Undergraduate Advisers: Stanley, Vaughn
Graduate Coordinator: McLauchlin
Associate Professors—Ellis, L., McLauchlin
Minor in Classics
M.A. in Classics
The student may choose one of several emphases within the major and minor: in a single ancient language (Latin or Greek), in two ancient languages (Latin and Greek), in Classical Archaeology or in Philosophy.
Graduate Program. The M.A. in Classics emphasizes the advanced study of the ancient Greek and/or Latin languages and literature, in the cultural and historical context of the Mediterranean world. The program provides students with the basic methods and skills of classical scholarship, as well as with the opportunity to explore related areas of classical studies, such as archaeology and philosophy. The graduate program in classics is designed to guide the student in a study of individual authors and problems in literary and historical periods, literary genres, and cultural history.
The student may select a field of emphasis in one of four areas of study: Latin, Greek, Classics, or Classical Archaeology.
The classics major with an emphasis in a single language (Latin) is approved by the State of California as a subject matter preparation program for the Single Subject Teaching Credential in Foreign Languages.
The M.A. degree is of particular value for students who intend to pursue a doctoral degree in classics or who plan to teach at the high school or community college levels. Students with goals in other academic areas, including museum studies, history, philosophy, theology, modern languages, or comparative literature, can also benefit from a master's degree in classics.
BACHELOR OF ARTS IN CLASSICS
All Classics majors are expected to take nine units of core courses specified below. There are three basic emphases within the major.
Emphasis in Language. Students elect to concentrate on the study of Greek, Latin, or both Greek and Latin.
Emphasis in Classical Archaeology. Students elect to concentrate on the study of Classical Archaeology.
Emphasis in Philosophy. Students elect to concentrate on the study of Classical or Medieval Philosophy (this emphasis involves taking courses in the Philosophy Department and in the Classics Department).
Courses for this program are listed in alphabetical sequence (see Classics discipline in the "Announcement of Courses" section).
Units CLAS 410 Classical Culture: Greece or CLAS 415 Classical Culture: Rome 3 CLAR 507-508 Ancient Roman Civilization (3 each) or CLAR 515-516 Ancient Greek Civilization (3 each) 6 Field of Emphasis (chosen from alternatives below) 36 Total for the major 45Emphasis in Language
Concentration in a single language:
Greek or Latin 27 CLAS 360 Greek and Roman Mythology (or equivalent) 3 Upper division electives on advisement 6Concentration in two languages:
Greek 12 Latin 12 Upper division courses in either Greek or Latin* 9 CLAS 360 Greek and Roman Mythology (or equivalent) 3Emphasis in Classical Archaeology
Greek and/or Latin* ** 18 Upper division course in either Greek or Latin 3 Upper division courses in Classical Archaeology (excluding core courses) 15Emphasis in Philosophy
Greek or Latin 12 Upper division courses in either Greek or Latin 3 Selected course offerings of the Philosophy Department on advisement 21*Three to six units of Sanskrit may be substituted in this category.
**Students interested in Egyptian archaeology may use three units of CLAR 502 as partial fulfillment of this requirement.
MINOR IN CLASSICS
Units CLAR 507-508 Ancient Roman Civilization (3 each) or CLAR 515-516 Ancient Greek Civilization (3 each) 6 CLAS 360 Greek and Roman Mythology 3 Field of Emphasis (chosen from either of the alternatives below) 20 Total for the minor 29Emphasis in Language
Greek or Latin 17 Upper division electives on advisement 3Emphasis in Classical Archaeology
Greek and/or Latin 14 Upper division courses in Classical Archaeology 6
Courses for this program are listed in alphabetical sequence (see Classics discipline in the "Announcement of Courses" section). With the approval of the graduate adviser, all upper division courses offered by the Department of Classics may be considered for the master's degree.
Units CLAS 720 Seminar in Classical Languages and Literature 6 CLAR 820 Seminar in Classical Archaeology, Cultures, and Civilizations 3-6 Courses selected from the following graduate offerings of other departments (or other courses upon approval of the Classics graduate adviser) 6-9 HIST 710 Seminar in Ancient and Medieval History PHIL 770 Seminar in a Classical Author PHIL 772 Seminar in a Classical College PHIL 775 Seminar in the History of Philosophy WCL 896 Directed Reading (when topic involves study of a classical area) Upper division or graduate courses in ancient literature (readings in the original languages) 6-9 Upper division or graduate courses in ancient literature (readings in the original languages) or courses in classical culture and civilization, art, archaeology 3-6 One of the following options: 3 CLAS 898 Master's Thesis One additional upper division or graduate Classics course and Master's Comprehensive Oral Examination Minimum total 30 and Written Ancient Language and Modern Language Examinations
Upon completion of the course work, the student must pass a written translation examination on a specified group of works in the ancient language(s) in which s/he has specialized.
Comprehensive Oral Examination
Upon completion of the course work, the student not writing a master's thesis must take a comprehensive oral examination administered by a committee of three faculty members on a specified group of works in the literature, history, and culture of the ancient civilization in which s/he has specialized.
Each candidate who selects the option of a Master's Thesis must submit a draft. After the draft is approved by a three-member faculty committee, the Proposal for Culminating Experience Requirement form is signed and filed in the Graduate Division. A final conference for approval of the completed thesis is held with the candidate and student's thesis committee.
Modern Language Requirement
Prior to the awarding of the Master of Arts in Classics, students must demonstrate a reading knowledge of one of the following modern languages at the upper division level: French, German, or Italian. Students may substitute an equivalent knowledge of another modern language upon approval of the department chair and the graduate adviser.
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