MA in Classics: Classical Archaeology


The M.A. in Classical Archaeology offers students the opportunity to focus their coursework in the archaeology and art history of the ancient Mediterranean world. This degree is recommended for students who intend to pursue further graduate work in classical archaeology or heritage management. Students intending to pursue study at the Ph.D. level, however, are advised to familiarize themselves with the admissions requirements of doctoral programs, especially for Greek and Latin, to ensure that they meet the minimum expectations of these programs: completing the minimum requirements of the M.A. degree will not satisfy the admissions requirements of all Ph.D. programs.

The M.A. program in Classical Archaeology is pursued through coursework which culminates in the writing of a MA Paper. This MA degree track requires 32 credit hours of coursework (NB the different number from the other M.A. degrees in Classics).

Course Requirements:

Credit Hours Requirement
1 Proseminar (CLA 5936)
9 3 survey courses in Classical art & archaeology (chosen from ARH 5111, 5119, 5125, 5140, 5160, 5161, 5174r)
6 2 seminars in Classical art & archaeology (CLA 5799r)
3 Fieldwork (CLA 5789) to be fulfilled
10 Additional elective coursework in the department, one of which must be a fourth-semester level language course
0 Comprehensive Exams (CLA 8961r)
3 M.A. Paper (CLA5919)


Ancient Language Requirements

M.A. students in Classical Archaeology must pass a fourth-semester level course in either Greek or Latin (usually LNW 5932 or GRW 5909), or show comparable proficiency through transcripts and diagnostic exams, and demonstrate the equivalent of one year’s study in the other ancient language. These language requirements should be regarded as minimum expectations: students are urged to continue study in both languages throughout their graduate career. LNW 5932 and GRW 5909, while they count toward fulfilling the language requirement for the Archaeology M.A., do not normally count as hours toward the fulfillment of the degree.


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