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Ph.D. in Classics Curriculum

Thank you for your interest in the Ph.D. in Classics. The program has been placed on hiatus and will not be accepting applications at this time.

College-level proficiency in Greek and Latin is expected for admission to the Ph.D. in Classics. Students applying for the Ph.D. in Medieval Latin need not have college-level proficiency in ancient Greek.

The Ph.D. in Classical Philology

  • 10 courses beyond the master's requirements must be completed, of which at least four must be on Greek authors.
  • Courses in both Greek and Latin composition are required.
  • 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 another 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.

The Ph.D. in Medieval Latin

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