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Classical Languages and Civilization


Degree Requirements

The Department offers a broad range of courses in the languages, literatures, and history of Greece and Rome, and in the literature of the mediaeval period. It is also a member of a Graduate Classics Consortium with the City University of New York (CUNY) and New York University (NYU) in which each institution offers a number of graduate courses each semester. This arrangement enables Fordham graduate students to choose from a wide variety of course offerings each semester, use the libraries of the other universities, and consult with their faculty.

Applicants must have a minimum of 24 undergraduate credits in Greek and Latin. The Department accepts part-time students in both the M.A. and Ph.D. programs; the specifics of part-time programs are arranged with the Department Chair on an individual basis. Students are accepted initially for the M.A. but may apply for transfer directly to the Ph.D. program upon completion of 30 hours of course. If the transfer is approved, a M.A. comprehensive examination is not required, and the M.A. is awarded in cursu upon completion of the first three parts of the Ph.D. comprehensive examinations. 

Master of Arts (MA) Program

For the M.A., 10 courses must be successfully completed. The degree may be taken in Greek, Latin, or in Greek and Latin. There is a Greek or Latin composition requirement, normally fulfilled by taking GREK 5211 or LATN 5211, unless exempted by examination. The candidate must demonstrate competency in either French, German, or Italian. There is no thesis, but the student must pass written comprehensive examinations in translation and history of literature after completing the above requirements. 

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Program

 For the Ph.D. in classical philology, 10 courses beyond the M.A. requirement must be successfully completed, of which at least four must be graduate-level courses in Greek authors. Students must complete courses in both Greek and Latin composition. Competency in a second modern language must be demonstrated; one of these languages must be German. After completing all course work, the student must pass comprehensive examinations in Greek and Latin translation and the history of Greek and Latin literature, as well as two special areas. The special areas are normally a Latin and Greek author, but one area may be a topic in ancient art, archaeology, history or other pertinent field. Reading lists for the comprehensive examinations provide for a Greek major/Latin minor or a Latin major/Greek minor. Following the doctoral comprehensives, students devote themselves to the writing of the dissertation.

For the Ph.D. in mediaeval Latin, the student must pass comprehensive examinations in classical Latin and mediaeval Latin translation, history of literature, and special areas. The dissertation will treat some aspect of mediaeval Latin literature or the transmission of classical Latin literature in the Middle Ages. Other requirements are the same for the Ph.D. in classical philology, except that only two graduate-level Greek courses are required.

Fordham University is a contributing member of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and the American Academy in Rome. Graduate students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the opportunities afforded by these institutions.

For descriptions of recent courses please visit Fordham’s Online Course Catalog or review on program website.

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