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Classical Studies Courses

Classical Studies students at the Getty Villa.

Course offerings are constantly changing. Please refer to the Schedule of Classes for the most up-to-date listing.
* Indicates course may be petitioned for credit

Fall 2019

LTGK 1 – Beginning Greek (4) (Jacobo Myerston). Study of ancient Greek, including grammar and reading.

LTLA 1 – Beginning Latin (4) (Kourtney Murray). Study of Latin, including grammar and reading.

PHIL 31 – Introduction to Ancient Philosophy (4) (Georgios Anagnostopoulos). A survey of classical Greek philosophy with an emphasis on Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, though some consideration may be given to Pre-Socratic and/or Hellenistic philosophers.

LTLA 100 – Introduction to Latin Literature (4) (Kourtney Murray). Reading and discussion of selections from representative authors of one or more periods. Review of grammar as needed. Prerequisites: LTLA 3 or equivalent.

PHIL 100 – Plato (4) (David Brink). A study of Socrates and/or Plato through major dialogues of Plato. Possible topics include the virtues and happiness; weakness of the will; political authority and democracy; the theory of Forms and sensible flux; immortality; relativism, skepticism, and knowledge. May be repeated for credit with change of content and approval of instructor.

HIEU 103 – Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (4) (Geoff Nathan). This course discusses the history of imperial Rome and its successor states between the second and seventh centuries AD. It considers whether the Roman Empire fell or if one should instead speak of Roman continuity amidst political and religious change.

LTGK 104 – Greek Prose (4) (Page duBois). Readings in Greek from ancient Greek prose. May be taken for credit four times as topics vary. Prerequisites: LTGK 1, 2, and 3.

PHIL 110 – History of Philosophy: Ancient (4) (Georgios Anagnostopoulos). An examination of ancient Greek philosophy, focusing on major works of Plato and Aristotle.

HIEU 116B – Greece and the Balkans in the Age of Nationalism (4) (Thomas Gallant). This course examines the history of Greece and the Balkans (1683–1914). Topics covered: social and economic development in the eighteenth century, nationalism, independence wars, state-nation formation, interstate relations, the Eastern Question, rural society, urbanization, emigration, and the Balkan Wars. Students may not get credit for both HIEU 116B and HIEU 117A.

HIEU 122 – Ancient Greece 1600-400 BC (4) (Denise Demetriou). This course treats the history of the Greek world from the Mycenaeans to the aftermath of the Peloponnesian War. It focuses on the rise of the polis, the development of the Athenian democracy and imperialism, and the Peloponnesian War.

HIEU 160 – Topics in Ancient Greek History. Greek Religion and Society. (4) (Denise Demetriou). Selected topics in ancient Greek history. May be taken for credit three times. Prerequisites: upper-division standing and department approval required.

Winter 2020


Spring 2020


Petitioning Courses

In any given semester there are likely classes offered (special topics courses, new courses, seminars), not listed above, that will count toward this major or minor through petition. In order for a course to be eligible for petition 50% of the course content must be related to a student's major or minor field of study.

To petition a course students need to:

  1. Fill out an Undergraduate General Student Petition (PDF)
  2. Gather supporting documentation (syllabi, course descriptions, and/or written student work)
  3. Turn in the completed Undergraduate General Student Petition and supporting documentation to the CAESAR Programs Coordinator.

Undergraduate Courses

Below is a listing (by department) of all the courses that have been approved to count toward the completion of the Classical Studies major. For description of courses listed below, see appropriate departmental listing in the UC San Diego General Catalog.

Classical Studies

CLAS 196A-B Honors Thesis


HIEU 102 The Roman Republic

HIEU 103 The Roman Empire

HIEU 104 Byzantine Empire

HIEU 104AThe Byzantine Empire, 3rd–7th Centuries* 

HIEU 104B The Byzantine Empire, 7th–11th Centuries*

HIEU 104C The Byzantine Empire, 11th–15th Centuries*

HIEU 105 The Early Christian Church

HIEU 106 Egypt, Greece, and Rome*

HIEU 106GS Constantinople: Imperial Capital*

HIEU 108S Sex and Romance in the Ancient World*

HIEU 112S Ancient Explorers*

HIEU 114GS Athens: A City in History*

HIEU 122 Ancient Greece from the Bronze Age to the Peloponnesian War*

HIEU 123 Ancient Greece from Classical Athens to Cleopatra*

HIEU 160 Topics in the History of Greece

HIEU 161/261 Topics in Roman History

HIEU 199 Independent Study in Greek and Roman History

HIEU 260. Topics in Ancient Greek History* 

HINE 171 – Topics in Early Judaism and Christianity*


HUM 1 The Foundations of Western Civilization: Israel and Greece

HUM 2 Rome, Christianity and the Medieval World

HUM 3 Renaissance, Reformation, and Early Modern Europe


LTGK 1-2-3 Beginning and Intermediate Greek

LTGK 101 Greek Composition*

LTGK 102 Greek Poetry

LTGK 103 Greek Drama

LTGK 104 Greek Prose

LTGK 105 Topics in Greek Literature

LTGK 198 Directed Group Study

LTGK 199 Special Studies

LTLA 1-2-3 Beginning and Intermediate Latin

LTLA 100 Introduction to Latin Literature

LTLA 102 Latin Poetry

LTLA 103 Latin Drama 

LTLA 104 Latin Prose

LTLA 105 Topics in Latin Literature

LTLA 198 Directed Group Study

LTLA 199 Special Studies


LTWL 100 Mythology

LTWL 106 Classical Tradition

LTWL 158A Topics in the New Testament

LTWL 158B Topics in Early Christian Texts and Cultures

LTWL 158C Topics in Other Christianities

LTCS 180 Programming for the Humanities*

Making of the Modern World

MMW 11. Pre-history and Ancient Foundations*

MMW 12. Classical and Medieval Traditions*


PHIL 31 Introduction to Ancient Philosophy

PHIL 100 Plato

PHIL 101 Aristotle

PHIL 102 Hellenistic Philosophy

PHIL 110 History of Philosophy: Ancient

PHIL 199 Independent Study

Political Science

POLI 110A Citizens and Saints: Political Thought from Plato to Augustine

Visual Arts

VIS 120A Greek Art

VIS 120B Roman Art

VIS 120C Late Antique Art

Graduate Courses


HIGR 260 Topics in the History of Greece


LTCO 210 Classical Studies

LTGK 297 Directed Studies

LTGK 298 Special Projects

LTLA 297 Directed Studies

LTLA 298 Special Projects


PHIL 210 Greek Philosophy

PHIL 290 Directed Independent Study