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Ph.D. in Classics

Candidates for the Ph.D. degree in the program offered by the Department of Classics must comply with the general regulations of the School of Graduate Studies and the specific regulations listed below.

Admission to the Program:

Applicants for the Ph.D. Program in Classics may be admitted if they are graduates with either a grade of at least A- in at least two half courses or distinction in an approved thesis of an M.A. Program in Classics or Classical Studies (with sufficient Greek and Latin), taken at this University or of equivalent programs taken at other universities. Graduates of other programs may be admitted in exceptional cases. Applicants without sufficient preparation may be admitted with the requirement that they complete extra prerequisite courses.

Program Requirements:

The general requirements for the Ph.D. degree appear earlier in the Calendar. A grade of at least B- is required in all courses and in Special Areas examinations.

Requirements for the Ph.D. degree are:

  1. Four appropriate graduate half courses. These are the minimum requirements; candidates may be requested by their supervisor to take additional courses;
  2. One comprehensive examination in each of Greek and Latin translation;
  3. A language examination to demonstrate reading knowledge of two of the following languages: German, French, Italian; exemption from these tests may be granted to candidates who have completed equivalent tests at this or other universities;
  4. Two comprehensive examinations, covering special areas of Greek and Latin literature or Ancient History or Classical Art and Archaeology; these are to be assigned by the supervisory committee in preparation for the thesis;
  5. A thesis proposal approved by the Department with an oral defense;
  6. Any other requirement established by the Department on admission;
  7. A satisfactory thesis on an approved topic;
  8. An oral examination to defend the thesis.