Classical Studies Major Declaration

While classical studies does not have an official qualification policy, it should be noted that the major requires the successful completion of upper division coursework in ancient Greek and/or Latin language literature. Students who are unable to successfully complete the introductory sequence in elementary ancient Greek or Latin language (or equivalent) will not be able to advance to the upper-division coursework required for this major.

Students are permitted to declare the classical studies major at any time but are encouraged to do so only after they have successfully completed the lower-division sequence in elementary ancient Greek or Latin language (or equivalent).


I. Create a Classical Studies Major Plan of Study

  1. Copy a Classical Studies Major Planning Worksheet to your UCSC Google Drive.
  2. Add your completed, in-progress, and planned 2020-2021 classical studies courses to your major planning worksheet.
    1. Use the 2020-2021 Classical Studies Courses list to identify classics courses you'd like to take in Fall 2020, Winter 2021, and Spring 2021.

Major requirements that you intend on completing after Spring 2021 may be left blank on your worksheet.

II. Meet with the Classical Studies Director

Share your completed major planning worksheet with Classical Studies Undergraduate Director Martin Devecka. Meet with Professor Devecka during their office hours to review and discuss your proposed plan of study. You may be advised to modify your plan to achieve greater breadth or concentration. Obtain Professor Devecka's signature on your Classical Studies Major Planning Worksheet.

III. Submit Your Classical Studies Major Plan

Share your approved Classical Studies Major Planning Worksheet with Classical Studies Undergraduate Adviser, Stephanie Sawyer (sawyer@ucsc.edu). Make sure the "Notify people" box is checked!

You are now officially declared!

OPTIONAL: Double Major or Minor Declaration

To declare a double major or a minor, you must also complete a Petition for Major/Minor Declaration and a UCSC Academic Planning Form with both of your major/minor advisers.

The UCSC Academic Planning Form is a quarter-by-quarter course plan that helps you keep track of and complete your major/minor requirements by your planned quarter of graduation. UCSC Academic Planning Forms, pre-filled with the classical studies major requirements, may be found in the Classical Studies Major Planning Worksheet you copied to your UCSC Google Drive. Look for the "4 Year Academic Plan," "3 Year Academic Plan," and "2 Year Academic Plan," page tabs located near the bottom of your browser window.

If you are not declared in any major, email your Petition for Major/Minor Declaration to Classical Studies Undergraduate Adviser Stephanie Sawyer at the same time you share your Classical Studies Major Planning Worksheet (Step III). Stephanie will contact you by email with further instructions on how to proceed with declaring your second major or minor.

To add classical studies as a second declared major, meet with your first major adviser to update your Petition for Major/Minor Declaration and UCSC Academic Planning Form before proceeding to declaration Step III. Your Petition for Major/Minor Declaration and UCSC Academic Planning Form must be reviewed and approved by your first major adviser within the last academic quarter before you may finalize your classical studies major declaration.


Major Declaration Deadlines

Students who enter UCSC as frosh are required to declare a major before enrolling in their third year (or equivalent). Upper division transfer students are required to declare a major by their second term at UCSC. Consult the UCSC Academic and Administrative Calendar for the quarterly "Declaration/Change of Major/Minor" deadline. Students who do not declare a major by the aforementioned deadlines will not be able to enroll in their classes for the following term.

Questions about declaring the classical studies major? Contact the Classical Studies Undergraduate Adviser.