PhD in Classics

 

The Department offers the PhD in Classics, with programs in Classics (ancient history, philology, literary criticism) and in Classical Archaeology. Students holding the BA who wish to do doctoral level work in the Department may apply directly to the PhD program or may apply from the MA program.

Requirements

The PhD requires thirty (30) semester hours of course work beyond the MA, at least twelve (12) semester hours of which must be at the 6000 level. Each program requires a series of comprehensive examinations.

The program in Classics requires: reading list examinations in Greek and Latin; demonstration of proficiency, by exam or through course work, in Greek and Roman history; detailed examinations in Greek and Latin literature; a special author examination; a special field or topic examination; an examination in an interdisciplinary topic. Doctoral students must complete and successfully defend a dissertation that makes an original contribution to scholarship.

The program in Classical archaeology requires: a reading list examination in either Greek or Latin; demonstration of proficiency, by exam or through course work, in Greek and Roman history; examination on a topic in Bronze Age or Greek archaeology; examination on a topic in Etruscan or Roman archaeology; a special field or topic examination; an examination in an interdisciplinary topic. Doctoral students must complete and successfully defend a dissertation that makes an original contribution to scholarship.

Comprehensive and translation exams will ordinarily be given during one week of each term: in the fall term, it will be the second week in November; in the spring term, it will be the week following the spring break.

PhD Reading Lists

[Note: the lists have been revised for students entering in 2008/9]

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