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 using Starfish.
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|
ART HIST 301
ART HIST 302
ART HIST 304
ART HIST 405
ART HIST 505
HIST SCI 322
|Up to 6 credits numbered below 300 may count (optional):||0-6|
ART HIST 201
POLI SCI 265
Courses taken Pass/Fail do not count in the certificate.
rESIDENCE & QUALITY OF WORK
- Minimum 2.000 GPA in all courses approved for the certificate
- At least 9 credits in the certificate, taken in residence
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.
- Demonstrate knowledge of ancient Greek, Roman, and Near Eastern societies and cultures.
- Demonstrate competence in the critical methodologies of textual and material analysis with a view to social and cultural interpretation.
- Compare and critique ancient Greek, Roman, and Near Eastern societies and cultures to demonstrate intercultural competence and ethical reasoning.
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 using Starfish.
Please visit the Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies website for a complete list of faculty, instructional, and academic staff.