Classical Studies: Classical Languages and Literature, BA

Classical Studies encompasses the civilization of the ancient Greeks and Romans from prehistory to the Middle Ages, with emphasis on the literature, philosophy, and history of the classical Greek and Roman periods. It includes economic, political, social, and intellectual history as well as philosophy, archaeology, religion, and myth. Students may choose a track that emphasizes the study of texts in Greek and/or Latin or opt for a program of courses that do not require any knowledge of the ancient languages. The Classical Studies Department provides extensive training at the Undergraduate level and graduate training in both Classical Studies and Ancient History. We also offer a special Post-Baccalaureate Program for students who wish to continue the study of Greek and Latin but who do not yet meet the requirements of a conventional graduate program.

The minimum total course units for graduation in this major is 32. Double majors may entail more course units.

For information about the General Education requirements, please visit the College of Arts & Sciences Curriculum page.

College General Education Requirements and Free Electives
Foundational Approaches + Sectors1 + Free Electives20
Major Requirements
Cluster 1: Core Introductory Courses
ANCH 0101Ancient Greece1
ANCH 0102Ancient Rome1
Cluster 2: Fields of Classical Studies
Select 4 course units at the 1000 Level (ANCH, CLST, GREK, LATN)4
Cluster 3
Select 2 course units at or above the 2000 level (ANCH, CLST, GREK, LATN)2
Select 1 course unit at or above the 3000 level (ANCH, CLST, GREK, LATN)1
Select 3 course units at or above the 3000 level (GREK, LATN)3
Equity Requirement
1 course related to equity. May also count in clusters 1, 2, or 3
Total Course Units32

You may count no more than one course toward both a Major and a Sector requirement. For Exceptions, check the Policy Statement.


Honors Thesis


The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.