The language and literature of Greece and Rome had a profound impact on Western culture. Some of our earliest examples of drama, history, philosophy and epic poetry are written in Greek and Latin. For more than 2000 years Latin was the language of science, medicine, diplomacy and law.

These two classical languages remain important for the study, not only of the Greco-Roman world, but also of the languages, ideas and literatures of societies that grew out of the classical world.

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Why Choose

Studying Classical Languages provides you with a basis to further your reading and writing skills in two of the oldest languages in the world, Classical Greek and Latin. It is immensely valuable for appreciating the culture and sophistication of Greco-Roman antiquity.

The study of Classical Languages provides ideal training for any job that requires an understanding of how languages work and an ability to write clearly and elegantly. You will find graduates working in publishing, education, the public service, and media organisations.

The Classical Languages major is ideal if you are studying a dual program, as it enhances studies in law, science, linguistics and modern languages.



An Honours program in Classical Languages introduces you to advanced research techniques, methodologies, writing and communication skills required for professional research.

Research Opportunities

Summer Research program

Undergraduate and postgraduate students can apply to take part in research projects over the summer vacation period to gain experience working alongside leading UQ researchers.

Research Higher Degree projects

Research Higher Degree students within the School are engaged in a diverse range of research projects.