The classical studies certificate allows students to explore the literature, civilization, and culture of the ancient world. It is especially ideal for students drawn to Greek, Roman or Ancient Near Eastern society but less interested in language study.
Both the flexibility and variety are additional features that make the certificate attractive to students. Course options include topics in art, architecture, archaeology, history, literature, philosophy, and politics. Students are free to explore their individual interests on the way to developing a more comprehensive understanding of the ancient world.
Finally, in addition to completing requirements for the certificate, many of the courses fulfill General Education requirements, such as Communications Part B, and Breadth requirements, such as Humanities and Literature.
Declaring the classical studies certificate is as easy as meeting with the CANES advisor. Make an appointment today.
Please note: Classical humanities majors are not allowed to declare the certificate.
Requirements for the Certificate in Classical Studies
In order to receive the certificate in classical studies, students are required to complete:
|18 total credits in CLASSICS or select courses from related disciplines, chosen from the Course Lists below.||18|
6 credits may be numbered below 300
12 credits must be numbered 300 and higher
|Residence and Quality of Work:|
|Students must maintain a 2.000 GPA in all courses required for the certificate.|
|At least 9 credits for the certificate must be earned in residence.|
|CLASSICS 100||Legacy of Greece and Rome in Modern Culture||3|
|CLASSICS/HISTORY 110||The Ancient Mediterranean||4|
|CLASSICS 205||Greek and Latin Origins of Medical Terms||3|
|CLASSICS/ART HIST 300||The Art and Archaeology of Ancient Greece||3-4|
|CLASSICS/ART HIST 304||The Art and Archaeology of Ancient Rome||3-4|
|CLASSICS 320||The Greeks||3|
|CLASSICS 322||The Romans||3|
|CLASSICS/ITALIAN 350||Rome: The Changing Shape of the Eternal City||3-4|
|CLASSICS/GEN&WS 351||Women and Gender in the Classical World||3-4|
|CLASSICS 370||Classical Mythology||3|
|CLASSICS 371||Topics in Greek Culture||1-3|
|CLASSICS 372||Topics in Roman Culture||1-3|
|CLASSICS 373||Topics in Classical Culture||1-3|
|CLASSICS 376||Love Poetry of the Ancient Mediterranean||3|
|CLASSICS 379||Eureka! Technology and Practice in the Ancient World||3|
|CLASSICS 430||Topics in Classical Archaeology||3|
|CLASSICS/HISTORY/RELIG ST 517||Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean||3|
|CLASSICS 554||Classical Backgrounds to English Literature||3|
|CLASSICS 556||The Literature of Ancient Rome||3|
|CLASSICS/HIST SCI/HISTORY/MED HIST/S&A PHM 561||Greek and Roman Medicine and Pharmacy||3|
|CLASSICS 591||Undergraduate Seminar: Approaches to the Classical World||3|
|CLASSICS 602||The Ancient Mediterranean City||3|
|CLASSICS 150||Ancient Greek and Roman Monsters||3|
|CLASSICS/JEWISH/LITTRANS/RELIG ST 227||Introduction to Biblical Literature (in English)||4|
|CLASSICS/JEWISH/LITTRANS/RELIG ST 237||Biblical Poetry in Translation||3|
|CLASSICS/JEWISH 241||Introduction to Biblical Archaeology||4|
|CLASSICS 330||Ancient Epic||3|
|CLASSICS/HEBR-BIB/JEWISH/LITTRANS/RELIG ST 332||Prophets of the Bible||4|
|CLASSICS/JEWISH/RELIG ST 335||King David in History and Tradition||3|
|CLASSICS 340||Conspiracy in the Ancient and Modern Worlds||3|
|CLASSICS/JEWISH/RELIG ST 346||Jewish Literature of the Greco-Roman Period||3|
|CLASSICS/GEN&WS 361||Sex and Power in Greece and Rome||3|
|CLASSICS/JEWISH 451||Biblical Archaeology||3|
|CLASSICS/FRENCH/HISTORY/ITALIAN/MEDIEVAL 550||Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies in Medieval Civilization||3|
|CLASSICS 568||Topics in Classical Literature||1-3|
|CLASSICS 699||Directed Reading||1-3|
Courses in related disciplines
|ART HIST 201||History of Western Art I: From Pyramids to Cathedrals||4|
|ART HIST/CLASSICS 300||The Art and Archaeology of Ancient Greece||3-4|
|ART HIST 301||Myths, Loves, and Lives in Greek Vases||3-4|
|ART HIST 302||Greek Sculpture||3-4|
|ART HIST/CLASSICS 304||The Art and Archaeology of Ancient Rome||3-4|
|ART HIST 310||Early Christian and Byzantine Art||3-4|
|ART HIST 405||Cities and Sanctuaries of Ancient Greece||3|
