MA in Classics: Ancient History


The program in Ancient History offers students a historical focus, while also emphasizing a strong foundation in the methods and materials of the Classical world. This program is recommended for students interested in pursuing subsequent doctoral work in many areas of Classics or History; graduates will have the broad competencies needed for further study in all areas of Greek and Roman antiquity. Towards this end, students pursuing a Masters in Ancient History must meet language requirements in Greek and Latin. The focus of the program, however, is on historical interpretations of the ancient Mediterranean - what are sometimes divided into "history" and "historiography," but which collectively aim at furthering our understanding of past contexts and cultures. Emphasis is on the acquisition and refinement of the basic tools of our field, in addition to the exploration of new developments and models. This program requires a comprehensive exam in ancient history, passing a language exam in either Greek or Latin, and the writing of a Masters Paper.

This degree requires 33 credit hours of coursework as follows.

Credit Hours Requirement
1 Proseminar (CLA 5936)
12 Four courses at the 5000- or 6000-level in Greek or Roman History (at least one course must be a 6000-level seminar)
6 Two courses at the 5000- or 6000-level in Greek or Latin (at least one course must be a 6000-level seminar; one course must be on a historical author)
3 One Archaeology course (5000- or 6000-level)
8 Three additional courses (5000- or 6000-level) which may be based in related departments (students are encouraged to use at least one elective for further advanced language study of a historical author)
0 Translation Exam in Greek or Latin
0 Comprehensive Exam in Ancient History
3 MA paper (CLA 5919)

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