Ph.D. Program

For the Ph.D., the student specializes in one of three tracks: language and literature, ancient history, or Mediterranean archaeology. The requirements for each of these tracks are as follows:

Language and Literature

In order to earn the Ph.D. degree in the language and literature track the student must accomplish the following:

  • complete 72 credit-hours of course work (i.e., 42 credit-hours beyond the 30 credit-hours required for the M.A.);
  • complete four specific courses (only required for students entering without a classics M.A.): 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 one graduate seminar in both ancient Greek language and literature and Latin language and literature;
  • complete one graduate survey or one graduate seminar in each of the following three areas: ancient history, Mediterranean archaeology, linguistics or literary theory (The last may be taken outside the Department Classics.);
  • pass a translation exam in two modern languages (two of French, German, Italian, or modern Greek) (i.e., a translation exam in one language in addition to that passed for the M.A.);
  • pass a set of three general exams (see below for the format of these);
  • complete a dissertation.

Ancient History

In order to earn the Ph.D. degree in the ancient history track the student must accomplish the following:

  • complete 72 credit-hours of course work (i.e., 42 credit-hours beyond the 30 credit-hours required for the M.A.);
  • complete four specific courses (only required for students entering without a classics M.A.): 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 graduate courses sufficient to provide basic proficiency in two areas of ancient history (Greece, Rome);
  • complete one graduate seminar the two areas of ancient history;
  • complete one graduate course focusing on an ancient historian;
  • complete one graduate seminar in each of the following three areas: Mediterranean archaeology, historiography, history or anthropology outside the ancient period (The latter two may be taken outside the Department of Classics.);
  • pass a translation exam in two modern languages (two of French, German, Italian, or modern Greek) (i.e., a translation exam in one language in addition to that passed for the M.A.);
  • pass a set of three general exams (see below for the format of these);
  • complete a dissertation.

Mediterranean Archaeology

In order to earn the Ph.D. degree in the Mediterranean archaeology track the student must accomplish the following:

  • complete 72 credit-hours of course work (i.e., 42 credit-hours beyond the 30 credit-hours required for the M.A.);
  • complete four specific courses (only required for students entering without a classics M.A.): 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 one graduate survey course in each of two areas of Mediterranean archaeology (Greece, Rome).
  • complete two graduate seminars in each of the two areas of Mediterranean archaeology;
  • complete one graduate course in ancient Greek or Latin prose relevant to Mediterranean archaeology;
  • complete one graduate survey course or seminar in the archaeology of a culture area outside the Mediterranean (e.g., Sub-Saharan Africa, temperate Europe, North America, Meso-America) (This is usually taken outside the Department of Classics.);
  • complete one graduate seminar that emphasizes method and/or theory in and/or the history of archaeology (This may be taken outside the Department of Classics.);
  • complete one season (at least 6 weeks) of archaeological field work in an approved program;
  • pass a translation exam in two modern languages (two of French, German, Italian, or modern Greek) (i.e., a translation exam in one language in addition to that passed for the M.A.);
  • pass a set of three general examinations (see below for the format of these);
  • complete a dissertation.

NOTE: Students entering the Ph.D. program without an M.A. are required to complete the requirements for the M.A., including final acceptance of the M.A. project paper, by the first day of classes in the fall of their third year. Students who fail to do so will be placed on academic probation, resulting in the inability to register for classes or check out library materials.