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: Ancient Greek
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!
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 email@example.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)
Spring 2020 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 2020 will be:
- Modern Languages: Monday, 2/24
- Latin: Wednesday, 2/26
- Ancient Greek: Friday, 2/28
- Classical Archaeology: Monday, 3/2
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, 2/14, to schedule one or more of these exams.
Class Schedule: Spring 2020
|CLAR 250||Archaeology of the Ancient World|
|CLAR 425||Roman Art and Archaeology|
|CLAR 502||Ancient Egyptian Language and Literature|
|CLAR 531||Greek Sculpture|
|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 415||Ancient Roman Literature|
|CLAS 690/890||Edit & Publish Classics Journal|
|CLAS 697||Honors Thesis|
|CLAS 699/899||Independent Study|
|CLAS 720||Classics, Translation, and Translation Theory|
|CLAS 896/896EXM||Directed Reading: Classics|
|CLAS 898||Master's Thesis/Creative Work|
|GRE 202||Intermediate Ancient Greek|
|GRE 441/741||Greek Epic II|
|GRE 699/899||Independent Study|
|LATN 202||Intermediate Latin|
|LATN 456/756||Roman Lyric and Elegy II|
|LATN 699/899||Independent Study|
|MODERN GREEK STUDIES|
|MGS 151||Modern Greek II|
|MGS 350||Greece and the Balkans|
|MGS 699||Independent Study|
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 Courses: Classical Archaeology
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).
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...