Classics / Undergraduate Study

Classical Civilization BA

Capstone Major

The civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome have made important contributions to the political, social, artistic, and intellectual development of the Western world. The purpose of the Classical Civilization major is to provide students with a formal and balanced introduction to the historical and cultural experiences of the ancient Greeks and Romans. The program of study is structured, yet not rigid. Lower-division survey courses and requirements in elementary language study, ancient history, and classical art establish an essential background of knowledge, while electives encourage individual and specialized interests. The program offers a broad range of courses in the fields of language, literature, history, mythology, religion, philosophy, art, and archaeology. The major serves as excellent and rewarding preparation for a professional career in medicine, law, business, journalism, communications, or the arts.

Learning Outcomes

The Classical Civilization major has the following learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrated specific skills and expertise, including research, analysis, and writing
  • Identification and analysis of appropriate ancient sources, material evidence, and other primary documents appropriate to the field
  • Engagement with peers through presentation, discussion, and critique of student work
  • Conception and execution of a project that identifies and engages with a specialized topic
  • Working knowledge of scholarly discourse relative to a specialized topic

Preparation for the Major

Required: Classics 10, 20, Greek 3 or 16 or Latin 3 or 16, and two courses from 30, 40W, 41W, 42, 51A, 51B, 60, 88GE.

Transfer Students

Transfer applicants to the Classical Civilization major with 90 or more units must complete as many of the following introductory courses as possible prior to admission to UCLA: one classical Greek culture course, one Roman civilization course, and one course in Greek or Roman literature in translation, classical mythology, or classical archaeology.

Refer to the UCLA transfer admission guide for up-to-date information regarding transfer selection for admission.

The Major

Required: (1) Ten upper-division courses in the department (courses in related fields not offered by the department may be substituted by petition and with approval of the undergraduate adviser) — no more than three may be selected from Greek 100 through 133 or Latin 100 through 133, and Classics 198A and 198B may be applied as only one course toward the major and (2) one capstone seminar (Classics 191). All other courses in the 190 series may be substituted only by petition.