes," Sara Jo Legowski '05.
  • Classics and Linguistics: "Hebrews: A Semantic Discourse on the Use of the Greek Root Telei," Scott Robinson '03.

Off-campus Study

Many classics students study abroad on programs where they are able to explore firsthand the physical evidence of Greek and Roman art and architecture. Others study in a program in Florence exploring the works of the Italian Renaissance that drew its inspiration from antiquity.

  • College Year in Athens - This program focuses on the art and archaeology of ancient Greece; courses in Greek, ancient and modern, are also offered as well as courses on Byzantine and modern Greece.
  • The Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies - This program takes place in Rome and is an intensive program on Roman history and archaeology with intermediate and advanced language work and travel in Italy.
  • The ACM Florence Program and The ACM Arts of London and Florence Program - These programs explore the Renaissance, when European culture was invigorated by renewed interest in classical antiquity.


There's no better way to explore the possibilities of life after Knox than internships. Our students find internships with the assistance of the Bastian Family Center for Career Success.

Other Activities

Amici Antiquitatis, the Classics Club, is an active group of classics students. It sponsors an annual reading and dinner in the spring and organizes a variety of special events over the year. Speakers have included Stanley Lombard, translator, who has performed dramatic readings of Homer's Odyssey; William Levitan, who read from his published translation of the letters of Abelard and Heloise; and Joe Goodkin, who performed a half-hour musical version of The Odyssey.

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