Julie Chang '12 - Classics
When I first got to college, I was sure I was going to study economics, or maybe history. As I took more classes, I added English to the roster, along with Comparative Literature, Art History, and Slavic Languages and Literatures. I had a rotation of six or seven majors by spring of freshman year, and I had no idea how to narrow down my options! Each department had something different to offer, but I had such diverse academic interests that I couldn't just choose one.
My sophomore fall, I took Professor Champlin's Roman Empire course (which I highly recommend, by the way), and loved the material so much that I started Latin the following spring, and entered the Classical Studies program, in the Department of Classics. I realized that the study of antiquity gave me the opportunity to pursue all my prior passions--I could learn about reliquary ornamentation of the High Middle Ages, or Augustan literature, or the socioeconomic developments of the Late Republic. And in the department, I found an intimate atmosphere and a wealth of resources, not to mention a brilliant and supportive faculty.
Classical Studies really is one of Princeton's overlooked treasures. Because the program is largely self-designed, and only requires either Greek or Latin to the 108-level, you're given an incredible amount of flexibility. My area of focus is Late Antique Culture, and I've been able to take amazing classes in a variety of departments, and have them count towards my major. So if you are fascinated by the ancient world and its legacy, if you have any interest in an interdisciplinary humanities education, or if you boast a "love of unseen things that do not die" (in the words of H.E. Mierow '14), then look no further than the Classics Department!