Major in Classical Civilizations

The major in Classical Civilizations is highly interdisciplinary and extremely flexible.  It provides students with the opportunity to explore the rich diversity of classical antiquity in depth, in company with a relatively small and cohesive cohort of undergraduates.  With ongoing input from our two faculty advisors, each student develops a personalized curriculum within one of four broadly-conceived areas of concentration (see below).  While language study is an option, the major may be completed entirely in English.  The Classical Civilizations major also requires some comparative study of a pre-modern culture other than Greco-Roman (e.g. Chinese, sub-Saharan African, Egyptian, Mayan).

This major serves as excellent preparation for many different careers as well as for graduate study in fields such as Anthropology, Archaeology, Classics, History, and Art History. 

Prospective and current majors are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the learning goals articulated for each major.

Requirements for the Classical Civilizations Major

(1) Prerequisites. (8 units)

  • Classics 10A (Intro. Greek Civilization) or Classics 17A (Intro. Greek Archaeology)
  • Classics 10B (Intro. Roman Civilization) or Classics 17B (Intro. Roman Archaeology)
  • Classics R44 (Roots of Western Civilization) may be substituted for either 10A/17A or 10B/17B

(2) Lower division. (8 units)

Two courses from the following list, one of which must be in the Classics Department:

  • Classics 10A (Intro to Greek Civilization)
  • Classics 10B (Intro to Roman Civilization)
  • Classics 17A (Intro to Greek Archaeology)
  • Classics 17B (Intro to Roman Archaeology)
  • Classics 28 (Classic Myths)
  • Classics N28 (Classic Myths)
  • Classics 29 (Greco-Roman Magic)
  • Classics 34 (Epic Poetry)
  • Classics 35 (Greek Tragedy)
  • Classics 36 (Greek Philosophy)    (Philosophy 25A may not also be counted)
  • Classics 39A (Freshman-Sophomore Seminar - Cleopatras)
  • Classics 39D (Freshman-Sophomore Seminar - Utopia, Dystopia)
  • Classics 39K (Freshman-Sophomore Seminar - Travel and Transport in the Ancient World)
  • Classics R44 (Roots of Western Civilizations)
  • Classics 50 (Latin and Greek in Antiquity and After)
  • Greek 1, 2, 15 (Intro Language Comp.)
  • Latin 1, 2, 15 (Intro Language Comp.)
  • History 4A (Origins of Western Civilization)
  • History of Art 10 (History of Western Art)
  • History of Art 41 (Introduction to Greek and Roman Art)
  • Near Eastern Studies 15 (Introduction to Near Eastern Art and Archaeology)
  • Near Eastern Studies 18 (Introduction to Ancient Egypt)
  • Near Eastern Studies 25 (Ancient Babylonian Legends/Myths)
  • Near Eastern Studies 34 (Hebrew Bible in translation)
  • Philosophy 25A (Ancient Philosophy)    (Classics 36 may not also be counted)

(3) Area of concentration. (5 courses, 20 units)

Five courses from one concentration: no duplication with courses offered in fulfillment of the other lower or upper division requirements allowed except in the case of Classics 130A - Classics 130N (which is required of all students in the major); other courses may be substituted with the permission of the faculty adviser; at least 3 courses must be in the Classics Department.

(3)-1. Classical Archaeology & Art History.

Five upper division courses from Classics and Art History:

  • Classics 130, 130B-130N (Topics in Greek and Roman Culture)
  • Classics 170A (Greek Vase Painting)
  • Classics 170C (Greek Architecture)
  • Classics 170D (Roman Art and Architecture)
  • Classics 172 (Art and Archaeology of the Aegean Bronze Age)
  • Classics N172A (Field School: Nemea)
  • Classics N172B (Field School: Mycenae)
  • Classics 175A (Topography of Athens)
  • Classics 175D (Pompeii and Herculaneum)
  • Classics 175E (Western Provinces)
  • Classics 175F (Roman Wall Painting)
  • Classics 175G (Ptolemaic & Roman Egypt)
  • Classics 180 (Ancient Athletics)
  • History of Art C140 (Minoan and Mycenaean Art)
  • History of Art 141 A-B-C(Greek Sculpture/Painting)
  • History of Art 145 (Roman Art)
  • History of Art 151 (Art in Late Antiquity)
  • History of Art 190B (Topics, ancient)
  • History of Art 192B (undergraduate seminar, ancient)
  • Near Eastern Studies C129 (Minoan and Mycenaean Art)

(3)-2. Classical History & Culture.

