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Classics, the study of the languages, literature, and culture of Classical Antiquity, enables the student to understand and appreciate those intellectual and artistic works of enduring significance that continue to be a major influence on the modern world.  Although a traditional major in Classics is not currently available, strong and motivated students may construct a self-designed major in 'Classical Studies' by taking the Latin courses available at Manhattanville, adding to these related courses in Classics from other departments, and combining these with a semester of cooperative study at the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Oxford, England.  (Cooperative study abroad programs require special application and approval; interested students should see the Study Abroad Advisor.)  Students interested in a self-designed major in Classical Studies should consult with the head of the Classics department at their earliest possible convenience.  All self-designed majors must be approved by the Board on Academic Standards.