Classical Studies Program

The Special Major in Classical Studies (45 units)

Greek ColumnThe Classical Studies major may be earned through the Special Major for the Bachelor of Arts Degree program, as described in the General Catalogue under Degree Requirements. This special major consists of correlated studies in two or more fields, such as Classical Studies and History. The minimum requirement for this special major is 45 units, and at least 30 of these units must be upper-division work. Usually, the 45 units will include the coursework as outlined below for the Minor in Classical Studies, and in addition at least 9 more units of upper-division work in Greek 131T and/or Latin 131T. Units applied to General Education requirements are not counted towards this special major in Classical Studies. Also, a maximum of six independent study units may be included in this special major in Classical Studies. (Any exception to this limit must be approved by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.) Students wishing to major in Classical Studies will meet with the Classical Studies Coordinator to design an appropriate course of study, and then will submit an application (obtained at the Office of Advising Services) to the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs for final approval. In this application students must:

  1. Prepare a statement giving their reasons for desiring a special major in terms of academic and professional goals and state why these goals cannot be met through a standard major,
  2. Present a specific list of courses that lead to the stated academic and professional goals,
  3. Secure the signed approval from the Office of Advising Services, as well as from the special major adviser and department chairs in the areas from which the special major courses are drawn.

Students who wish to continue studying Classics or ancient history on the graduate level or who plan to teach Latin at the high school level are strongly advised to apply for a Special Major in Classical Studies. 

The Classical Studies Minor 

The minor allows for three areas of interest: Latin, Greek, and Classics (Greek and Latin).

Greek

GRK 1A, 1B (6 units)
GRK 131T (2) (6 units)
HIST 111 or HUM 108 (3 units)
Approved Electives (9 units)
Total (24 units)

Latin

LATIN 1A, 1B (6 units)
LATIN 131T (2) (6 units)
HIST 112 or HUM 110 (3 units)
Approved Electives (9 units)
Total (24 units)

Classics

LATIN 1A, 1B (6 units)
GRK 1A, 1B (6 units)
LATIN 131T or GRK 131T (3 units)
HIST 111 or HUM 108, HIST 112 or HUM 110 (6 units)
Approved Electives (3 units)
Total (24 units)

Approved Course Electives

The following list includes the elective courses most directly concerned with Classics.

Art History

ARTH 10 The Ancient and Primitive World (3)
ARTH 109T Topics in Art History (1-3; max 3 per area; if on ancient world)

Drama

DRAMA 185 History of the Theatre and Drama (3)

English

ENGL 112 World Literature: Ancient (4)

Greek

GRK 1A, 1B Elementary Greek (3, 3)
GRK 131T Greek Literature (3; max total 12 if no topic repeated)
GRK 190 Independent Study (1-3)

History

HIST 1 Western Civilization I (3)
HIST 103 History of Early Christianity (3)
HIST 111 Ancient Greece (3)
HIST 112 Ancient Rome (3)
HIST 116 Greek and Roman Religion (3)
HIST 119T Studies in Ancient History (1-3; max total 6 if no topic repeated)
HIST 190 Independent Study (1-3)

Humanities

HUM 101T/HIST 103 History of Early Christianity (3)
HUM 108 Humanities in Classical Athens (3)
HUM 110 Humanities in Republican and Imperial Rome (3)

Latin

LATIN 1A, 1B Elementary Latin (3, 3)
LATIN 131T Latin Literature (3; Max total 12 if no topic repeated)
LATIN 132 Classical Mythology (3)
LATIN 190 Independent Study (1-3)

Philosophy

PHIL 101 Ancient Philosophy (3)
PHIL 108 Roman Philosophy (3)

Physical Science

P SCI 106 History and Philosophy of Physical Science (3)

Kinesiology

KINES 111 The Olympic Games (3)

Political Science

PLSI 110 Seminar in History of Political Thought to Macchiavelli (3)