The field of classics has as its goal a complete understanding of all facets of ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. As a result, it is not a single discipline, but rather the union of all those disciplines which advance our knowledge of these ancient cultures. In the Randolph-Macon classics degree program, archaeology, art history, anthropology, and history all contribute to classical study. Political science, military science, sociology, economics, religion, and technology all have classical origins and, therefore, are concerns of the classicist.
Many of the concerns, ideals, and thought patterns that have marked western culture received their first expression in Greek and Latin literature. Using all the tools at their disposal, classicists try to appreciate ancient writings both in their original contexts and as parts of our larger cultural heritage.