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2022 Best Classical Languages & Literature Bachelor's Degree Schools

143 Colleges in the United States
1,168 Bachelor's Degrees
When it comes to popularity, a bachelor's degree in classical languages and literature sits in the middle of the road, ranking #157 out of 338 majors in the country. So, it might take a little more work to find colleges and universities that offer the degree program.

College Factual reviewed 143 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for bachelor's degree seekers in the field of classical languages and literature. Combined, these schools handed out 1,168 bachelor's degrees in classical languages and literature to qualified students.

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Choosing a Great Classical Languages & Literature School for Your Bachelor's Degree

Best Classical Languages & Literature Bachelor's Degree Schools The classical languages bachelor's degree program you select can have a big impact on your future. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. To make it into this list, a school must excel in the following areas.

A Great Overall School

The overall quality of a bachelor's degree school is important to ensure a quality education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To take this into account we consider a college's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a host of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking while the lowest ranked school on the list is still in the top 12%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 73 to 1 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Early-Career Earnings

One measure we use to determine the quality of a school is to look at the average salary of bachelor's graduates during the early years of their career. That is, everyone wants their bachelor's degree to be worth something, and salaries are one measure of determining that.

Other Factors We Consider

The metrics below are just some of the other metrics that we use to determine our rankings.

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on classical languages and literature students vs. other majors.
  • Major Demand - How many other classical languages and literature students want to attend this school to pursue a bachelor's degree.
  • Educational Resources - How many resources are allocated to students. These resources may include educational expenditures per student, number of students per instructor, and graduation rate among other things.
  • Student Debt - How much debt classical languages and literature students go into to obtain their bachelor's degree and how well they are able to pay back that debt.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized classical languages and literature related body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for classical languages and literature students working on their bachelor's degree.

One Size Does Not Fit All

Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Classical Languages & Literature Bachelor's Degree Schools list, to help you choose the best school for you.

In addition to our rankings, you can take two colleges and compare them based on the criteria that matters most to you in our unique tool, College Combat. Test it out when you get a chance! You may also want to bookmark the link and share it with others who are trying to make the college decision.

Best Schools for Bachelor’s Students to Study Classical Languages & Literature in the United States

Explore the top ranked colleges and universities for classical languages and literature students seeking a a bachelor's degree. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

21 Top Schools for a Bachelor's in Classical Languages

#1

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
16 Annual Graduates

University of Notre Dame is a great decision for students pursuing a bachelor's degree in classical languages and literature. Notre Dame is a large private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Notre Dame. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #14 out of 1,683 colleges nationwide means Notre Dame is a great university overall.

There were approximately 16 classical languages and literature individuals who graduated with this degree at Notre Dame in the most recent data year.

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4 Annual Graduates

It is hard to beat Washington and Lee University if you want to pursue a bachelor's degree in classical languages and literature. Washington and Lee is a small private not-for-profit university located in the town of Lexington. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #25 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means Washington and Lee is a great university overall.

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

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#3

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
6 Annual Graduates

Northwestern University is one of the best schools in the country for getting a bachelor's degree in classical languages and literature. Located in the city of Evanston, Northwestern is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #16 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means Northwestern is a great university overall.

Northwestern University is one of the most popular universities to study classical languages in the United States with roughly 6 graduates in the most recent year we have data available.

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13 Annual Graduates

It's hard to beat Columbia University in the City of New York if you wish to pursue a bachelor's degree in classical languages and literature. Columbia is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of New York. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #23 out of 1,683 colleges nationwide means Columbia is a great university overall.

There were approximately 13 classical languages and literature students who graduated with this degree at Columbia in the most recent year we have data available.

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#5

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA
10 Annual Graduates

Bucknell is a small private not-for-profit university located in the town of Lewisburg. This university ranks 6th out of 100 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

Bucknell University is a fairly popular university to study classical languages in the United States with approximately 10 graduations in the most recent data year.

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#6

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
12 Annual Graduates

Georgetown is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Washington. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #17 out of 1,683 colleges nationwide means Georgetown is a great university overall.

