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The ancient history and classical civilization (AHC) major, offered through the Department of Classics, provides the broadest possible exposure to ancient Mediterranean civilization. Study of these dynamic and influential societies is exciting in its own right and valuable also for the historical perspective it contributes to understanding our world today. A typical AHC major takes at least four courses in Greek and Roman history, two additional courses in other pre-modern civilizations, and several others in classical civilization on such topics as archaeology, mythology, and religion. Students will also gain a solid grounding in either Latin or Greek language and literature. AHC majors are encouraged to study abroad to further enrich their study of this field.

Students following the 2014-16 Undergraduate Catalog who are interested in ancient history should follow the classical studies major.

Declare This Major

Undergraduates currently enrolled at UT who wish to declare an ancient history and classical civilization major must first meet with a departmental advisor. Making an appointment in advance is recommended. There is no formal application process, but students with over 60 hours completed may need to appeal to declare the major. For more information, visit the student affairs page on how to declare a major.

Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

Required Courses

Visit the ancient history and classical civilization degree plan to see all required courses for the AHC major in the College of Liberal Arts. For additional information, view major requirements and AHC course descriptions.

What can I do with this major?

Wondering how you'd turn this major into a career? Remember: your major does not always determine your career path. Career counseling and assessments at the Vick Center can help you explore.

Major ≠ Career

Graduates with this major pursue many different careers, depending on their interests and experiences. Make yourself more marketable by complementing this major with part-time work, volunteering, internships, a certificate program, or graduate school.

Experience + Degree = Career

The Career Service Offices in your college can help you with internships and jobs. They work closely with employers to help students prepare for career opportunities. Read a few inspiring stories by professionals whose experiences led to great careers.


AHC is one of the Classics Department's most popular majors, as indicated by the wide diversity of students who choose it. Students in this major tend to have broad interests and a strong commitment to the humanities, but their personalities and career tracks are extremely diverse.


Students in the AHC major learn how to interpret political, cultural, and social history through the kinds of evidence available to Classical scholars, particularly literature and archaeology. Most students fulfill their language requirement within the major, and some graduate with senior-level skills in either Greek or Latin.