University of California, Irvine

School of Humanities

Classics - PhD


UC Irvine Graduate Division

University of California

Irvine, CA 92697

United States


(949) 824-5544


(949) 824-7993

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

PhD in Classics

Format: Campus

Program Description:

UC Irvine's Department of Classics offers a program of study leading to the PhD in Classics.  Since 1998, the Department has participated in the UC Tri-Campus Program which is an innovative program bringing together faculty members in Classics and related disciplines from the three southernmost University of California campuses; i.e., UC Irvine, UC Riverside, and UC San Diego). The Tri-Campus Program is hosted by the UC Irvine campus and features a rich curriculum and program of study that unites the main currents of modern literary, cultural, and social-scientific theory with the traditional skills and methodologies of Classical philology.

The aim of the Tri-Campus Program is to provide an educational environment for pursuing a graduate career in Classics that is closely integrated into the main currents of humanistic and social scientific scholarship. The Program's faculty recognizes that today and in the future teachers of the Classics must possess and develop expertise beyond the standard specialties of the traditional Classics Ph.D. degree.

To achieve these goals, the Program and curriculum are designed around five principles:

  • Study the ancient texts & objects in their wider social, cultural, & historical contexts.
  • Bring the culture of the ancient Greeks & Romans into the purview of contemporary literary & sociological theory.
  • Examine the reception of ancient literature & culture by later cultures and the appropriation of the ancient world by the modern world.
  • Pay particular attention to the intersections of Greek & Roman society & culture with each other & with the other cultures of the ancient world.
  • Utilize to the fullest the potential of new computing technologies a


Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities

International Student Requirements:

Applicants of recognized academic institutions outside the United States should have completed degree programs representing a minimum of 16 years of schooling with at least 12 years at the primary and secondary levels. International applicants are also required to submit TOEFL or IELTS test scores along with their application. TOEFL/IELTS scores are required for an applicant who is not a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident and whose primary language is not English. (This requirement is waived only when you have attended an upper learning institution for at least 2 years and have received a degree in the U.S.) (UC Irvine's TOEFL Institution Code: 4859)

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: Tuition assistance is available through student loans

Locale: Midsize City

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