Bachelor of Arts in Classics

Immerse yourself in the past, and explore the civilizations that helped shape our world today with the Bachelor of Arts in Classics in the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University. This 123-credit undergraduate degree program emphasizes the study of the cultures and languages of two major civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean world. 

As a Classics Major student, you’ll delve into the spoken and written word of ancient civilizations with the Classical Languages and Literature concentration, or broaden your understanding of the cultural, political and social conditions of Greek and Roman society with the Classical Civilizations concentration. Familiarize yourself with the ways in which people communicated and conducted themselves, their businesses, and their faith and family life. You’ll learn about the pioneers of human discovery who answered some of the biggest questions of their time, who led groundbreaking innovations, and whose stories still resonate today.

The Classics BA degree program’s interdisciplinary curriculum invites students to take a holistic approach to learning by covering several areas of study, including art, history, languages, literature and philosophy. In addition to curriculum requirements, students are encouraged to conduct research alongside faculty who are at the forefront of their fields and study away in the very places on which coursework subjects are focused. 

The strong liberal arts foundation students build in this program is invaluable for future careers in many organizations and industries, including academics, cultural institutions, government agencies or the social sciences.

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You can focus on Classics or you can take one of the following concentrations.

  • Classical Civilization

    Study the institutions and cities of ancient Greece and Rome; explore the meaning and function of art, gender, race and slavery in ancient times. Develop proficiency in Greek or Latin and read what ancient historians thought of their world.

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  • Classical Languages Literature

    Pursue in-depth study of Latin or Greek, and learn to read ancient texts in their original languages. Study abroad in Rome to experience the architecture, geography and topography that inspired the ancients. Analyze the plays, mythologies and treatises that form the foundation of our modern jurisprudence and social norms.

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Classes & Curriculum

The following are examples of required and elective courses in the Classics Major with a concentration in Classical Civilizations.

  • Ancient City: Periclean Athens
  • Early Medieval Visual Culture
  • Greek Drama and Culture
  • Introduction to the Ancient City
  • Roman Art and Archaeology
  • Romans and Their Literature
  • Topics in Classical Culture

The following are examples of required and elective courses in the Classics Major with a concentration in Classical Languages and Literature.

  • Ancient Greek 
  • Classical Greek and Roman Mythology
  • Comparative Mythology
  • Intellectual Heritage: The Good Life
  • Latin
  • Readings in Greek Literature

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Related Graduate Degrees

Certificate Programs

The College of Liberal Arts has 22 undergraduate certificate programs for you to expand your knowledge and diversify your Temple education. Certificates can complement degree programs, allowing you to specialize in an area and highlight your exposure to disciplines outside of your major.

4+1 College of Education Program

Students interested in teaching at the high school level can enroll in the 4+1 BA/MEd Accelerated Program for High School Latin Teachers. This program is offered by the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Education. It offers Classical Languages and Literature majors the opportunity to complete their undergraduate degree and a Master of Education in Secondary Education degree with one year of study beyond the BA.

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    Tuition & Fees

    In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Bachelor of Arts offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

    Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

    These tuition costs apply to the 2019–2020 academic year.

    Pennsylvania resident:  $16,080.00 per year
    Out-of-state: $28,992.00 per year


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