College of Arts and Sciences

Classical Studies

Graduate Program

The Department of Classical Studies at Indiana University offers graduate programs leading to the M.A. and PhD degrees. The M.A.T. in Latin along with secondary school certification is available through programs administered by the School of Education. Students entering with the B.A. only will be expected to complete the M.A. requirements before proceeding to the PhD; these requirements can be fulfilled by examinations either in Latin or in Greek, but the PhD involves work in both languages. Additionally, students working towards the PhD will include a minor component within their degree programs.


Our program offers courses in Greek and Latin at all levels, as well as a variety of classes in archaeological and cultural studies topics. Our curriculum also includes both introductory and advanced Medieval Latin. Surveys of Latin and of Greek Literature, offered in alternate years, guide students in preparing for the PhD exams in those areas. Composition courses in the respective languages are offered concomitantly. All students who plan on teaching in secondary school are expected to enroll in Latin Composition; composition classes in both languages are expected for PhD students. An 8-week proseminar given in alternate years introduces students to bibliographical resources in classical studies and provides a glimpse of such ancillary disciplines as numismatics and epigraphy. A course in Literary and Cultural Theory is required of PhD students. Proficiency requirements in Modern Languages can be fulfilled by summer study in relevant departments or by testing. The PhD minor, usually undertaken after the completion of reading examinations and Modern Language requirements, may provide amplified knowledge within related areas of classical study such as history or archaeology, or expanded methodological awareness through exposure to other disciplines. Among the possible choices are Art and Archaeology, Comparative Literature, Folklore, History, Linguistics, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Theater and Drama and special inter-departmental Minors in Ancient Studies, Medieval Studies and in Mythology.

Enrichment activities

Each academic year brings a number of outside lecturers to the campus, some under departmental auspices and others sponsored by the Program in Ancient Studies or the Archaeological Institute of America. The customary program for such visits allows opportunities for students to meet informally with the speakers. An important event on the calendars of recent years has been the annual pre-CAMWS colloquium in which students present papers-in-progress . The department's graduate students gather weekly for social activities and also enjoy getting together for special events through the year. Meetings of the departmental graduate student association offer an opportunity to raise issues of interest or concern.