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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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.

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: Spring 2018

*CLAR 250 Archaeology of the Ancient World
 CLAR 425B Roman Art and Archaeology
*CLAR 500 Egyptian Civilization
 CLAR 570/870 Archaic Greece
 CLAR 699/899 Independent Study
*CLAS 230 Ancient Epic Tales
*CLAS 240 Greek & Roman Drama
*CLAS 260 Greek & Roman Mythology
 CLAS 319B Magic in the Ancient Mediterranean World
*CLAS 415B Ancient Roman Literature
ACLAS 690/890 Edit & Publish Classics Journal
 CLAS 697 Honors Thesis
 CLAS 699/899 Independent Study
 CLAS 720

The Tradition of Nature
in Greco-Roman Culture

 CLAS 896/896EXM Directed Reading: Classics
 CLAS 898 Master's Thesis/Creative Work
 GRE 202 Intermediate Ancient Greek
AGRE 445/745 Greek Drama I
 GRE 699/899 Independent Study
 LATN 202 Intermediate Latin
ALATN 450/750 Roman Drama
 LATN 699/899 Independent Study
*MGS 151 Modern Greek II
 MGS 350B Greece and the Balkans
 MGS 699 Independent Study
*Approved for General Education
N.B.  This is a tentative schedule, and is subject to change.


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 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

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.


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).

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...