The Department of Classics offers the following graduate degrees: a Master of Arts in Classics, with concentration in Greek or Latin, classical art & archaeology, classical antiquity or the teaching of Latin (MAT); and a Doctor of Philosophy in Classics.
The Department offers the MA in four tracks, each designed to address differing academic aspirations. Students are admitted to the program in any of these tracks, but retain the right to change their designation until the end of their second semester. Any change in degree track thereafter may only be made upon written petition and with the approval of the graduate committee. Students who elect into the Master of Arts in Classics, with concentration in Greek or Latin, pursue intensive training in Greek or Latin language and literature, often with the goal of advancing to further study in classics at the PhD level. Students who enter the Master of Arts in Classics, with concentration in classical art & archaeology, receive comprehensive and rigorous training in the art, architecture and archaeology of the ancient and classical worlds, often with the goal of advancing to further study in classical art and archaeology at the PhD level. Students with a concentration in classical antiquity are granted the greatest range of choice in course work and exams. While accommodating as much study of Greek, Latin and classical art and archaeology as the candidate desires, it also allows specialization in ancient history, religion or philosophy, or a more interdisciplinary approach incorporating, for example, museum studies or anthropology. The Master of Arts in The Teaching of Latin (MAT) is recommended for students wishing to pursue a career in teaching. Classes in the classics MAT program may be taken concurrently with classes in the School of Education.
The PhD in Classical Languages and Literatures is founded on mastery of Greek and Latin. It develops the student’s ability to pursue independent scholarly research through seminars and advanced work on special topics, all of which culminates with the dissertation.
Students take courses and seminars on major ancient authors and genres, Greek and/or Latin prose composition and such special topics as literary criticism, epigraphy, paleography and numismatics.
In addition to Greek and Latin language and literature, the department has strengths in ancient history and historiography, late antiquity, philosophy and Greek and Roman archaeology.