|ART HIST 505||Proseminar in Ancient Art||3|
|HISTORY/CLASSICS 110||The Ancient Mediterranean||4|
|HISTORY/MEDIEVAL/RELIG ST 112||The World of Late Antiquity (200-900 C.E.)||4|
|HISTORY/RELIG ST 208||Western Intellectual and Religious History to 1500||3-4|
|HISTORY 303||A History of Greek Civilization||3-4|
|HISTORY 223||Explorations in European History (H) (Only the Roman Gladiators topic counts)||3-4|
|HISTORY 307||A History of Rome||3-4|
|History of Science|
|HIST SCI/MEDIEVAL 322||Ancient and Medieval Science||3|
|Integrated Liberal Studies|
|ILS 203||Western Culture: Literature and the Arts I||3|
|ILS 205||Western Culture: Political, Economic, and Social Thought I||3|
|PHILOS 430||History of Ancient Philosophy||3-4|
|PHILOS 454||Classical Philosophers||3|
|POLI SCI 265||Development of Ancient and Medieval Western Political Thought||3-4|
Certificate COMPLETION REQUIREMENT
This undergraduate certificate must be completed concurrently with the student’s undergraduate degree. Students cannot delay degree completion to complete the certificate.
- Gain knowledge of the ancient Roman, Greek, and Near Eastern civilizations.
- Gain competency with contemporary scholarly questions surrounding their historical significance and interpretation.
- Develop critical methodologies, including the ability to engage in source criticism and to approach ancient civilizations on their own terms.
How does the classical studies certificate fit into my educational goals?
While there are a wide variety of reasons to visit your major advisor, there seem to be two recurring questions:
1. Can I complete the certificate during the time I have left at UW?
2. Which classes will be offered in the future?
If you like to plan, seeing your advisor is very important; it can make the difference between fitting in Ancient Greek and Roman Monsters and Introduction to Biblical Literature before you graduate. Many students also try to complete more than one major or certificate, and discussing how you might be able to reach this goal is another primary role of your major advisor. Advisors can speak to you about course content, which courses fit best with your interest areas, and what kinds of courses might work best with your learning style—e.g., do you prefer multiple choice or essays? Any and all of these discussions can occur during your advising appointment.
In addition to discussing the major, advisors know a lot about:
- General Education requirements
- Breadth requirements
- Interpreting university policies and deadlines
- Connecting majors to careers
- Getting involved with campus organizations
- Finding volunteer and/or internship opportunities
- Talking about your challenges and difficulties
- Connecting with tutors
- Choosing a study abroad program
- Practicing for interviews
- Talking about graduate school
- Proofreading resumes and cover letters
Ready to meet with the CANES advisor? Make an appointment today.
For full faculty profiles, visit our website.
William Aylward: Greek and Roman archaelology
Jeffrey Beneker: Biography and historiography; Roman Republic
Jeffrey Blakely: Biblical and ancient Near Eastern archaeology
William Brockliss: Homer; Latin and Greek pedagogy
Alex Dressler: Ancient philosophy; gender and sexuality
Jeremy M. Hutton: Hebrew Bible; Northwest Semitics
Laura McClure: Greek literature; gender and reception studies
J C McKeown: Greek and Roman literature and culture
Grant Nelsestuen: Roman cultural history; Latin prose
Nandini Pandey: Latin poetry; Augustan culture
Vanessa Schmitz-Siebertz: Latin Instructor
Mike Vanden Heuvel: Theater and performance theory
Nicholas Cahill: Ancient Greek archaeology and art history
Emily Fletcher: Ancient Greek philosophy
Paula Gottlieb: Ancient Greek philosophy; ethics
Daniel Kapust: Roman political thought; rhetoric; political theory
Marc Kleijwegt: Roman and Greek history
Leonora Neville: Roman Empire (the Byzantine Empire) in the 9th-12th centuries
Jordan Rosenblum: Rabbinic Judaism; biblical interpretation; food and religion
Claire Taylor: Greek socio-economic history; Athenian democracy; epigraphic culture
Ronald L. Troxel
Bill Bach, Department Administrator
Toni Landis, Advisor/Student Services Coordinator