Major Requirements (SF State Bulletin: Degree Requirements)

Roadmap (SF State Bulletin: Roadmap)

GE Requirements (SF State Bulletin: General Education)

Major Department Website

Your major advisor answered a few questions to assist you with your first semester courses — see below.

General Information

What are some of the highlights and features to know about this major?
Classics was at the core of University curriculum before Universities existed, but is more relevant and valuable than ever in the modern world.  To study Classics is to explore the ancient cultures of the Mediterranean and Near East, including Egypt, to learn to read and translate ancient languages, to explore ancient literature, philosophy and art, and ultimately to be empowered by an understanding of the foundations of the modern world.  
The major is super flexible: countless combinations of history, art, archaeology, philosophy, ancient language, and literature are possible.
When should I first meet with my major department? The earlier the better: we encourage new students to meet with and advisor and/or the chair. This helps your degree to progress along the quickest possible route and will introduce you to our very active and inclusive student community.
How will I be assigned to a major advisor and how do I contact them? We do not assign specific advisors to specific students. All students may see any advisor. Often students finds a particular instructor to whom they feel connected and that person typically becomes the student’s main advisor, but it is also possible to get advice from all of the faculty advisors.
Where can I find information about major advising? (first two rows) lists tenure-track faculty/advisors.  A list of advisors and their office hours for the semester and phone/office # can be found posted outside HUM 377.
Does this major require any pre-work from me before I attend orientation or register for classes? None.
What should I do if my major core and/or prerequisite courses are full? Should that happen, please email the chair or the course instructor.  We always strive to make room for majors in our courses and have a nearly 100% success rate in accommodating them.
Is there anything else I need to know about starting in this major? While it is entirely possible to study Classics without formal study of Latin or ancient Greek, for graduate study of Classics and Classical archaeology, a solid grounding in these languages will be necessary.  It is therefore strongly recommended that students begin their studies in Latin or Greek at an early stage.  This particular pathway also provides the fastest route to graduation, opening access to the largest number of degree courses.  

Transfer Student Info

What upper division courses should I take in my first semester as a transfer student for this major? Gaining experience in the study of Classics through lower division courses is more important in the first semester, including broad survey courses such as CLAS 210, 230, 240, 280.  For those without experience in the ancient languages, LATN101 or GRE101 are highly recommended as first semester classes.
Are there any prerequisites to these upper division courses for the major? None.
Are there any registration blocks or holds in the system for this major, and if so, what do I do/who do I contact to clear them? None.
Does this major have an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) roadmap? No.

Freshmen Student Info

Are there any courses I should take first as a Freshman to get started in this major and/or are there any lower division GE course requirements that I can take that will also count toward this major?
If you are interested in study of ancient languages, you are encouraged to start either Latin or Greek in the first semester: LATN 101 and/or GRE 101.  Even if your interest is primarily in archaeology, art, or history, these languages are an important part of a foundation in Classics.
Other courses good for freshmen: CLAS 230 (Ancient Epic Tales), 240 (Greek and Roman Drama), 260 (Greek and Roman Mythology), 280 (The Ancient World in Film) and CLAR 250 (Archaeology of the Ancient World).  All these courses—the language and the CLAS/CLAR—also satisfy lower-division GE requirements!
Are there entry or prerequisite requirements for these Freshmen courses?


Can any of my AP or IB tests count toward requirements in this major? Students who pass the AP Latin Exam can get advanced placement in the LATN curriculum. We tailor the placement to the individual student.

College of Liberal & Creative Arts Advising Resource Center (ARC)

Services provided for: Undergraduate students pursuing a major, minor or certificate in the College of Liberal and Creative Arts.

Services offered: Academic planning, general education advising, academic probation advising, petition consultation, career prep and planning, major career exploration, graduation check (GE and graduation requirements), study abroad, connecting with communities and discovering campus resources.

Phone: (415) 338-1486
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