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 courses

CLASSICS 100 Legacy of Greece and Rome in Modern Culture3
CLASSICS/​HISTORY  110 The Ancient Mediterranean4
CLASSICS 150 Ancient Greek and Roman Monsters3
CLASSICS 205 Greek and Latin Origins of Medical Terms3
CLASSICS/​JEWISH/​LITTRANS/​RELIG ST  227 Introduction to Biblical Literature (in English)4
CLASSICS/​JEWISH  241 Introduction to Biblical Archaeology4
CLASSICS/​ART HIST  300 The Art and Archaeology of Ancient Greece3-4
CLASSICS/​ART HIST  304 The Art and Archaeology of Ancient Rome3-4
CLASSICS 320 The Greeks3
CLASSICS 322 The Romans3
CLASSICS 330 Ancient Epic3
CLASSICS/​JEWISH/​RELIG ST  335 King David in History and Tradition3
CLASSICS 340 Conspiracy in the Ancient and Modern Worlds3
CLASSICS/​JEWISH/​RELIG ST  346 Jewish Literature of the Greco-Roman Period3
CLASSICS/​ITALIAN  350 Rome: The Changing Shape of the Eternal City3-4
CLASSICS/​GEN&WS  351 Women and Gender in the Classical World3-4
CLASSICS/​GEN&WS  361 Sex and Power in Greece and Rome3
CLASSICS 370 Classical Mythology3
CLASSICS 371 Topics in Greek Culture1-3
CLASSICS 372 Topics in Roman Culture1-3
CLASSICS 373 Topics in Classical Culture1-3
CLASSICS 376 Love Poetry of the Ancient Mediterranean3
CLASSICS 379 Eureka! Technology and Practice in the Ancient World3
CLASSICS 430 Topics in Classical Archaeology3
CLASSICS/​JEWISH  451 Biblical Archaeology3
CLASSICS/​JEWISH  452 Biblical Archaeology2
CLASSICS/​HISTORY/​RELIG ST  517 Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean3
CLASSICS 420 Ancient Texts, Modern Contexts3
CLASSICS 556 The Literature of Ancient Rome3
CLASSICS/​HIST SCI/​HISTORY/​MED HIST/​S&A PHM  561 Greek and Roman Medicine and Pharmacy3
CLASSICS 568 Topics in Classical Literature1-3
CLASSICS 591 Undergraduate Seminar: Approaches to the Classical World3
CLASSICS 602 The Ancient Mediterranean City3
CLASSICS 699 Directed Reading1-3

Courses in related disciplines

Art History
ART HIST 201 History of Western Art I: From Pyramids to Cathedrals4
ART HIST/​CLASSICS  300 The Art and Archaeology of Ancient Greece3-4
ART HIST 301 Myths, Loves, and Lives in Greek Vases3-4
ART HIST 302 Greek Sculpture3-4
ART HIST/​CLASSICS  304 The Art and Archaeology of Ancient Rome3-4
ART HIST 310 Icons, Religion, and Empire: Early Christian and Byzantine Art, ca. 200-14533
ART HIST 405 Cities and Sanctuaries of Ancient Greece3
ART HIST 505 Proseminar in Ancient Art3
HISTORY/​CLASSICS  110 The Ancient Mediterranean4
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 15003-4
HISTORY 303 A History of Greek Civilization3-4
HISTORY 223 Explorations in European History (H) (Only the Roman Gladiators topic counts)3-4
HISTORY 307 A History of Rome3-4
History of Science
HIST SCI/​MEDIEVAL  322 Ancient and Medieval Science3
Integrated Liberal Studies
ILS 203 Western Culture: Literature and the Arts I3
ILS 205 Western Culture: Political, Economic, and Social Thought I3
PHILOS 430 History of Ancient Philosophy3-4
PHILOS 454 Classical Philosophers3
Political Science
POLI SCI 265 Development of Ancient and Medieval Western Political Thought3-4


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
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
Ronald L. Troxel


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