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

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#7

Brown University

Providence, RI
16 Annual Graduates

Brown is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the midsize city of Providence. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #19 out of 1,683 colleges nationwide means Brown is a great university overall.

There were approximately 16 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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#8

Trinity College

Hartford, CT
5 Annual Graduates

Located in the midsize city of Hartford, Trinity Bantams is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 2nd out of 20 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Connecticut.

There were about 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

Duke University

Durham, NC
3 Annual Graduates

Duke is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Durham. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #7 out of 1,683 colleges nationwide means Duke is a great university overall.

A preferred choice for classical languages and literature students, there were about 3 learners who graduated from this program at Duke in the most recent year we have data available.

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#10

Villanova University

Villanova, PA
5 Annual Graduates

Villanova is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Villanova. This university ranks 8th out of 100 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

Villanova University is one of the most popular universities to study classical languages in the United States with about 5 graduates in the most recent year we have data available.

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#11

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA
15 Annual Graduates

Located in the midsize city of Worcester, Holy Cross is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 6th out of 56 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were about 15 classical languages and literature individuals who graduated with this degree at Holy Cross in the most recent year we have data available.

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#12

Hamilton College

Clinton, NY
6 Annual Graduates

Located in the medium-sized suburb of Clinton, Hamilton is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 5th out of 124 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of New York.

A preferred major for classical languages and literature students, there were about 6 learners who graduated from this program at Hamilton in the most recent year we have data available.

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#13

Amherst College

Amherst, MA
1 Annual Graduates

Located in the suburb of Amherst, Amherst is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #28 out of 1,683 colleges nationwide means Amherst is a great college overall.

Amherst College is a fairly popular college to study classical languages in the United States with about 1 graduations in the most recent year we have data available.

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#14

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA
15 Annual Graduates

Located in the suburb of Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 48 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Virginia.

There were roughly 15 classical languages and literature students who graduated with this degree at University of Virginia in the most recent year we have data available.

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#15

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
5 Annual Graduates

Located in the small city of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population. This college ranks 5th out of 56 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Massachusetts.

Boston College is one of the most popular colleges to study classical languages in the United States with about 5 graduates in the most recent year we have data available.

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#16

Tufts University

Medford, MA
11 Annual Graduates

Located in the suburb of Medford, Tufts is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 8th out of 56 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Massachusetts.

Tufts University is a fairly popular university to study classical languages in the United States with roughly 11 graduates in the most recent year we have data available.

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#17

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
8 Annual Graduates

UChicago is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Chicago. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #10 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means UChicago is a great university overall.

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

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5 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #30 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means USC is a great university overall.

University of Southern California is a fairly popular university to study classical languages in the United States with roughly 5 graduations in the most recent data year.

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#19

William & Mary

Williamsburg, VA
15 Annual Graduates

William & Mary is a medium-sized public school located in the small suburb of Williamsburg. This school ranks 4th out of 48 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Virginia.

There were about 15 classical languages and literature students who graduated with this degree at William & Mary in the most recent data year.

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#20

Williams College

Williamstown, MA
3 Annual Graduates

Williams is a small private not-for-profit college located in the fringe town of Williamstown. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #22 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means Williams is a great college overall.

Williams College is a fairly popular college to study classical languages in the United States with roughly 3 graduates in the most recent data year.

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#21

Connecticut College

New London, CT
6 Annual Graduates

Conn College is a small private not-for-profit college located in the city of New London. This college ranks 4th out of 20 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Connecticut.

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

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Rest of the Top Best Classical Languages & Literature Bachelor's Degree Schools

Honorable Mentions

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

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

Classical Languages & Literature by Region

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

Classical Languages Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
General Classics & Classical Languages, Literatures, & Linguistics 1,030
Latin Language & Literature 66
Ancient/Classical Greek Language & Literature 45
Classics & Classical Languages, Literatures, & Linguistics, Other 27

Related Major Annual Graduates
Romance Languages 12,437
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 5,744
East Asian Languages 1,616
Germanic Languages 1,163
American Sign Language 528
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 499
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 354
Foreign Language, Literature & Linguistics (Other) 249
Native American Languages 4
Southeast Asian & Pacific Languages 4

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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