Classics

College of Arts and Sciences

An undergraduate major in Classical Studies concerns itself with the languages and cultures of the ancient Greeks and Romans, whose civilizations had a central role in shaping the basic conceptual categories of our present cultural, intellectual, professional and civic lives. Study of Ancient Greek and Latin and the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome fosters broad and deeply informed critical perspectives on the human experience and develops excellent analytical, problem-solving and communication skills. This BA degree is especially suited to students wishing to explore the literature, history, art, archaeology and philosophy of ancient Greece and Rome, primarily through English translations. Students with no previous exposure to ancient Greek or Latin can complete the Classical Studies major in two years.

 

Major category: Open

Minor available

Curricular options: Classical Studies, Classics, Greek, Latin

Topic: Arts

Applicant type

Freshman

Freshmen can apply to the UW to begin autumn quarter or winter quarter (U.S. applicants only)

Read more about applying to the UW as a freshman, including details for programs that provide high school students with college credit (like Running Start).


Transfer

Quarters of general admission to UW: autumn / winter (U.S. applicants only) / spring

Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission.

  • Use the information below to help you prepare for this degree
  • Visit MyPlan to run a degree audit.
  • Use the UW Equivalency Guide to find out how courses taken at a Washington state community or technical college will transfer to the UW.
  • UW college and school graduation requirements

Department admission information

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Admission to this major is open. Students in good academic standing can declare this major at any time. Although admission is open, students are strongly encouraged to prepare for the major before transfer.

Read more about applying to the UW as a transfer student.

Courses recommended for the major:

  • First & second year Latin and/or classical Greek
  • Classics in translation
  • Ancient history
  • Classical art
  • Classical archaeology
  • Ancient philosophy

 

Entering transfer information:

Total undergraduates: 17
Total from Washington community colleges: 1

Entering transfer GPA (from WA community colleges):

3.75 – 4.00: 1
3.50 – 3.74: 0
3.25 – 3.49: 0
3.00 – 3.24: 2
2.75 – 2.99: 0
2.50 – 2.74: 0
2.49 and below: 1



Career outcomes