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 will take place 10am-2pm on Saturday, October 20, 2018 in HUM 114.  Food and drink will be provided.

  • "Blood, Milk, and Honey: Roman Female Ritualized Mourning as a Form of Funeral Offering" by Kathleen Narayan
  • "Mare Nostrum, or Is It?" by Victoria Hodges
  • "Darkness Helps Us to Feel Holy: The Classical Conception of Witchcraft in Sixteenth-Century Europe" by David Hlusak
  • "Lydopatheis: Perceptions of Eastern Feminine Appearance in Anacreontic Vases" by Stephanie Polos
  • "Applying Archaeoastronomy to 'Nyx' on the Altar of Zeus" by Luke Loper

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 2019

CLASSICAL ARCHAEOLOGY
*CLAR 250 Archaeology of the Ancient World
 CLAR 420B Art and Archaeology of Ancient Greece
*CLAR 500B Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt
ACLAR 545/845 Pompeii & Herculaneum
 CLAR 699/899 Independent Study
   
CLASSICS  
*CLAS 210 Introduction to Greek & Roman Literature
*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
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 451/751 Greek Philosophy II
 GRE 699/899 Independent Study
   
LATIN  
*LATN 101 Elementary Latin
ALATN 461/761 Roman Historiography II
 LATN 699/899 Independent Study
   
MODERN GREEK STUDIES
*MGS 150 Modern Greek I
   
*Approved for General Education
APaired  
BCross-listed  
CTentatively scheduled

 

Spring Lecture Series

2019: The 27th Annual Spring Lecture Series: Whose Classics?

  • Meas Esse Aliquid Putare Nugas: "Small Things" and Economic Justice in Classics
  • My Classics Will Be Integrated, Or...
  • Our Classics: Ancient Myth in the Community
  • Whose Classics? Whose Heritage? Classical Archaeology and the "Loss of Innocence"

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 2019 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 2019 will be:

  • Modern Languages: Monday, 9/23
  • Latin: Wednesday, 9/25
  • Ancient Greek: Friday, 9/27
  • Classical Archaeology: Monday, 9/30

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, 9/13, 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...