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Students studying the classics at Carthage have the opportunity to work as archaeologists at ongoing excavations in Israel and Rome, and spend at least one term studying abroad in Greece, Italy, Turkey, Israel, or another “classical” area.

Excavations Overseas

Carthage students interested in archaeology can get field experience at excavations in Israel and Rome. Every summer, Prof. Dan Schowalter leads a team of Carthage students to Omrit in northern Israel. Students spend five weeks excavating the site of an ancient Roman temple, and have the opportunity to pursue their own research on artifacts discovered on site. Prof. Schowalter is co-director of the excavation, which is co-sponsored by Carthage. The experience is considered a J-Term course and students earn four credits.

Prof. Christine Renaud has taken students to the Villa delle Vignacce excavations in the Park of the Aqueducts outside of Rome. Carthage has been involved in this excavation since 2005. The Villa delle Vignacce is a second-century CE Roman luxury villa with an enormous bath complex.

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Study Abroad and J-Term

Students majoring in classical studies at Carthage must spend some time studying abroad in Greece, Italy, Turkey, Israel, or some other “classical” area. Students must earn at least four credits during this overseas experience. Carthage offers several ways for students to fulfill this requirement.

Students may participate in a J-Term study tour to Greece, Italy, Turkey, or Israel. Semester and yearlong study abroad options are available in Rome, Athens, Jerusalem, and other cities around the world. The American Institute of Roman Culture offers semester-long programs in classics, archaeology, architecture and Italian culture in the heart of Rome. The program is open to qualified upper-division undergraduates. College Year in Athens is another study abroad program. It focuses on the history and civilization of Greece and the East Mediterranean region.


You can conduct research at various locales around the Mediterranean during both winter and summer J-Term, as well as on campus through the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience program. In addition, Carthage is a member of Sunoikisis, a national consortium of classics departments at small liberal arts colleges hosted by the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington; through it, students can attend classes, attend workshops, and present research.


Because the Classics Department is a member of the Society of Classical Studies and the Classical Association of the Midwest and South, our students are eligible for a variety of scholarships, including those covering fieldwork. The Classics Department also has its own scholarship. The Flora Testa Lalli Memorial Scholarship awards students a modest stipend to offset the costs of a J-Term study tour, studying overseas, or attending field school in Rome or Omrit.


The Carthage Classics Department is a member of the American Philological Association and the Classical Association of the Middle West and South. These memberships allow Carthage students to apply for grants to study overseas, as well as other opportunities.

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