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The classical archaeology major has been growing in popularity in recent years. One of the Department of Classics' many advantages is a strong archaeology faculty, which allows the department to maintain a robust curriculum of classical civilization courses centered on archaeology of the Greek and Roman world. Students in the major take at least three of these courses, along with other approved courses in classical civilization, ancient history and classical civilization, or art history. Special attention is given to practical experience such as fieldwork and applied methodologies in the field and lab. Students acquire at least a junior-level competency in either Latin or Greek.

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 a classical archaeology major must first meet with a classics 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 classical archaeology degree plan to see all required courses for the classical archaeology major in the College of Liberal Arts. For additional information, view major requirements and CA course descriptions. Classical archaeology majors must fulfill a field work/study abroad requirement in order to gain direct, hands-on experience in an authentic archaeological environment.

What can I do with this major?

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Classical archaeology majors love to learn about Greek and Roman culture through the discovery and interpretation of physical things. This often translates into a passion for fieldwork, which the program encourages by ensuring that almost all students spend some time in a summer archaeology project. They are interested in group projects, research, and history.


Classical archaeology majors develop a broad understanding of classical culture comparable to that of our majors in ancient history and classical civilization, but with an added emphasis on solving and interpreting practical problems encountered in real archaeological situations.