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
Graduate Courses: Classical Archaeology
Graduate Courses: Ancient Greek
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Class Schedule: Fall 2018
|*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|
|*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|
History of Ideas in the Ancient
|*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|
|*GRE 101||Elementary Ancient Greek|
|AGRE 435/735||Greek Historiography I|
|GRE 699/899||Independent Study|
|*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|
|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 Courses: Latin
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.
Graduate Courses: Classics
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...