Five upper division courses from Classics, Anthropology, Art History, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, Rhetoric and Theater Dance Performance Studies.

  • All upper division courses in Greek and Latin
  • Classics 121 (Ancient Religion)
  • Classics 124 (Classical Poetics)
  • Classics 130, 130A-Classics 130N (Topics in Greek and Roman Culture)
  • Classics 161 (Gender, Sexuality, and Culture)
  • Classics 163 (Topics in Philosophy)
  • Classics 170C (Greek Architecture)
  • Classics 172 (Art and Archaeology of the Aegean Bronze Age)
  • Classics N172A (Field School: Nemea)
  • Classics N172B (Field School: Mycenae)
  • Classics 175A (Topography of Athens)
  • Classics 175D (Pompeii and Herculaneum)
  • Classics 180 (Ancient Athletics)
  • Comparative Literature 151 (Ancient Mediterranean World)
  • Dramatic Art 122 (Greek & Roman Theater)
  • History 101 (Historical Research-ancient topic)
  • History 100AP (Special Topics in Ancient History)
  • History 103A (Proseminar: Problems in Interpretation)
  • History 105 A-B (Ancient Greece)
  • History 106 A-B (Ancient Rome)
  • History 185 (History of Christianity to 1250; primarily Late Antiquity)
  • Philosophy 160 (Plato)
  • Philosophy 161 (Aristotle)
  • Philosophy 163 (Topics in Greek Philosophy)
  • Political Science 112A (History of Political Theory)
  • Rhetoric 166 (Rhetoric, Law and Politics - when the subject is Greco-Roman)
  • Theater 126 (Performance LIteratures: Greek Tragedy, Then and Now)

(3)-3. Ancient Greek.

Five courses, including up to 2 lower division.

  • Greek 1, 2, 15
  • Greek 100, 101, 102, 105,
  • Greek 115, 116, 117
  • Greek 120, 121, 122, 123

(3)-4. Latin.

Five courses, including up to 2 lower division.

  • Latin 1, 2, 15
  • Latin 100, 101, 102
  • Latin 115, 116, 119
  • Latin 120, 121, 122, 140, 155A

(4). Area of breadth. (2 courses, 8 units)

Two courses from any combination of lower or upper division offerings in a non-Greco-Roman, preindustrial cultural. Examples of such cultures would be: North, Central, or South Native American, Pacific, Chinese, Indic, sub-Saharan African, European bronze or iron age, and prehistoric; European medieval is also acceptable.

This requirement may be met with courses in any department where relevant courses are offered; in particular, courses in Anthropology, Near Eastern Studies, History of Art, Linguistics, History, and Religious Studies might be appropriate, as well as Departments specializing in specific cultural areas.

The faculty adviser will determine with the student what culture will be accepted as an Area of Breath course. Since many "topics" courses change subject from offering to offering, the student should consult closely with the faculty adviser.

