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
Spring Lecture Series
2021: The 28th Annual Spring Lecture Series: Conversations with Greece and Rome from Home: Research on the Ancient Greco-Roman World at San Francisco State
Dr. David Leitao, Department of Classics, San Francisco State University
Thinking Multiculturalism through Greco-Roman Coins
Dr. Doug Bailey, Department of Anthropology, San Francisco State University
Beyond Interpretation and Explanation in the Archaeology of Art
Dr. Fred Astren, Department of Jewish Studies, San Francisco State University
Post-Roman Jews: The Legacy of Rome at the Transition from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages
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)
Graduate Courses: Ancient Greek
Graduate Courses: Classical Archaeology
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
Class Schedule: Spring 2021
|*CLAR 250||Archaeology of the Ancient World|
|CLAR 420B||Art and Archaeology of Ancient Greece|
|CLAR 425B||Art and Archaeology of Ancient Rome|
|*CLAR 500A||Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt|
|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 415B||Ancient Roman Literature|
|*CLAS 490||History of Ideas|
|*CLAS 582B||Tales from Ancient India:|
|Hinduism and Buddhism|
|ACLAS 690/890||Edit & Publish Classics Journal|
|CLAS 697||Honors Thesis|
|CLAS 699/899||Independent Study|
|CLAS 896/896EXM||Directed Reading: Classics|
|CLAS 898||Master's Thesis/Creative Work|
|GRE 202||Intermediate Ancient Greek|
|GRE 699/899||Independent Study|
|LATN 202||Intermediate Latin|
|LATN 699/899||Independent Study|
|MODERN GREEK STUDIES|
|*MGS 151||Modern Greek II|
|MGS 699||Independent Study|
|*Approved for General Education|
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
Graduate Courses: Latin
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...