Department History

Classics at SF State is one of two universities in the state of California to offer a teaching credential subject matter certification in Latin.

Students could only study advanced ancient Greek and Latin by special arrangement. The development of a formal major and minor in Classics allowed students to concentrate in Greek and/or Latin languages and literature or in Classical Archaeology.

The emphasis in ancient philosophy was approved in 1977 for students who wished to study the ancient philosophers in the original languages.

The Museum Studies program was created as an interdisciplinary program within the Department of Classics in 1991/92 and since 2002/03 has been an independent program within the College of Liberal and Creative Arts (formerly the College of Humanities).

The M.A. in Classics, approved in 1981, was designed for students seeking preparation to enter a Ph.D. program or a terminal M.A. with a view to teaching in the secondary schools or community colleges.

At present, SF State is the only member of the CSU system to offer the M.A. degree in Classics and is one of only three that offers the undergraduate degree (along with CSU Long Beach and San Jose State University). The Department of Classics at SF State is also only one of two universities in the state of California to offer a subject matter certification in Latin for those who are interested in obtaining a single subject teaching credential under the current standards of the California Commission of Teacher Credentialing. The SF State Classics program has a long tradition of outreach and K-12 interaction and strives to improve upon its successes by engaging in curricular collaborations with other departments and programs, maintaining cross-listed courses with Jewish Studies, Sexuality Studies, Modern Greek Studies, History, Humanities, and Museum Studies.