Classical Languages & Literature

2022 Best Classical Languages & Literature Schools

148 Colleges in the United States
1,446 Classical Languages Degrees Awarded
When it comes to popularity, classical languages and literature sits in the middle of the road, ranking #204 out of 368 majors in the country. So, you may have to do some digging around to find quality schools that offer the degree program. This list can help with that.

In 2022, College Factual analyzed 148 schools in order to identify the top ones for its Best Classical Languages & Literature Schools ranking. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 1,446 degrees in classical languages and literature during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Classical Languages & Literature School

Best Classical Languages & Literature Schools The classical languages program you select can have a big impact on your future. That's why we developed our collection of Best Schools for Classical Languages & Literature rankings. For our Best Overall Classical Languages & Literature School rankings, we roll up the results of our degree-level rankings, weighted by the number of degrees awarded at that level.

You may want to choose one of the degree levels below to find the schools of most interest to you.

Pick Your Classical Languages & Literature Degree Level

When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Classical Languages & Literature Schools list to help you make the college decision. More interested in schools in a specific area of the country? Filter this list by region or state.

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Best Schools for Classical Languages & Literature in the United States

If you aren't interested in a particular degree level and want to know which schools are the overall best at delivering an education for the classical languages degrees they offer, see the list below. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

22 Top Schools in Classical Languages

Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In VA

Washington and Lee University is one of the finest schools in the country for getting a degree in classical languages and literature. Located in the distant town of Lexington, Washington and Lee is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 73 schools for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There were about 4 classical languages and literature students who graduated with this degree at Washington and Lee in the most recent year we have data available.

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#2

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In IN

It's difficult to beat University of Notre Dame if you want to pursue a degree in classical languages and literature. Located in the suburb of Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #15 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Notre Dame is a great university overall.

There were roughly 19 classical languages and literature students who graduated with this degree at Notre Dame in the most recent year we have data available.

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#3

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
Graduate Certificate Highest Degree Type
7th Most Popular In IL

Northwestern University is a wonderful option for students interested in a degree in classical languages and literature. Northwestern is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the small city of Evanston. A Best Schools rank of #14 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Northwestern is a great university overall.

There were roughly 7 classical languages and literature students who graduated with this degree at Northwestern in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In NY
32 Classical Languages Degrees Awarded

Columbia University in the City of New York is a wonderful choice for students interested in a degree in classical languages and literature. Located in the city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #22 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Columbia is a great university overall.

There were about 32 classical languages and literature students who graduated with this degree at Columbia in the most recent data year.

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#5

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In PA

Located in the distant town of Lewisburg, Bucknell is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. This university ranks 5th out of 134 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There were roughly 10 classical languages and literature students who graduated with this degree at Bucknell in the most recent data year.

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#6

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In DC

Located in the city of Washington, Georgetown is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #18 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Georgetown is a great university overall.

There were approximately 12 classical languages and literature students who graduated with this degree at Georgetown in the most recent data year.

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#7

Duke University

Durham, NC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In NC

Located in the city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #9 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Duke is a great university overall.

There were approximately 5 classical languages and literature students who graduated with this degree at Duke in the most recent data year.

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#8

Trinity College

Hartford, CT
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In CT

Trinity Bantams is a small private not-for-profit college located in the city of Hartford. This college ranks 2nd out of 32 schools for overall quality in the state of Connecticut.

There were roughly 5 classical languages and literature students who graduated with this degree at Trinity Bantams in the most recent year we have data available.

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#9

Brown University

Providence, RI
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In RI

Located in the midsize city of Providence, Brown is a private not-for-profit university with a medium-sized student population. A Best Schools rank of #24 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Brown is a great university overall.

There were roughly 20 classical languages and literature students who graduated with this degree at Brown in the most recent year we have data available.

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#10

Villanova University

Villanova, PA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
6th Most Popular In PA

Located in the large suburb of Villanova, Villanova is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 8th out of 134 schools for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There were roughly 7 classical languages and literature students who graduated with this degree at Villanova in the most recent year we have data available.

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#11

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In MA

Holy Cross is a small private not-for-profit college located in the midsize city of Worcester. A Best Schools rank of #32 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Holy Cross is a great college overall.

