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Graduate Programs: Introduction to Degrees

  Piazza San Pietro, Rome
   Piazza San Pietro, Rome

Welcome to the graduate section of the Department of Greek and Latin!  The department offers four graduate degree programs: the MA in Greek and Latin, the MA in Greek, the MA in Latin, and the PhD in Greek and Latin.  The strong foundations that we provide in the ancient languages--and their literatures, from Homer to the Middle Ages--form the background to all that we do, and to all that we want to help our students accomplish.

The MA in Greek and Latin consists of 30 credit hours of graduate-level coursework in both ancient languages and related fields, a modern language exam in French or German, comprehensive exams in translation and literary history, and the submission of two approved research papers written for classes or seminars.  This 'bilingual' MA is the program that the department recommends for students who already know that they are planning professional careers in classics, whether in the university world, in archaeology, or in museum work; it provides the strongest preparation for a future PhD.

The MA in Greek consists of 30 credit hours of graduate-level coursework in Greek and related fields, a modern language exam in French or German, comprehensive exams in translation and literary history, and the submission of two approved research papers written for classes or seminars.  This is the MA program that the department recommends for students who plan to pursue future work in areas such as Byzantine studies or the history of eastern Christianity.  Although the study of Latin is not required in this program, the department recommends that it be incorporated as it pertains to a student's individual academic goals.

The MA in Latin consists of 30 credit hours of graduate-level coursework in Latin and related fields, a modern language exam in French or German, comprehensive exams in translation and literary history, and the submission of two approved research papers written for classes or seminars.  This is the MA program that the department recommends for students who plan to pursue teaching at the secondary level.  Although the study of Greek is not required in this program, many students elect it nevertheless, and the department encourages this choice.

The PhD in Greek and Latin consists of a total of 60 credit hours of graduate-level coursework.  PhD students first complete the MA in Greek and Latin (30 hours + all exams and research papers).  They then pursue an additional 30 credit hours of classes and complete a second modern language exam (either German or French, whichever language was not passed for the MA), a three-part doctoral comprehensive examination, and a dissertation.

In the doctoral program there is a special focus on the late antique period and on postclassical Greek and Latin, and a requirement that PhD dissertations focus on a late antique or medieval Latin topic.  This is in contrast to the MA programs, whose emphases are classical.