Beyond the extensive coursework, students are exposed to several opportunities such as field trips, honor society, and faculty interactions that enrich their liberal arts education at Trinity. Throughout the academic year, the department sponsors and hosts play readings, colloquia, visiting lecturers, movies, and more.
The classical studies department is proud to be a member of Eta Sigma Phi, the national honorary collegiate society for students of Latin and Greek. Each May, students in the department who have met the strict eligibility requirements undergo a fearsome trial of initiation, including a scripted descent into the underworld. (We're not kidding.) We then toast our new initiates with soda, pizza, and other ritual foodstuffs. Officers of Eta Sigma Phi also help host various play-readings and departmental activities throughout the year.
Each year, the classical studies department honors the achievements of some of its outstanding students during Trinity University's Honor Awards ceremony. The department gives an award to the outstanding senior in ancient Mediterranean studies, the outstanding senior in the study of ancient Greek, and the outstanding senior in the study of Latin.
Numerous activities and events include invited lecturers, play-readings, film-screenings, and the department's traditional "Daily Off," in which students from Daily Life in Ancient Greece and Daily Life in Ancient Rome compete in a contest to see which class was more, um, daily-er.
Past events have also included field trips to Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses in Austin and the production of a short film adaptation of Thornton Wilder's Ides of March. The department also hosts the speakers for the Southwest Texas Archaeological Society as well as visiting lecturers throughout the year.
Students writing an honors thesis work with professors one-on-one throughout the year. Graduates have considered this opportunity to be among the most valuable experiences of their undergraduate careers.
Several organizations offer various grants, fellowships, scholarships, or awards to undergraduate and graduate students in ancient Mediterranean studies, as well as opportunities to participate in digs and study abroad. These organizations include: