Brandeis University

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Classical Studies - Ancient Greek and Roman Studies


415 South Street, MS 084

Waltham, MA 02453

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A. - Ancient Greek and Roman Studies

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Whether your goals include job enhancement or eventual doctoral study, we encourage you to learn more about Brandeis' program in Classical Studies, located just outside of Boston with its world-renowned academic resources -- an ideal location for internships, research, and career opportunities. As part of the Boston Area Graduate Consortium, Brandeis students are welcome to take advantage of the curricular opportunities at several area schools. Studying on the Bay of Naples and participating in excavations in Italy and Greece are some of the enriching extra-curriculars available to Ancient Greek and Roman Studies students. Our Classical Artifact Research Collection provides a wealth of hands-on research opportunities of over 800 ancient artifacts, ranging from the ancient Mediterranean cultures to the Middle East, including: Greek, Cypriot, Roman, Assyrian, Egyptian, Byzantine, Hurrian, Hittite, Syrian, and Persian. Generous scholarships are available. Most of our master’s students receive sizable scholarships in the form of merit- and need-based aid. Brandeis offers a one-year full time Master’s program with two track options: The Ancient Greek and Roman Civilizations track (track 1) focuses on classical art and archaeology, Greek and Roman history, courses in classical literature in translation, and classical mythology. This track is designed for students wishing to further their grounding in classical studies in a non-foreign language based program. The Greek and Latin Languages and Literatures track (track 2) focuses on Greek and Latin philology, languages, and literature. This track is designed specifically for students with a Bachelor’s degree that already comprises serious undergraduate training in the classical languages (ancient Greek and Latin). Brandeis also offers a 5-course Certificate program in Ancient Greek and Roman Studies which exposes students to humanistic, artistic, religious, political, social, and scientific perspectives of a variety of ancient cultures, with an emphasis on the Greeks and Romans. Several aspects of both master's degree tracks involve experiential learning. Students can participate in fieldtrips to various local Boston area museums for projects, have the opportunity to work in Brandeis' Classical Studies Artifact Research Center (CLARC), learn to improve verbal and written skills, understand aesthetic creativity within the ancient world, consider the problems of historical and archaeological preservation, gain insight into archival documentation of antiquity, learn digital technologies, and gain expertise in visual media related to the ancient world (slides, digital databases, web resources). Students may also choose to participate in an archaeological excavation. We have developed relationships with excavations in Italy, Greece and Spain, so that our graduate students can participate in such fieldwork as part of their work for the master's degree. Students in both tracks are exposed to the Greeks and Romans through humanistic, artistic, social, political, economic and even scientific perspectives. Through a variety of possible electives students can explore, by way of comparison, other ancient cultures as well.


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Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: A variety of loan programs, including the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan and the TERI Continuing Education Loan, may be available to Graduate Professional Studies students who meet this criteria.

Locale: Midsize Suburb

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