Classical Studies

The objective of the B.A. in Classical Studies is the furthering of knowledge of classical civilization through two emphases: the study of Greek and/or Latin language(s) and literature(s) and the study of courses in English translation on topics including classical literature, history, politics, religion, mythology, and art in order to aid students’ appreciation of the Greek and Roman contributions to later Western civilization.

The student who majors in Classical Studies acquires a balanced yet focused view of the language, literature, thought, and civilization of Greece and Rome . The student also obtains the valuable skills of a better vocabulary, a sharper critical sense, logical analysis of texts, coherent argumentation, and a valuable perspective on our own society. Classical Studies majors receive a liberal arts education of traditional excellence and one widely esteemed by business and professional schools. A student may also pursue graduate training in Classics, Art History, History, Philosophy, or other related disciplines.

Major Requirements

  1. Lower-division requirements (16 units plus language proficiency)
    1. Either LATN 001, LATN 002, LATN 003, and LATN 004 (or equivalent proficiency) or GRK 001, GRK 002, and GRK 003 (or equivalent proficiency).
    2. Eight (8) units: two courses from CLA 010A, CLA 010B, or CLA 010C
    3. Eight (8) units: CPLT 001 or CPLT 001W, CPLT 002
  2. Upper-division requirements (40 units)
    1. Twelve (12) units: three courses in Latin or Greek
    2. Twenty-four (24) units from the following:
      1. Upper-division Latin or Greek literature courses beyond the language proficiency requirement
      2. AHS 147, AHS 148, CLA 100/HISE 110, CLA 110 (E-Z)/LATN 110 (E-Z), CLA 112/CPLT 112/RLST 117, CLA 114/CPLT 114, CLA 120 (E-Z), CLA 165, CLA 190, GRK 190, LATN 190, PHIL 121Q, POSC 110, RLST 136, THEA 125E
      3. Other courses outside the Classics program related to the major with approval of the student’s advisor.
    3. Four (4) units: CPLT 193, Senior Capstone Seminar (CPLT 196 strongly recommended but not required)

Highly recommended lower-division courses are CLA 040 (Classical Mythology) and CLA 045 (The Ancient World in Film and Television). In their course selection, students should seek exposure to both the Greek and Roman components of the major.

Language Placement:

For information about placement exams contact Suzy Sharweed.

Committee in Charge

  • Lisa Raphals, PhD., Director, Classics
  • Benjamin King, Ph.D. Classics
  • Christopher Simon, Ph.D. Classics
  • Juliet McMullin, Ph.D., Interim Dean, College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, ex officio