There were approximately 15 classical languages and literature students who graduated with this degree at Holy Cross in the most recent data year.

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#12

Hamilton College

Clinton, NY
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
7th Most Popular In NY

Hamilton is a small private not-for-profit college located in the medium-sized suburb of Clinton. This college ranks 5th out of 160 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were roughly 6 classical languages and literature students who graduated with this degree at Hamilton in the most recent year we have data available.

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#13

Amherst College

Amherst, MA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
9th Most Popular In MA

Amherst is a small private not-for-profit college located in the suburb of Amherst. A Best Schools rank of #29 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Amherst is a great college overall.

There were roughly 1 classical languages and literature students who graduated with this degree at Amherst in the most recent year we have data available.

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#14

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In IL

Located in the large city of Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #7 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UChicago is a great university overall.

There were about 12 classical languages and literature students who graduated with this degree at UChicago in the most recent data year.

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#15

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
9th Most Popular In MA

Boston College is a fairly large private not-for-profit college located in the city of Chestnut Hill. This college ranks 8th out of 72 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were approximately 7 classical languages and literature students who graduated with this degree at Boston College in the most recent data year.

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#16

Tufts University

Medford, MA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In MA

Tufts is a large private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Medford. This university ranks 6th out of 72 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were roughly 11 classical languages and literature students who graduated with this degree at Tufts in the most recent data year.

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#17

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In VA

University of Virginia is a fairly large public university located in the suburb of Charlottesville. This university ranks 1st out of 73 colleges for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There were approximately 20 classical languages and literature students who graduated with this degree at University of Virginia in the most recent data year.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
7th Most Popular In CA

USC is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Los Angeles. A Best Schools rank of #33 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means USC is a great university overall.

There were approximately 7 classical languages and literature students who graduated with this degree at USC in the most recent data year.

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#19

William & Mary

Williamsburg, VA
Graduate Certificate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In VA

Located in the suburb of Williamsburg, William & Mary is a public school with a medium-sized student population. This school ranks 4th out of 73 colleges for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There were about 20 classical languages and literature students who graduated with this degree at William & Mary in the most recent year we have data available.

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#20

Williams College

Williamstown, MA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
6th Most Popular In MA

Located in the town of Williamstown, Williams is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. A Best Schools rank of #23 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Williams is a great college overall.

There were approximately 3 classical languages and literature students who graduated with this degree at Williams in the most recent year we have data available.

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#21

Brandeis University

Waltham, MA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In MA

Located in the small city of Waltham, Brandeis is a private not-for-profit university with a medium-sized student population. This university ranks 15th out of 72 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were approximately 8 classical languages and literature students who graduated with this degree at Brandeis in the most recent year we have data available.

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#22

Connecticut College

New London, CT
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In CT

Located in the small city of New London, Conn College is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 4th out of 32 schools for overall quality in the state of Connecticut.

There were roughly 6 classical languages and literature students who graduated with this degree at Conn College in the most recent data year.

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Rest of the Top Best Classical Languages & Literature Schools

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Classical Languages & Literature students that almost earned our Best Classical Languages & Literature Schools award.

Rank College Location
25 Cornell University Ithaca, NY
26 Colgate University Hamilton, NY
27 Colby College Waterville, ME
28 Providence College Providence, RI
29 New York University New York, NY
23 Gustavus Adolphus College Saint Peter, MN
24 Middlebury College Middlebury, VT
25 Cornell University Ithaca, NY

Classical Languages & Literature by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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Classical Languages & Literature is one of 17 different types of Foreign Languages & Linguistics programs to choose from.

Classical Languages Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
General Classics & Classical Languages, Literatures, & Linguistics 1,279
Latin Language & Literature 76
Ancient/Classical Greek Language & Literature 50
Classics & Classical Languages, Literatures, & Linguistics, Other 41

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Majors Similar to Classical Languages

Related Major Annual Graduates
Romance Languages 15,905
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 8,685
American Sign Language 2,737
East Asian Languages 2,219
Germanic Languages 1,415
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 619
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 591
Foreign Language, Literature & Linguistics (Other) 504
Second Language Learning 63
Native American Languages 43

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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