Graduate Studies

Master of Arts in Classics

The Master of Arts in Classics introduces students to advanced methodologies used in the study of the ancient languages, the interpretation of ancient texts, and the analysis of material culture.

The Department of Classics offers the following degrees and programs.

  • Master of Arts in Classics
  • Teaching Credential Single Subject Latin
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Advising Resource Center

The College of Liberal & Creative Arts established the student Advising Resource Center (ARC) to provide multiple support services to students. You can receive information regarding requirements for your degree, petitions, financial aid, tutoring, student clubs, events, careers and much more.

Advising Resource Center

Student Forum

The Classics Students Association is pleased to announce this year's Student Forum.  The Student Forum offers an opportunity for students of the ancient world, both from SFSU and from the Bay Area community, to present their research to their peers and faculty.

The Student Forum took place 10am-2pm on Saturday, November 4, 2017, in HUM 288.  Food and drink were provided.

  • "Proto Femism in the Lysistrata" by Perry Fenton
  • "Living with Uncertainty: A Proposal for the Deconstruction of Bronze Age Frescoes" by Victoria Hodges
  • "You Can Bilocate: Uncanny Movement on Greek Vaces" by Andrew Love
  • "Animal Imagery in Alcman's Parthenion 1" by Kathleen Narayan
  • "Dyonysian Mimesis: Cross Dressing and the Symposium" by Stephanie Polos

For more information, please contact the Classics Students Association at csa.sfstate@gmail.com.

Classics Graduate Student Handbook

The Department of Classics is pleased to provide our Graduate Student Handbook for all current and prospective students.  This document is designed to help graduate students answer questions about advising and administrative processes.

The Hanbook can be downloaded here: Classics Graduate Student Handbook (pdf)

Current MA Students

Mark Bodenchak

Sarah Garvey

Kerry Gray

Victoria Hodges

Annie Huynh

Adriana Javier

Andrew Love

Sarah Mabie

Katelyn Orwig

Kimberly Paton

Stephanie Polos

Leah Schocket

Kitty Shockey

Class Schedule: Fall 2018

CLASSICAL ARCHAEOLOGY
*CLAR 250 Archaeology of the Ancient World
 CLAR 420B Greek Art and Archaeology
*CLAR 500 Ancient Egyptian Civilization
 CLAR 530 Introduction to Greek Vase Painting
 CLAR 699/899 Independent Study
CLASSICS  
*CLAS 230 Ancient Epic Tales
*CLAS 240 Greek & Roman Drama
*CLAS 260 Greek & Roman Mythology
*CLAS 280B The Ancient World in Film
*CLAS 410B Ancient Greek Literature
*CLAS 490 History of Ideas in the Ancient
Classical World
*CLAS 582B Tales from Ancient India:
Hinduism and Buddhism
 CLAS 700 Proseminar: Texts and Contexts
 CLAS 720 Plato and Greek Sexuality
ACLAS 690/890 Edit & Publish Classical Journal
 CLAS 697 Honors Thesis
 CLAS 699/899 Independent Study
ACLAS 896/896EXM Directed Reading: Classics
 CLAS 898 Masters Thesis/Creative Work
GREEK  
*GRE 101 Elementary Ancient Greek
AGRE 435/735 Greek Historiography I
 GRE 699/899 Independent Study
LATIN  
*LATN 101 Elementary Latin
ALATN 436/736 Roman Novel
 LATN 699/899 Independent Study
MODERN GREEK STUDIES
*MGS 150 Modern Greek I
 
*Approved for General Education
APaired
BCross-listed
 
N.B.  This is a tentative schedule, and is subject to change.

 

Spring Lecture Series

2018: The 26th Annual Spring Lecture Series: The Invisible Voices: The Forgotten Majority of the Classical World

 

  • A Chorus of Fragments: Voices from the Sands of Egypt
  • Integrated but Unequal: The Census as a Lens on Roman Political Culture
  • Eutropius the Consul: Power, Ugliness, and Imperial Representation in Late Antiquity
  • Gender and Slavery in the Roman Household

Graduate Admissions

The ideal applicant to the Master of Arts in Classics program is someone with (1) undergraduate major in classics (or equivalent learning experience); and (2) sufficient proficiency in both Latin and Greek to take graduate seminars in those languages. The Graduate Division also requires that applicants have a minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA. The department does admit students who have less than the ideal preparation described above; in those cases, the applicant is admitted conditionally (subject to meeting certain conditions for progress through the program).

Applicants must take the GRE, and complete the online application to the graduate program through Cal State Apply. As part of the online application, applicants must upload a two to three page statement of purpose, an eight to ten page writing sample, and one letter of recommendation (sent directly by the recommender).

Fall 2018 M.A. Exam Schedule

Every semester, The Department of Classics offers each M.A. exam during a single sitting; we recommend that you adjust your work schedules, etc. far in advance. The exams are offered beginning in the fifth week of each semester.

The exam schedule for Fall 2018 will be:

  • Modern Languages: Monday, 9/24
  • Latin: Wednesday, 9/26
  • Ancient Greek: Friday, 9/28
  • Classical Archaeology: Monday, 10/1

Each exam will take place 2-4 pm in the Richard L. Trapp Classics Library, HUM 375.  Please contact Prof. McIntosh, graduate coordinator, no later than Friday, 9/14, to schedule one or more of these exams.

Study Abroad Opportunities

  • Pompeii, Italy, Archaeological Internship Programme
  • Archaeological Institute of America Summer programs and/or excavations
  • Summer Program in Rome: Latin, Archaeology, Roman Pottery
  • College Year in Athens
  • And More...