Read how these graduates of Valpo’s classics program answer the question “What kind of classic are you?”

Valpo graduates have completed Ph.D. programs in classics or related fields at such institutions as University of Chicago, Duke University, University of North Carolina, University of Toronto, and University of Wisconsin. Some of these Ph.D.s now hold teaching positions in such schools as Texas A&M, Western Maryland College, Ohio State University, University of Toronto, and Texas Technical University. Other, more recent graduates are completing their graduate studies at the University of Chicago, either in classics or the Committee on Social Thought, and the University of Minnesota. In addition to all this, Valpo graduates from the classics have gone on to study for the ministry at Lutheran seminaries.


clprofile_kern-2Alison (Heitland) Kern earned her B.A. in classics and English at Valparaiso University in 2004. She is currently president and lead eriter of Firelight Freelancing in Albion, Neb., and was formerly development coordinator for International Child Care USA, in Columbus, Ohio.

“When I first came to Valpo in the fall of 2000, I had no intentions of being a classics major. I had taken Latin in high school, but I was already set on getting an English degree, and the job prospects seemed slim enough as it was … at least to my parents! But after my first semester of Latin — translating Cicero with the inimitable Professor Helms — I was having too much fun to stop there …” Read more


Jeffrey Biebighauser earned his B.A. in classics and humanities at Valparaiso University in 2005. He earned his M.A. with honors in philosophical theology at the University of Nottingham, U.K. and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Nottingham.

“A message to current or prospective Valpo classics students: Studying the classics is addictive …” Read more


Peter Brock earned his B.A. in classics and theology at Valparaiso University in 2006. He is currently an M.Div. candidate at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He also serves as Vicar at West Portal Lutheran Church and School in San Francisco, California.

“An interest in the Office of the Holy Ministry led me to a classics program at Valparaiso University, and my passion for classical texts, discovered and inculcated at Valpo, has led me many places since …” Read more


Anna Hardaloupas earned her B.A. in classics at Valparaiso University in 2006. Formerly an instructor at the Bristol Language Institute in Covilha, Portugal, she is currently working in Chicago in the Ancient Coin Department at Harlan J. Berk.

“Being a student in the classics department was truly one of the great experiences that I had at Valparaiso University. I had a natural interest in the classics due to the fact that I am Greek, and it was certainly wonderful learning about my own cultural history …” Read more


Christopher Jackson earned his B.A. in classical languages and philosophy at Valparaiso University in 2001. He earned a M.Div. at Concordia Seminary in Saint Louis, Missouri in 2006. He current serves as associate pastor at Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Lexington, Kentucky.

“I owe the classics department at Valpo great thanks for the tools they gave me, excellent preparation for studying the Scriptures during my seminary education and my service in the Office of the Holy Ministry …” Read more

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