Course Examples

  • Anthropology 2/2AC (Introduction to Archaeology)
  • Anthropology 122A (Archaeology of North America)
  • Anthropology 122C (Archaeology of Central America)
  • Anthropology 122D (World of Ancient Maya)
  • Anthropology 122E (Archaeology of the Americas)
  • Anthropology 122F (California Archaeology)
  • Anthropology 122G (Archaeology of the American Southwest)
  • Anthropology 123A (Old World Prehistory)
  • Anthropology 123C (Archaeology of Europe)
  • Anthropology 123E (Mediterranean Archaeology)
  • Anthropology 124A (Archaeology of South Pacific)
  • Anthropology 162 (Topics in Folklore)
  • Anthropology 162AC (Forms in Folklore)
  • Buddhist Studies C120 (Buddhism on the Silk Road)
  • Celtic Studies 70 (The World of the Celts)
  • Celtic Studies 128 (Medieval Celtic Culture)
  • Celtic Studies 168 (Celtic Mythology and Oral Tradition)
  • East Asian Languages C135 (Tantric Traditions of Asia)
  • East Asian Languages C175 (Archaeology of East Asia)
  • English 45A (Literature in English: Through Milton)
  • English 101 (The History of the English Language)
  • History 6A (History of China: Origins to the Mongol Conquest)
  • History of Art 34 (Arts of China)
  • History of Art C120A (The Art of Ancient Mesopotamia: 3500-1000 BCE)
  • History of Art C120B (The Art of Ancient Mesopotamia: 1000-330 BCE)
  • History of Art 130A (Early Chinese Art, Part 1)
  • History of Art 131A (Sacred Arts in China)
  • History of Art 136A (Promiscuous Gods, Gendered Monsters, and Other Urban Beasts: Art in Early India)
  • Near Eastern Studies 15 (Introduction to Near Eastern Art and Archaeology)
  • Near Eastern Studies 18 (Introduction to Ancient Egypt)
  • Near Eastern Studies 101 (Women and Gender in Ancient Egypt)
  • Near Eastern Studies 102A-B (Archaeology of Ancient Egypt)
  • Near Eastern Studies C104 (Babylonian Religion)
  • Near Eastern Studies 105A (Ancient Mesopotamian Documents and Literature)
  • Near Eastern Studies 106A-B (Art and Architecture of Ancient Egypt)
  • Near Eastern Studies 109 (Mesopotamian History)
  • Near Eastern Studies 110 (Digital Humanities and Egyptology)
  • Near Eastern Studies 113 (Gilgamesh: King, hero, and God)
  • Near Eastern Studies C120A (The Art of Ancient Mesopotamia: 3500-1000 BCE)
  • Near Eastern Studies C120B (The Art of Ancient Mesopotamia: 1000-330 BCE)
  • Near Eastern Studies 122 (Iranian Archaeology)
  • Near Eastern Studies 123 (Mesopotamian Archaeology)
  • Near Eastern Studies 124 (Levantine Archaeology)
  • Near Eastern Studies 126 (Silk Road Art and Archaeology)
  • Near Eastern Studies 127 (Art and Archaeology of Ancient Syria)
  • Near Eastern Studies 129 (Arts of Iran and Central Asia)
  • Near Eastern Studies C135 (Literature and History in the Hebrew Bible)
  • Scandinavian 123 (Viking and Medieval Scandinavia)
  • Scandinavian 160/C160 (Scandinavian Myth and Religion)
  • South and Southeast Asian Studies 1A (Introduction to the Civilization of Early India)
  • South and Southeast Asian Studies 127/C127 (Religion in Early India)
  • South and Southeast Asian Studies 140 (Hindu Mythology)
  • South and Southeast Asian Studies 142 (India's Great Epics)

(5). Upper division. (2 courses, 8 units)

Two courses. All students must take Classics 130. A single 130 counts both in this category, Upper Division, AND in the five course, Upper Division requirement of the (1) the Art and Archeology and (2) the Classical History and Culture options above.

