M.A. Program

In order to earn the M.A. degree, Classics track, students must:

  • complete 30 credit-hours of course work (including required courses)
  • complete four core courses: CL 527 History of Greek Literature, CL 590 Greek Syntax and Stylistics, CL 538 History of Latin Literature, CL 595 Latin Syntax and Stylistics;
  • complete an M.A. project or pass an M.A. exam;
  • pass a translation exam in one modern language (either French, German, Italian, or modern Greek)*

Students should be able to complete these requirements either by the end of their second academic year in the program or by the end of the following summer.

The M.A. project normally takes the form of a research paper ca. 30-50 pages in length written under the direction of a member of the faculty selected by the student. It is read and evaluated by that same and one additional member of the faculty. In many cases the project represents the further development of a paper that the student has written in a seminar course. The M.A. exam is a three-hour written exam on a topic that the student selects in consultation with a member of the faculty. The exam is read and evaluated by that same and one additional member of the faculty.

*A translation exam is administered twice a year in each of the four modern languages recognized by the program. This consists of a written exam three hours in length in which the student is required to translate two passages relating to some classical topic from the language in question into English. For one of the passages the student may make use a dictionary and for the other he/she may not. Students may retake the exam as many times as they need to in order to pass it. Students may pass one part of the exam and retake only the other part, in which case they must complete the exam in no more than 90 minutes.