Structure of field exams

For each of the three exams the student works with a committee consisting of two members of the faculty in order to develop subjects for study, study questions, and, in the case of translation exams, a reading list of ancient texts. Each exam may be retaken once. If a student fails an exam a second time, he/she will be terminated in the program.

To advance to candidacy, Ph.D. students are required to pass field exams on two separate sub-areas of classical studies. The exam requirements are as follows.

 

Major Field

(either archaeology, history, or literature)

Minor Field

(either archaeology, history, or literature)

 

5 hour exam (2 hours in morning, 3 in afternoon)

3 hour exam

 

Primary Area

(Greek or Roman)

three hours

Secondary Area

(Greek or Roman)

two hours

Primary Area

(Greek or Roman)

two hours

Secondary Area

(Greek or Roman)

one hour

no. of questions prepared with advisors

5

3

3

2

no. of questions appearing on exam that student must answer

3

2

2

1

 

A student’s research focus—archaeology, history, or language and literature—will be his/her Major Field. The Minor Field will be one of the two remaining subjects. The student must select either Greek or Roman subjects as his/her Primary Area of the Major Field exam, and the other as his/her Secondary Area, and likewise for the Minor Field exam.