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

18 credits are required, of which at least 12 must be numbered 300 and above: 1

12 credits from courses numbered 300 and higher:12-18
The Art and Archaeology of Ancient Greece
The Art and Archaeology of Ancient Rome
The Greeks
The Egyptians: History, Society, and Literature
The Romans
Ancient Epic
Prophets of the Bible
King David in History and Tradition
Conspiracy in the Ancient and Modern Worlds
Jewish Literature of the Greco-Roman Period
Rome: The Changing Shape of the Eternal City
Women and Gender in the Classical World
Sex and Power in Greece and Rome
Classical Mythology
Topics in Greek Culture
Topics in Roman Culture
Topics in Classical Culture
Love Poetry of the Ancient Mediterranean
Eureka! Technology and Practice in the Ancient World
Topics in Classical Archaeology
Biblical Archaeology
Biblical Archaeology
Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean
The Literature of Ancient Rome
Greek and Roman Medicine and Pharmacy
Topics in Classical Literature
Undergraduate Seminar: Approaches to the Classical World
The Ancient Mediterranean City
Directed Reading
Myths, Loves, and Lives in Greek Vases
Greek Sculpture
The Art and Archaeology of Ancient Rome
Cities and Sanctuaries of Ancient Greece
Proseminar in Ancient Art
A History of Greek Civilization
A History of Rome
Ancient and Medieval Science
History of Ancient Philosophy
Classical Philosophers
Up to 6 credits numbered below 300 may count (optional):0-6
Legacy of Greece and Rome in Modern Culture
The Ancient Mediterranean
Ancient Greek and Roman Monsters
Greek and Latin Origins of Medical Terms
Introduction to Biblical Literature (in English)
Introduction to Biblical Archaeology
History of Western Art I: From Pyramids to Cathedrals
The World of Late Antiquity (200-900 C.E.)
Western Intellectual and Religious History to 1500
Explorations in European History (H)
Western Culture: Literature and the Arts I
Western Culture: Political, Economic, and Social Thought I
Development of Ancient and Medieval Western Political Thought
Total Credits18


  • Minimum 2.000 GPA in all courses approved for the certificate
  • 9 credits in the certificate, taken in residence


This undergraduate certificate must be completed concurrently with the student’s undergraduate degree. Students cannot delay degree completion to complete the certificate.

  1. Gain knowledge of the ancient Roman, Greek, and Near Eastern civilizations.
  2. Gain competency with contemporary scholarly questions surrounding their historical significance and interpretation.
  3. 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 graduateMany 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
Hanna Golab: Hellenistic and Roman Imperial literature and cultural exchanges
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

Affiliate Faculty

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


Barry Powell
Patricia Rosenmeyer
Ronald L. Troxel


Bill Bach, Department Administrator
Toni Landis, Advisor/Student Services Coordinator