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Learning beyond the classroom

The classics faculty at Hollins recognizes that a great deal of learning occurs outside the classroom when students have an opportunity to apply what they have learned and to encounter new dimensions in the study of ancient literature and art. To encourage this process, we have some longstanding programs that either take the classics student outside of Hollins or bring the outside world to her.


Eta Sigma Phi

The national honor society for classics promotes interest in the study of the history, art, and literature of ancient Greece and Rome. At Hollins, Eta Sigma Phi sponsors recreational events.


Archaeological field schools and excavations

Virginia is a perfect training ground for archaeologists. There are several early American and Colonial sites nearby where Hollins students participate in excellent archaeological field schools. This experience puts our students in a competitive position to secure spots on excavations in the Mediterranean.


Museum trips

Courses in ancient art and archaeology take field trips to museums in the South with exceptional collections. The Introduction to Ancient Art class often visits the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond.


Lecture trips

Southwest Virginia is rich in university classics departments. Hollins students often travel with professors to hear specialists on Greece and Rome at other nearby colleges. Hollins reciprocates by inviting other colleges and universities to our annual Classics Symposium.