Welcome to the Department of

Offering the only M.A. in Classics in the California State University, this department offers a deep focus on archaeology and art of the ancient world, in addition to languages and literature. Students also have the opportunity to work on an excavation in Pompeii, Italy.

News & Updates

Congratulations to our Class of 2020 Graduates!

Watch a special message to the class of 2020 from Professor David Leitao, Department of Classics...

Infusing Ancient Lit with Hip-Hop to Create an Epic Mashup

"Ancient Epic Tales," a class taught at SFSU by Prof. Alexandra Pappas, Assistant Professor and...

Eta Sigma Phi induction

On Friday, December 11, The Department of Classics was pleased to induct 20 students into Eta...

SFSU @ Pompeii

Learn more about the archaeological field internship programme conducted each summer at the site of ancient Pompeii, Italy!


Please Note: During this period of remote instruction in response to COVID-19, academic advising remains available via email, phone, and Zoom. Reach out to us for continued support!

Black Lives Matter: Statement from the Department of Classics

All lives cannot matter until Black lives matter. We in the Department of Classics at San Francisco State University bear witness to the pain, grief, rage, and exhaustion resulting from the systematic violence against and murder of Black people in this country, and we commit to taking action against the systemic racism that pervades our academic institutions.

Faculty Profile: Gillian McIntosh