Classical Studies offers Occidental students the opportunity to study the languages, literature, art, philosophy, history, and cultures of Greece and Rome in a multicultural context. Taken together, the courses address the impact of ancient cultures on later civilizations and draw parallels with non-Western cultures.

Those who wish to major in a Classical language, either Greek or Latin, or who wish to make one of these languages the basis of a double major, can do so through Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture.