General Exams

One of the main aims of the general exams is to assist the student in the development of a dissertation topic. The general exams are structured as follows for each of the three tracks:

Language and literature:

major field (five hours); minor field (either ancient history or Mediterranean archaeology; 3 hours), translation (ancient Greek literature; 2 hours; Latin literature; 2 hours)

Ancient history:

major field (five hours); minor field (either language and literature or Mediterranean archaeology; 3 hours), translation (Greek and Roman historians; 2 hours Latin, 2 hours Greek)

Mediterranean archaeology:

major field (five hours); minor field (either language and literature or ancient history; 3 hours), translation (ancient Greek and/or Latin texts relevant to Mediterranean archaeology; 2 hours)

Students in the ancient history and Mediterranean archaeology tracks who wish to specialize in the history or archaeology of the ancient Near East can substitute either ancient Hebrew or Akkadian for ancient Greek or Latin for their translation exam.

Guidelines for translation exams in ancient Greek and Latin.

Structure of field exams