  • Classics 121 (Ancient Religion)
  • Classics 124 (Classical Poetics)
  • Classics 130, 130A-Classics 130N (Topics in Greek and Roman Culture)
  • Classics 161 (Gender, Sexuality, and Culture)
  • Classics 163 (Topics in Philosopy)
  • Classics 170A (Greek Vase Painting)
  • Classics 170C (Greek Architecture)
  • Classics 170D (Roman Art and Architecture)
  • Classics 175A (Topography of Athens)
  • Classics 175D (Pompeii and Herculaneum)
  • Classics 175F (Roman Wall Painting)
  • Classics 175G (Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt)
  • Classics 180 (Ancient Athletics)
  • Greek 100, 101, 102, 105, 115, 116, 117 , 120, 121, 122, 123
  • Latin 100, 101, 102, 105, 115, 116, 119, 120, 121, 123, 140
  • Anthropology 123C&E (Archaeology of Europe, Mediterranean Archaeology)
  • Comparative Literature 151 (Ancient Mediterranean World)
  • Cuneiform 100A-B (Elementary Akkadian)
  • Cuneiform 101A-B (Selected Readings in Akkadian)
  • Cuneiform 102A-B (Elementary Sumerian)
  • Cuneiform 103A-B (Selected Readings in Sumerian)
  • Cuneiform 106A-B (Elementary Hittite)
  • Egyptian 100A-B (Elementary Egyptian)
  • Egyptian 101A-B (Intermediate Egyptian)
  • Egyptian 102A-B (Elementary Coptic)
  • Hebrew 106A-B (Elementary Biblical Hebrew)
  • Hebrew 107A-B (Biblical Hebrew Texts)
  • History 100AP (Special Topics in Ancient History)
  • History 105A-B (Ancient Greece)
  • History 106A-B (Ancient Rome)
  • History of Art C120A-B (The Art of Ancient Mesopotamia)
  • History of Art C140 (Minoan and Mycenaean Art)
  • History of Art 141 A, C (Greek Sculpture & Painting)
  • History of Art 145 (Roman Art)
  • Iranian 110A-B (Middle Persian)
  • Iranian 111A-B (Old Iranian)
  • Near Eastern Studies 102A-B (Archaeology of Ancient Egypt)
  • Near Eastern Studies 103 (Religion of Ancient Egypt)
  • Near Eastern Studies C104 (Babylonian religion)
  • Near Eastern Studies 105A (Ancient Mesopot Lit)
  • Near Eastern Studies 106A-B (Art & Architecture Egypt)
  • Near Eastern Studies 108 (Topics in Ancient Mediterranean World)
  • Near Eastern Studies 109 (Mesopotamian History)
  • Near Eastern Studies 110 (Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt First Millennium BC)
  • Near Eastern Studies 113 (Gilgamesh: King, Hero and God)
  • Near Eastern Studies C119 (Disciplining Near Eastern Archaeology)
  • Near Eastern Studies C120A-B (Art of Ancient Mesopotamia)
  • Near Eastern Studies 122 (Iranian archaeology)
  • Near Eastern Studies 123 (Mesopotamian archaeology)
  • Near Eastern Studies 126 (Silk Road Art and Archaeology)
  • Near Eastern Studies C129 (Minoan and Mycenean Art)
  • Near Eastern Studies 130A-130B (History of Ancient Israel)
  • Near Eastern Studies 131 (Aspects of Biblical Religion)
  • Near Eastern Studies 132 (Biblical Poetry)
  • Near Eastern Studies C133 (Judaism in Late Antiquity)
  • Near Eastern Studies 136 (History and Historiography in the Hebrew Bible)
  • Near Eastern Studies 138 (The Hero in the Bible and the Ancient Near East)
  • Near Eastern Studies 160 (Religions of Ancient Iran)
  • Near Eastern Studies 190A-B (Special Topics in Fields of Near Eastern Studies, ancient only)
  • Near Eastern Studies 1962A-C (Undergraduate Seminar: Problems and Research in Near Eastern Studies)
  • Philosophy 161 (Plato)
  • Philosophy 163 (Special Topics in Greek Philosophy)
  • Political Science 112A (History of Political Theory-ancient)
  • Rhetoric 103A (Approaches and Paradigms in the History of Rhetorical Theory)
  • Rhetoric 166 (Rhetoric, Law and Politics - when the subject is Greco-Roman)
  • Sanskrit 100A-B (Elementary Sanskrit)
  • Sanskrit 101A-B (Intermediate Sanskrit)
  • Semitics 100A-B (Aramaic)
  • Theater 126 (Greek Tragedy, Then and Now)

Total units: 52 (lower division 16; upper division 28: additional lower or upper division 8; at least 26 must be in the Classics Department)

Classics 130 and 130 Series

130: Topics in Ancient Greek and Roman 130H: Religion & Literature in the Graeco-Roman World
130A: Epic and Saga 130I:Classical Greek Rhetoric: Evolution or Revolution?
130C: The Origins of Rome 130J: Graeco-Roman Egypt: Society and Economy
130C: Ancient Greek Political Thought 130K:Music and Difference in Ancient Greece
130D: The Roman Economy 130L: Introduction to Graeco-Roman Magic
130E: The Trojan War: History or Myth? 130M: Slavery & Literature in the Graeco-Roman World
130F: The History of Hell 130N: Ancient Portraiture & Biography
130G: The Literature of Everyday Life  

Honors

Classical Civilizations majors with an overall University GPA of at least 3.6 and a GPA of at least 3.6 in the major are eligible. Honors requirements: (a) completion of the major program, (b) one semester of Classics H195. H195 consists of largely independent study, including the writing of a thesis, which is usually an outgrowth of work done previously in a senior-level course, which will be evaluated by an Honors Committee of three members. The student forms the Honors Committee, with one member as Chair. The written thesis is due on Monday of the 13th week of the semester. The Committee will agree upon the level of Honors (Honors, High Honors, or Highest Honors), and the grade to be awarded no later than the Monday of examination week.

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