Classical Studies Overview

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2020-2021, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2020. Access the catalog of record at

The Classical Studies Minor

The classical world was the crucible in which Christianity and the western artistic, literary, philosophical, and political traditions were formed. The classical studies minor is an interdisciplinary academic program that provides students with an opportunity to supplement their major with a structured and directed program of study in the histories, religions, cultures, languages, and societies of Greco-Roman antiquity. It is designed to help students develop a nuanced and sophisticated understanding of the Greek, Hellenistic, and Roman civilizations of the Mediterranean (ca. 750 BC–ca. AD 500), and in so doing to enrich their understanding of themselves, their major, and the Catholic tradition.

There are two options for fulfilling the Classical Studies Minor, the first of which focuses on ancient languages and the second of which focuses on ancient history and culture.