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2022/2023 University Catalog 
2022/2023 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Classics, Emphasis in Classical Language, B.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences

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(SIMS Code: 111526)

All candidates for a degree in liberal arts and sciences must complete the graduation requirements listed in the section of this catalog on “Graduation Requirements .” No more than 48 units in classics courses can apply to the degree.

During their last semester, all seniors majoring in classics shall submit to the department a portfolio of their scholarly work that includes a 300-word summary of their study of the classics, the paper submitted for HUM 490 , and seminar presentation.

A minor is not required with this major.

Impacted Program

The classics major is an impacted program. To be admitted to the classics major, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Complete preparation for the major;
  2. Complete a minimum of 60 transferable semester units;
  3. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.

To complete the major, students must fulfill the degree requirements for the major described in the catalog in effect at the time they are accepted into the premajor at SDSU (assuming continuous enrollment).

Major Academic Plans (MAPs)

Visit for the recommended courses needed to fulfill your major requirements. The MAPs website was created to help students navigate the course requirements for their majors and to identify which General Education course will also fulfill a major preparation course requirement.

Emphasis in Classical Language

Preparation for the Major

(16 units)

Six Units from

Six units from any other lower division course offered in classics, or

Language Requirement

Majors in Emphasis in Classical Language require completion of six upper division units in a classical language in addition to lower division prerequisites.

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

See “Graduation Requirements ” section for a complete listing of requirements.

International Experience

The department encourages international experience for its majors. A student who has completed the Preparation for the Major may apply to the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome (ICCS) or an equivalent, approved program in Italy or Greece for a semester  abroad. Units taken during this semester abroad may apply toward the major if approved in advance by a department adviser.


A minimum of 30 upper division units to include

Upper Division Greek or Latin

12-18 units of upper division Greek or Latin

Three to Nine Units of Electives

Additional prerequisites may apply to upper division courses outside the department.

Three to nine units of electives in

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