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The Department of Classics at UCSB includes 11 full-time faculty members whose interests range across the Greek and Roman worlds. We teach a wide variety of undergraduate and/or graduate courses in Greek and Roman culture, society, history and archaeology, as well as a broad curriculum of Greek and Latin language and literature.

We offer three distinct "emphases" in our undergraduate major that suit a variety of students' needs: one focuses on Greek and Latin literature, another is less language-based and offers a broader exploration of Greek and Roman culture, and a third is designed specially for those interested in archaeology


Myths are stories of special importance to a community, which hold that community together by expressing shared values and ideals. In Fall 2015, students in Classics 40, Greek Mythology, were invited to adapt a Greek myth to articulate what Isla Vista means to them. In these videos, three students describe their projects and explain how it captures something truly meaningful about Isla Vista.

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