Classics at UB

Classics students during a UB Winter Intersession in Italy.

Classics students visit the Ostia Antica Theater in Italy

Welcome to the only Department of Classics in the entire SUNY system! We offer comprehensive programs of study at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. Our students learn from nationally-prominent scholars in a collegial, close-knit environment, and frequently take advantage of both hands-on research and study abroad opportunities. 

Student Testimonials

"I began my classical studies at the University at Buffalo in 2005, pursuing a budding interest—the Romans. Needless to say, this interest flourished, spurred on by the outstanding professors and the fascinating classes they offered. Taking advantage of the many opportunities presented to Classics students, I traveled abroad twice. Nothing beats climbing to the top of Trajan’s Column or buying a one-Euro pizza in Naples. Six years after my first class (Warfare in the Ancient Mediterranean World), I was reluctantly parting ways with what quickly became my home away from home."
– Justin Prinzbach, BA '09

Classics students working on the IMPERO project.

Classics students working on the Impero Project in Italy

Meet Our Faculty

World-Class Research and Resources

Our faculty have particular research strengths in Roman Culture, Archaeology, Greek History and Digital Humanities. Additionally, the department is home to the Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology (IEMA), an interdepartmental institute established under the aegis of the UB2020 initiative that brings together eight faculty members and approx. 35 graduate students in the UB Departments of Classics, Anthropology and Art whose research focus lies in the archaeology of Europe and the Mediterranean.

The department also maintains an extensive artifacts collection and several research labs, and publishes the cutting-edge journal Arethusa, a contributor to Project Muse with Johns Hopkins University Press.