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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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

Spring Lecture Series

2017: The 25th Annual Spring Lecture Series: Society on Display: Celebration, Procession and Protest


  • A Journey in Triumph, A Journey in Sorrow: Two Exiles Return to Rome
  • Gateways to Rome: Architecture and Topographical Display in Aeneid 6 and 7
  • The Voice of the People in Latin Epic and Tragedy
  • Festival and Spectacle: Processions in the Early Greek World

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 Saturday, November 5, 10am-1pm, in HUM 288.  Food and drink were provided.

  • "Disintegration of Vision: The Black Figure Eye in Exekais" by Andrew Love
  • "More Savage than Domitian, More Foul than Nero: A Brief Analysis of the Reputed Character of Emperor Commodue" by David Hlusak
  • "Three Headed Hound of the Moon: The Roles of Hecate in the Ancient and Modern Worlds" by Alexandra Conrad

For more information, please contact the Classics Students Association at

Class Schedule: Fall 2017

CLAR 250 Archaeology of the Ancient World
CLAR 420 Greek Art and Archaeology
CLAR 565/865 Monuments of the Eternal City: Ancient Rome
CLAR 699/899 Independent Study
CLAS 230 Ancient Epic Tales
CLAS 240 Greek & Roman Drama
CLAS 260 Greek & Roman Mythology
CLAS 280 The Ancient World in Film
CLAS 410 Ancient Greek Literature
CLAS 490 History of Ideas
CLAS 582 Tales from Ancient India: Hinduism and Buddhism
CLAS 690/890 Edit & Publish Classical Journal
CLAS 697 Honors Thesis
CLAS 699/899 Independent Study
CLAS 896/896EXM Directed Reading: Classics
CLAS 898 Masters Thesis/Creative Work
GRE 101 Elementary Ancient Greek
GRE 430/730 Greek Oratory I
GRE 699/899 Independent Study
LATN 101 Elementary Latin
LATN 301 Latin Prose and Poetry
LATN 735 Roman Epistolography
LATN 699/899 Independent Study
MGS 150 Modern Greek I
N.B.  This is a tentative schedule, and is subject to change.


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)

Spring 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 Spring 2018 will be:

  • Modern Languages: Monday, 2/19
  • Latin: Wednesday, 2/21
  • Ancient Greek: Friday, 2/23
  • Classical Archaeology: Monday, 2/26

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, 2/16, to schedule one or more of these exams.

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, complete the online application to the graduate program, and submit directly to the department 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).

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...