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To Prospective Students

  • Interested in undergraduate study in classics at Columbia? Please check out the Undergraduate section and contact Director of Undergraduate Studies Katharina Volk for more information
  • Interested in graduate study in classics at Columbia? Please check out the Graduate section and contact Director of Graduate Studies Carmela Franklin for more information. For the interdepartmental program in Classical Studies visit
  • Interested in continuing your classics education, increasing your knowledge of Greek and Latin, or preparing for graduate school in related fields? Check out our Postbaccalaureate Program and contact its Director, Elizabeth Scharffenberger, for more information.

If you are interested in Modern Greek courses and Hellenic Studies, click here.

See upcoming events in Classics at Columbia and in the NYC area here.



Barnard-Columbia Ancient Drama Group Presents Eupripides' Ion April 2nd-4th

  • The Barnard-Columbia Ancient Drama Group is pleased to announce that tickets are on sale for our spring production of Euripides' Ion, directed by Rachel Herzog (BC '15) and featuring a cast and crew of Columbia and Barnard graduate and undergraduate students.
  • Ion is one of Euripides' most innovative and rarely performed works, and is a dynamic exploration of family, survival, and what it means to maintain faith in a world where even the gods commit atrocities. The play tells the story of Creusa, an Athenian princess raped and abandoned by the god Apollo, and Ion, a foundling raised as a servant in Apollo’s sanctuary at Delphi. Their meeting unleashes an exciting plot of mistaken identities, long-kept secrets, and, ultimately, reunion and reconciliation. This production will offer the rare opportunity to see Euripides’ masterpiece in the original Greek with English supertitles, complete with all new music and choreography.
    Please note that this production contains non-graphic discussion of sexual assault and its aftermath.
  • Dates: April 2nd-4th.
    Time:  8pm shows Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, as well as a 2pm matinee on Saturday.
    Where:  Minor Latham Playhouse on Barnard's campus
  • Tickets are $10/$5 CUID, and are available through TIC in Lerner Hall and on the Arts Initiative website. This performance is the made possible by the Matthew Alan Kramer Fund.
  • Tickets:
  • More information:
  • A few notes about ticket sales:
    • All tickets are final sale. No exchanges or refunds.
    • Ticketing and promotion provided by the Arts Initiative’s Ticket and Information Center.
    • TIC Hours of Operation : Tues. to Sat., 1 pm to 8 pm. Closed Mon. & Sun. Summer CLOSED
    • Website:
    • There are per ticket fees when ordering online or in person at the TIC.


The Latin Proficiency Exam for Columbia students will be administered on the following dates 12:15-2:15 pm in 617 Hamilton Hall:
- Friday, January 23, 2015
- Friday, March 6, 2015
- Friday, April 24, 2014
If you have any questions, please call the Classics Department at x4-3902. You may use a dictionary. Please bring your own, as one will not be provided for you.


  • Contact Info

  • Department of Classics
    1130 Amsterdam Avenue
    617 Hamilton Hall, MC 2861
    New York, NY 10027

  • Phone: (212) 854-3902
    Fax: (212) 854-7856