North Central College - Naperville, IL

Classical Civilization


Students in Classical Civilization learn about virtually all aspects of the study of ancient Greece and Rome (from around 800 BC to 400 AD), including the languages, literature, history, art, philosophy, and religion. Many of our own cultural, academic, and civic institutions have roots in Greece and Rome, such as theater, scientific inquiry, and even democracy. For many generations of Americans, including the Founding Fathers and Lincoln, a background in Classical was considered essential for all leaders, whether in business, law, government, or the clergy. Today, the study of Classical Civilization remains a unique way for students to gain perspective on their own world. It is also widely recognized as a particularly vigorous study and excellent preparation for careers in law. Students who graduate with degrees in Classical Civilization go forth with the confidence that they can handle any mental challenge the world throws at them.

At North Central, the study of Latin is at the heart of our curriculum in Classical Civilization. Latin trains students in logical reasoning, increases their English vocabulary, and comes in handy to anyone interested in learning Spanish, French, Italian, or any of the other languages descended from Latin. In the context of a major or minor in Classical Civilization, Latin gives students the opportunity to read Roman literature in its original language, including works of famous authors such as the statesman Cicero, the poet Virgil, and the emperor Julius Caesar.

Dr. Michael de Brauw, Asst. Professor of Classics, teaches courses in Latin, Classical Mythology, Ancient History and Greek and Roman Culture. For more information click here.


Studying the languages and cultures of ancient Greece and Rome puts us in contact with two fascinating civilizations that have influenced nearly every aspect of our culture.
Studying Latin and Greek opens the door to an unsurpassed body of literature -- prose, poetry, drama, philosophy, and history.
Learning Latin will dramatically increase your English vocabulary making you a better reader, listener, and writer.