Degree Requirements

Master of Arts: Degree Requirements

  • Diagnostic examinations in Greek and Latin
  • Modern language exam in French, German, Italian, or modern Greek
  • Graduate coursework totalling 30 credit hours and including the following:
    History of Literature (2 courses, 2 ancient languages)
    Syntax and Stylistics (2 courses, 2 ancient languages)
  • An examination (on a special topic or special author) or an independent research project.

Doctor of Philosophy: Degree Requirements (see further detail under Ph.D. program tab to left)

  • RCR training  must be completed prior to applying for candidacy
  • Modern language examinations (total of two, including the exam for the MA) in German or French (Italian or modern Greek may be substituted for French in the case of students concentrating on Roman or Greek studies)
  • Graduate coursework totalling 72 credit hours (42 hours beyond the M.A.) in one of the three concentrations distributed as follows:
    Ancient History
    • Graduate courses in ancient history to provide proficiency in Greece, and Rome
    • Graduate seminars in Greece, Rome)
    • Graduate seminar in archaeology
    • Graduate seminar that focuses on historiography (may be taken in classics or history)
    • Graduate seminar or course on a Greek or Roman historian
    • Graduate seminar in history or anthropology outside the ancient period.
    • At least one graduate seminar in Greek language and literature
    • At least one graduate seminar in Latin language and literature
    • One graduate survey or one graduate seminar in ancient history
    • One graduate survey or one graduate seminar in archaeology
    • One graduate course or seminar in linguistics or literary theory (may be taken outside the classics department in comparative literature, English, or a modern language).
    • Graduate-level survey courses in the archaeology of Greece, Rome. Sufficient background in one of these areas may exempt a student from that part of the requirement
    • Two graduate seminars in at least two of the major concentrations
    • A graduate course on Greek or Latin prose relevant to the study of archaeology
    • Survey course or seminar in the archaeology of one culture area outside the Mediterranean (e.g., Africa, European prehistory, North or South America)
    • Seminar that emphasizes method, theory, and history in archaeology (may be taken in classics or anthropology)
    • At least one summer of fieldwork in a previously approved program.
Sub-Field General Examinations

(must be passed before presenting thesis colloquium):

  • 5 hours major field
  • 3 hours minor field-either literature or archaeology
  • Two part translation exam in Greek and Roman historians, each part two hours
  • 5 hours major field
  • 3 hours minor field-either history or archaeology
  • Two-part translation exam in Greek and Roman literature, each part two hours
  • 5 hours major field
  • 3 hours minor field-either literature or history
  • 2 hours translation-prose selections from texts (including inscriptions) important to archaeology
  1. Each exam will be set and evaluated by a committee of at least 2 faculty members.
  2. The form of the exam will be determined by the committee.
  3. The student will meet with the committee in advance of the exam to discuss the form and procedure for the exam.
  4. Once the exam is scheduled, the student is responsible for having the exam form signed and filed with the departmental secretary in charge of graduate folders. Copies will be provided by the secretary for the Director of Graduate Studies, the student, and the members of the committee.
  5. All exams are to be taken in the department, and time limits are to be respected. Five hour exams will be divided into two sessions, but both must be taken on the same day.
  6. A student who fails to pass all or part of the sequence of exams may repeat the part or sequence once.
  • Thesis colloquium:
    After completing all examinations, advancing to candidacy, and forming a dissertation committee, each Ph.D. candidate makes a detailed presentation about the project to a departmental colloquium open to all faculty and students. The presentation should include a description of dissertation goals, a review of the current state of scholarship on the topic, a description of research procedures, and a statement of anticipated results. The formal presentation is followed by questions and discussion from the department.
  • Thesis:
    A paper copy of the dissertation must be filed with the Department secretary two weeks prior to the date of the dissertation defense. Dissertation colloquia and defenses should take place within the fall and spring academic semesters and exam periods only. All dissertation colloquia and defenses are scheduled by the Director of Graduate Studies, who is responsible for ensuring that they meet these criteria.
  • Oral defense of dissertation.