Classic civilizations department students studying classic Latin script.

Classical Civilizations

The Department of Classical Civilizations is one of the oldest academic departments at Gonzaga University and explores the human experience in antiquity and how the achievements of the distant past have shaped the modern world.

Combining the study of ancient languages (Latin, Greek) and contemporary societies, the program provides a strong understanding of – and appreciation for – the classical world’s rich influence on the cultures and heritage of Western civilization. Courses study the history, material culture, mores and values of ancient civilizations, while classroom discussions challenge you to apply this knowledge to issues relevant today.

By examining the languages and ethnically diverse societies of the past, the program expands your global perspective, preparing you for careers in a world that is increasingly multicultural and interdependent. Our graduates are well-positioned for professions in fields such as politics, ethics, business, law, sciences and education.

49th Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of the Pacific Northwest (CAPN)

Decorative image, classic emblem with Latin script.

The 49th Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of the Pacific Northwest (CAPN) will take place at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA, on April 5-6, 2019. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Donna Zuckerberg, editor of Eidolon and author of Not All Dead White Men: Classics and Misogyny in the Digital Age, who will be speaking on the contemporary use of Classics by the alt-right. This lecture will be open to the general public as well.

Learn more here.


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Spokane, WA 99258
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