• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #301 (ARWU) Columbia, SC, United States
Do you want to explore the impact that ancient civilizations had on our modern world? Explore ancient languages and their impact on linguistics? Hone your analytical skills? Then the Classics major at the University of South Carolina is right for you. 
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Why Study Classics at the University of South Carolina?

Classics is an interdisciplinary major by definition. Throughout your studies, you'll gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of art, language, literature, history and politics, while developing your analytical and writing skills. 

Learn from native speakers, benefit from innovative Web-based programs where you can interact directly with peers in other countries and study with professors who have literally written the books you use in your courses.

What to Expect

As a classics major, you will receive a high degree of individual attention and mentoring from a faculty of distinguished scholars. In the context of a major research university, the program provides wider connections to many other disciplines including a nationally ranked comparative literature graduate program, an innovative interdisciplinary group that studies classics in contemporary perspective, a strong history department and exposure to international scholarships.

You will develop important skills including precision, analysis, awareness of cultures other than your own, historical perspective and an improvement of written and oral expression in English. As a classics major, you will choose a concentration in ancient Greek, Latin or classical studies. 


While a major in classics primarily prepares students for a career in teaching, the broad range of courses in the departments of art history, comparative literature, history, philosophy and religious studies allows for broad application of this degree.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Classical Mythology
  • Greek and Latin Literature in Translation or Great Books of the Western World 
  • Greek History and Civilization to 146 B.C.; the History of Rome, 753-27 B.C.; or the Roman Empire, 27 B.C.-480 A.D.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Fill out the University's application form completely.
  • There is a $100 non-refundable application fee for international students. Access our online application to begin.
  • Submit your official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic Test scores.
  • Submit all official (or attested) high school transcripts.

Studyportals Tip: Students should consider taking one of the Pre-Bachelor's below. these courses will be necessary if:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills

Tuition Fee

  • International

    33523 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 33523 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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33,523 - 37,740 USD

Living costs for Columbia

  • 999 - 1510 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


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