BA International Letters and Cultures (Classical Civilization)

Knowing the past gives a new perspective on the present. Once you have experienced the myths, history and culture of ancient Greece and Rome, you'll always see the big picture. The long-term thinking and distinctive viewpoint of the classical civilization graduate is prized in education, business, law and creative fields.

Program Description

Classics is a transdisciplinary field that includes the study of the literature, art, history and philosophy of the ancient Greeks and Romans, subjects which fueled the Renaissance and have continued to provide an intellectual foundation for innovative and influential people ever since.

ASU's BA program in international letters and cultures with a concentration in classical civilization provides a thorough grounding in the culture and history of the ancient Greeks or Romans while allowing students to satisfy their language requirement. The program begins with two cores: an introduction to ancient Greek and Roman literature (read in English translation) and knowledge of ancient history. With that basis, students are allowed to build a program to meet their needs and interests. Among the variety of topics students pursue are:

  • ancient history, war, politics and economics
  • archaeology of the ancient Mediterranean world
  • art and architecture of the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans
  • mythology and religious practices of the Greeks and Romans
  • thought of figures such as Plato, Aristotle and Lucretius
  • use of the classics in today's film, books and other media

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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus
  • Additional Program Fee: Yes
  • Second Language Requirement: Yes
  • First Required Math Course:
  • Math Intensity: General program math intensity general

Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

Freshman Transfer International Readmission

Transfer Options

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Change of Major Requirements

A current ASU student has no additional requirements for changing majors.

Students should refer to for information about how to change a major to this program.

Flexible Degree Options

Accelerated program options

This program allows students to obtain both a bachelor's and master's degree in as little as five years.
It is offered as an accelerated bachelor's and master's degree with:

Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. During their junior year, eligible students will be advised by their academic departments to apply.

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Career Outlook

College graduates with a degree in classical civilization have the valuable experience of studying a culture that is very different from the modern world yet lies at the root of it. This gives them a perspective that serves them well in a variety of disciplines. Classical civilization graduates may consider careers in:

  • business
  • film, television or multimedia
  • K-12 education
  • law
  • public service
  • writing and editing (fiction, journalism, technical writing)

Additional education may be required for some career fields.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

High School Teacher

  • Growth: 3.8%
  • Median Salary*: $62,870


  • Growth: 2.6%
  • Median Salary*: $63,100

Intelligence Officer

  • Growth: 1.1%
  • Median Salary*: $86,940


  • Growth: 3.4%
  • Median Salary*: $141,080

Law Clerk

  • Growth: 3.4%
  • Median Salary*: $57,510


  • Growth: 4.0%
  • Median Salary*: $126,930

Legal Court Hearing Officer

  • Growth: 0.3%
  • Median Salary*: $97,520


  • Growth: 7.7%
  • Median Salary*: $66,130
Green Occupation   Bright Outlook


  • Growth: 20.0%
  • Median Salary*: $52,330
  Bright Outlook

World Language Professor

  • Growth: 5.7%
  • Median Salary*: $69,920
  Bright Outlook

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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Global Experience

With over 250 programs in more than 65 countries (ranging from one week to one year), study abroad is possible for all ASU students wishing to gain global skills and knowledge in preparation for a 21st-century career. Students earn ASU credit for completed courses, while staying on track for graduation, and may apply financial aid and scholarships toward program costs.

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