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Classical Languages and Literature


Programs in classical languages and literature focus on the spoken and written traditions of ancient Greece and Rome.

Classical languages and literature programs teach students about a variety of topics.

Classical languages and literature programs include topics such as:


In classical languages and literature programs, students may be able to specialize in:


Many colleges and universities offer bachelor’s degrees in classical languages and literature. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Several universities offer graduate degrees in classical languages and literature. A master’s degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor’s degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master’s degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Graduate Program Courses

Graduate study in classics typically includes:

Things to Know

Many people who earn this degree pursue further graduate study, work in museums, or become teachers.

Most programs allow you to focus your studies on classic civilization or classical language and literature. If you choose to focus on classic civilization, you still take introductory Greek and Latin courses. However, most of the ancient texts you read will be translated to English.

Most programs offer specializations in Latin or Greek language and literature. Some programs also offer courses in Sanskrit.

Many programs coordinate semester or study abroad programs.

Many programs encourage you to double major. Many people combine their classics studies with literature, history, anthropology, philosophy, and second languages.


East Side Area

Wenatchee Valley College

Whitman College

King-Snohomish Area

Seattle Pacific University

University of Washington - Seattle

Spokane Area

Gonzaga University

Tacoma Area

University of Puget Sound

West Side Area

Evergreen State College, The

Grays Harbor College