Ancient Languages and Cultures - MS, MA

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

About This Degree

The MA and MS in Ancient Languages and Cultures focus on the historical methods and ancient languages necessary to prepare students for admission to and success at doctoral programs in fields that require those skills. These fields include classics; ancient, medieval, and early modern history; religious studies; and related disciplines in literature, theology, divinity, philosophy, and art history. For students who wish to build on their undergraduate education in ancient languages and cultures, this degree offers a chance to gain access to premier universities and lay the foundation for a successful academic career.

What You Will Learn

Our classics faculty have specialties in ancient history, intellectual history and classical drama. Other faculty members participating in the program have specialties in Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, early modern Europe, as well as African, Latin American, and environmental history. Professors work with students individually to design a course of study tailored to the students’ needs.


At a Glance

College: College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Department: History Department

USU Locations:

  • Logan campus

Program Requirements

Career And Outcomes

Career Opportunities

The ALC program develops expertise in ancient languages and the discipline of history as well as broader skills in the liberal arts. Thus, the curriculum not only provides specialized academic training but also prepares students to work in a variety of fields after completing a PhD. In general, historical study develops one’s ability to investigate problems, identify reliable sources, analyze information, contextualize complex questions, and communicate conclusions in a clear and thoughtful manner.

Students who complete a master’s degree in Ancient Languages and Cultures and then go on to pursue a Ph.D in a related field can find work in: academic programs, historical societies, museums, archives and libraries and databases.

Job Outlook



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Receive personal attention in a selective program where you can study a variety of time periods and geographic areas in history.