Doctor of Philosophy in Classics

Students must complete 72 points (including the 32 required for the M.A.) of course work, of which 36 points must be completed in residence. The following courses (or equivalent substitutes) must be passed: Greek Rhetoric and Stylistics: Composition, CLASS-GA 1011, Latin Rhetoric and Stylistics: Composition, CLASS-GA 1012, and both the Latin survey sequence, Latin Literature: Origins, Republic, CLASS-GA 1003, and Latin Literature: Imperial Period, CLASS-GA 1005, and the Greek survey sequence Greek Prose Literature, CLASS-GA 1009, and Greek Poetry from Homer Through the Hellenistic Period, CLASS-GA 1013; in addition students must take one course from each of the following areas: (1) a graduate course in Greek or Roman history and (2) a course in archaeology or ancient art history; and at least two courses in fields outside Classics. Each student will complete at least 8 research papers (min. 5000 words) in connection with the chosen graduate seminars. Students must also pass two modern language examinations chosen from German (mandatory) and French or Italian before taking their qualifying exams. It is expected that the student’s program will be as follows:

Translation diagnostics will be done in the summer before first term or at the latest upon arrival. A faculty advisor evaluates and discusses the results with the student. During the first year students will be engaged in course work, including one Literature survey in Greek or Latin, which are offered in alternate years and weekly sight reading (required for those with low language skills as identified in the diagnostic; optional for others; no credit). Students may also take one or more modern language examinations in their first year. Finally, students must pass the Greek and Latin translation examinations based on the current reading list, given in May before the end of term. Passing does not exempt students from taking the second year of the Literature survey. Students may opt to take these exams in their second year. Students failing an exam may retake it the following September.

In the second year, students will continue with coursework, including the second literature survey. If not taken in the first year, students must pass their two modern language examinations. Students will also take the Greek and Latin translation examinations if not passed in the first year.

During the third year, students will complete any remaining coursework and take their qualifying exams. The qualifying exams are made up of 3 components: (1) four general field exams (written essays) in four of the following six fields, chosen by the student, to be taken over the period of two weeks in the September of the third year. Students failing any exam retake it at the beginning of the following spring semester. The fields are: Greek Literature, Roman Literature, Greek History, Roman History, Greek and Roman Archaeology, and Greek and Roman Thought (Religion, Philosophy, Science). No field is required. Reading lists for each of these examinations will be supplied to the students by the faculty administering the individual exams. Field exam reading lists include primary and secondary literature. The examiners will write questions that may include supporting passages in Greek and Latin drawn from the translation exam or the field exam reading list. (2) A special field exam (oral) geared towards the dissertation topic, based on a reading list that includes both primary and secondary reading developed by the student in consultation with the future dissertation advisor (who should also be the examiner). This exam should lead to the proposal defense and may be taken any time during the third year, or in conjunction with the dissertation proposal defense. (3) The student submits a dissertation proposal to a committee consisting of the dissertation advisor and at least two other members of the Classics Department faculty. After review, the student circulates the proposal to the departmental faculty as a whole. An oral presentation must be scheduled before the committee and any interested member of the graduate faculty and the proposal approved by the end of the spring semester of the third year. The dissertation proposal has the following components: an abstract (100-200 words); a prose proposal (25-35 pages excluding the bibliography) which contains: (a) a definition of problem, (b) a review of earlier scholarship (including methodological approaches), (c) contribution of the dissertation to field, and (d) a work plan (including special requirements, such as archival research or travel); a chapter outline (one page); and a bibliography (at least two pages).

In the fourth year, students conduct dissertation writing and research. Normally one chapter should be completed within six months of the proposal defense.  Students are required to attend the dissertation workshop, meeting regularly throughout the fall and spring semesters. The workshop must be attended for as long as the student remains in residence.

During the fifth year, students will continue with dissertation writing and research in preparation for the defense of the dissertation. The dissertation must demonstrate a sound methodology and must provide a scholarly study of a special field, making an original contribution to that field. When the dissertation is completed and has been approved by the dissertation advisor and one other reader, who is selected (usually) from the faculty of the Classics Department by the candidate and his or her dissertation advisor, an oral defense is scheduled. The defense takes place before a committee of at least five faculty members; the dissertation advisor and the reader chosen by the advisor and the candidate must be among these five. One person chosen from the faculty of another university may read the dissertation and serve as the fifth person on the defense committee.