Featuring our Majors

Sarah Bogden

‌My name is Sarah Rose Bogden and I am a senior Humanities major at Montclair State University. I transferred to MSU this past semester and feel right at home in the Classics and General Humanities department after a few years away from my pursuing my post-secondary education. Prior to MSU I took time off from school to work and receive my 200 HR yoga certification. I spent the most recent two years traveling and teaching yoga in South Florida. I am grateful to have had the time to explore my own personal values and be a "student of life." The space in-between ultimately led me back to finishing what I started in my home state of New Jersey. My coursework at MSU, major coursework especially, has been both the enrichment and discipline I was craving for my higher education. The Humanities major has allowed me to celebrate my talents as a writer while also encouraging me to continue my studies in graduate degree work.

Deborah Lopez

My name is Deborah Lopez and I am an adult student at MSU. A little over ten years ago, I walked away from school and never thought I’d ever come back. One day something clicked and I knew it was the right thing and the right time. I had been a Biology major with a German minor, but since one simply does not just hop back into organic chemistry, I was thankfully guided to the Humanities.

My initial motivation was simply to get a piece of paper proving I’d gotten a degree, any degree, but I have found a deep appreciation for the field and in turn, my education. The turning point for me was learning that the ancient Greco/Roman scholars did not make a distinction between the sciences and the humanities, but rather studied all fields to better understand their place in the universe. My education Lego blocks fell into place.

In the Spring, with owed thanks to great guidance, insightful professors, and some luck for good measure, I will graduate from MSU with a major in Humanities, a minor in German, AND a minor in Biology. I feel grateful for the depth the Humanities has brought to my studies. I am no longer just getting a piece of paper, it will be a degree, and it will mean something.

Caroline Smith


I'm Caroline Smith and I'm in my fourth year at Montclair, graduating in the Spring. I am majoring in Humanities and Fine Art (painting), with minors in Mythology and creative writing. Currently I'm the president of the MSU Mythology Society and involved with other various student organizations, including Players and the Montclair Art Society. I'm a makeup artist also, with special interest in film, theater, and avant-garde fashion. I worked on the Classics department's production of Antigone in spring 2014 and will be working on our upcoming show, the Bacchae, which is my favorite Greek tragedy. This past summer I spent five weeks in France (in Nice and Paris) studying Mediterranean civilization and art history. I'm interested in myriad things but my favorite would have to be Myth, and I plan to continue studying the classics after graduation.

Lauren Solski

My name is Lauren Solski and I am a Classics major with three minors in Archaeology, Anthropology and Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations. I have always been fascinated with history. I have had the opportunity to travel often to some amazing locations such as Rome, Barcelona, Morocco, Gibraltar, the South of France, and of course my personal favorite, Disney World. Traveling so much as a child/ teen/ young adult has really made me fall in love with discovering the past.

During my time here at MSU my biggest accomplishment has been starting my own college ice hockey team called The North Jersey Phoenix for women attending a wide range of schools in the area. The team has been accepted into the DVCHC (Delaware Valley Collegiate Hockey Conference) and we are recognized as a fully-fledged university team. Last season (2013-14) we came in second place to the University of Pennsylvania. This season we plan to win it all!

Nicolas Zarro

My name is Nic Zarro and I'm a Classics major with a double minor in Archaeology and Ancient Mediterranean Civilization.  Just this past summer I took part in a study abroad program at the Villa of the Antonines in Genzano di Roma, Italy, that is sponsored by the department, the Center for Heritage and Archaeological Studies, and the Global Education Center.  It is a month-long program where students from Montclair, as well as other schools around America, participate in an Archaeological field school/excavation of an ancient Roman imperial villa.  I'm currently using campus resources, especially the Scanning Electron Microscope Laboratory, to conduct archaeometric analyses on several artifacts from the excavation. Participating in the field school is one of the best experiences I have had in my three years at Montclair State and it is a privilege to be studying along the side of such great professors that are in the Classics Department.  I do plan on returning to Italy this summer for a second year, and I am excited to see what the future holds for me and the research that I am conducting.