Our program offers courses in Greek and Latin at all levels, as well as a variety of classes on archaeological and cultural 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 Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. students. An 8-week pro-seminar, offered in alternate years, introduces you 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 also required of Ph.D. students. Proficiency requirements in Modern Languages may be fulfilled by summer study in relevant departments or by testing.
The Ph.D. 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, Theatre and Drama and special inter-departmental Minors in Ancient Studies, Medieval Studies, and Mythology Studies.
We also offer an external minor for students pursuing a graduate degree outside of our department.