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.

Program Description

The classical studies program offers students a wide variety of opportunities to study the language, literature and culture of the ancient Greeks and Romans. It is ideal for those students interested in pursuing a classical education in conjunction with another major or as part of their general studies.

This program is offered by The School of International Letters and Cultures.

Career Opportunities

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.

Contact Information

School of International Letters and Cultures | LL 440 | 480-965-6281

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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus
  • Additional Program Fee: No
  • Second Language Requirement: No

Program Requirements

Requests to declare this certificate are reviewed by the academic advisor in the academic unit offering the certificate. Students may be contacted to discuss the certificate prior to the addition of the certificate to the student record.

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.

Enrollment Requirements

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.

Ancient Greek

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.


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.

Classical Studies Electives (choose four) -- 12 credit hours

Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

Program Contact Information

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