The graduate program at Illinois is a friendly and supportive intellectual community which will give you rigorous training in the languages, literatures, and cultures of ancient Greece and Rome. Our faculty are highly active both as researchers and more generally in the profession, and have a range of specializations with clusters of interest in these areas: gender and sexuality; Greek and Roman drama; Latin poetry of the imperial period; Greek historiography and ethnography; animal studies; reception. All graduate students in residence are supported by means of full tuition waivers and a combination of fellowships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships, and we are proud of a consistently high placement rate in recent years.
The Resources of the campus include a library of eleven million volumes. The Classics Library, located in the Main Library building, houses one of the three finest collections in the country for the study of the Classical world and provides a convenient, self-contained space for pursuing research and interacting with faculty and students. In addition, museums on campus are the home of one of the most important collections of South Italian pottery in North America, a large collection of Greek and Roman coins, and thousands of artifacts from the ancient Near East, Egypt and the Greco-Roman world.
The Community of Champaign-Urbana is an attractive place to live. Easily accessible to Chicago, St. Louis and Indianapolis, Champaign-Urbana has a cost of living at least 15% below the US average. The area in which the university is located is served by an award-winning mass transit service and features neighborhoods that have received national recognition from organizations such as the American Planning Association and the National Arbor Day Foundation. Champaign-Urbana is the host to a number of regular art, music and film festivals, and the cultural life of the community is enriched by the presence on campus of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, one of the finest performing arts centers in the country.
THE DEPARTMENT endorses the following message from our major professional organization, the Society for Classical Studies. This statement was released in response to recent renewed efforts to appropriate the legacies of Ancient Greece and Rome in the service of racist ideologies. Because we recognize that these are difficult issues and the study of the past is by no means a simple task, we invite members of the public and the university community to think of us as a resource. We welcome dialogue concerning the ancient Mediterranean world and stand ready to facilitate inquiry into the classical tradition. https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/public-statement-scs-board-directors