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classical studies


The Department offers a master of arts degree under three headings: in Latin, in Greek, and in Classics (Latin and Greek together). Students typically come to these programs to prepare themselves either for entry into a Ph.D. program elsewhere, or for a career in teaching at the secondary level.


Each degree requires a combination of course work, independent study, and comprehensive examinations; for the M.A. degree a thesis option is also available, with departmental permission. The M.A. degree requires 30 credits, all within the department. Candidates for any degree are required to complete a departmental reading list, which varies to suit the several degrees, and to pass both written and oral examinations. They are also required to demonstrate the ability to read a modern foreign language, usually French or German, with a dictionary.


Upon completion of the M.A. graduates should be able to:

  • Translate without any dictionary as aid passages in Greek and Latin from a comprehensive reading list.
  • Describe the significance of an ancient text to other works by the same author.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the importance of ancient texts or passages to broader developments in the literature and history of Greece and Rome.
  • Incorporate research written in one modern foreign language into analysis and interpretation of ancient texts.
  • Prepare seminar research papers using relevant literature (ancient and modern) and appropriate research methods.
  • Present seminar and other research papers in classroom or conference settings.
  • Teach ancient languages in secondary schools.
  • Apply for admission to Ph.D. programs in Classical Philology or Ancient History.

Financial Aid and Student Life

Limited scholarship aid is available, chiefly in the form of tuition remission. One teaching assistantship, which carries a stipend in addition to free tuition, is usually reserved for a second-year student.

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Further Information

For more detailed information on each program, including the appropriate reading list, select the degree in which you are interested:

M.A. in Classics

M.A. in Greek

M.A. in Latin

Electronic application forms for the M.A. degree(s) (M.A. in Classics, Greek, and Latin) are available directly from the Graduate School.

For additional information please contact:

Professor Gail Hoffman
Classical Studies
Graduate Program Director

Professor Kendra Eshleman
Department Chair

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