Classical Studies (Certificate)
Scratch the surface of the modern world and you'll find antiquity: ancient Greek and Latin language, the old myths and gods, classic literature, art and thought. With a classics certificate, your degree will have additional depth and value.
The classical studies program offers students a wide variety of opportunities to study the language, literature and culture of the ancient Greeks and Romans. The School of International Letters and Cultures offers a certificate in classical studies for those students interested in pursuing a classical education in conjunction with another major or as part of their general studies.
At a Glance: program details
- Location: Tempe campus
- Additional Program Fee: No
- Second Language Requirement: No
Graduates who have combined the certificate in classical studies with their major program of study may become more marketable to employers. They often decide to pursue employment in education, arts and humanities, tourism and hospitality or marketing.
Students interested in the classical studies certificate program must contact the coordinator of the certificate before being accepted into the program. Students should contact an academic advisor at the School of International Letters and Cultures for more information.
A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.
The certificate in classical studies requires a minimum of 18 credit hours. At least 12 credit hours must be at the upper-division level. All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or higher.
Language Requirement -- 6 credit hours
Students must complete two semesters of language courses in either Ancient Greek or Latin. (6-8)
Credit hours taken for the language requirement that exceed the required eight credit hours will be applied to ASU's 120 credit hour minimum.
ASU Language Placement: Only true beginners are eligible for 101-level courses. Students with previous experience in the language are required to take a language placement test.
Students who choose Greek must take a minimum of two semesters of language courses from the following list. The ASU Language Placement test determines what class students start with.
- GRK 101: Elementary Ancient Greek (4)
- GRK 201: Intermediate Ancient Greek (4)
- GRK 301: Ancient Greek Literature I (HU) (3)
- GRK 302: Ancient Greek Literature II (HU) (3)
- Notes: GRK 302 can be taken twice if needed to reach two semesters of credit. It may also be repeated to count toward the Classical Studies Electives Requirement.
Students who choose Latin must take a minimum of two semesters of language courses from the following list. The ASU Language Placement test determines what class students start with.
- LAT 101: Elementary Latin (4)
- LAT 102: Elementary Latin (4)
- LAT 201: Intermediate Latin I (HU) (4)
- LAT 202: Intermediate Latin II (HU) (4)
- LAT 421: Roman Literature (HU) (3)
- Notes: LAT 421 can be taken twice if needed to reach two semesters of credit. It may also be repeated to count toward the Classical Studies Electives Requirement.
Classical Studies Electives (choose four) -- 12 credit hours
- SLC 344 / LAT 344 / GRK 344: Classics and Comics (HU) (3)
- SLC 351 / GRK 351: Tales of Troy (3)
- SLC 352 / GRK 352: The Rise and Fall of Ancient Athens (3)
- SLC 353 / GRK 353: Alexander and His Empires (3)
- SLC 360 / LAT 360 / GRK 360 / HST 397: Greece and Rome at War (3)
- SLC 361 / LAT 361 / REL 361: Roman Religion (HU) (3)
- SLC 362 / GRK 362 / REL 360: Ancient Greek Religion (3)
- SLC 394 / LAT 394: Augustus and the Creation of the Roman Empire (3)
- SLC 394 / LAT 394 / GRK 394: Magic and Witchcraft in Antiquity (3)
- SLC 394 / LAT 394: Rome Before the Empire (3)
- SLC 444 / LAT 444 / GRK 444: Heroes, Ancient and Modern (L or HU) (3)
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.