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Master's Degree Program in Ancient Greek and Roman Studies

Man with Scroll
Man with Scroll, Museum, Grottoes of Catullus, Sirmione (Photo Credit: Susan Bonvallet, 1997), courtesy of the VRoma Project.

The Department of Classical Studies offers a unique two-track master's degree program in Ancient Greek and Roman Studies through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS). The program has an excellent record for students gaining funded acceptances to PhD programs across the country.

The Ancient Greek and Roman Civilizations track (Track 1) is an interdisciplinary degree for practicing professionals that covers many aspects of classical civilization. This track is especially suited for students interested in elementary and secondary school education, but it also provides serious preparation for advanced graduate training in areas such as Classical Archaeology, Ancient History or Anthropology.

For those wishing to pursue a Ph.D. in classics or classical studies at another institution, the Greek and Latin Languages and Literatures track (Track 2) offers rigorous preparation in ancient Greek and Latin languages and literatures.

The Curriculum

Both tracks of the master's degree in Ancient Greek and Roman Studies require a total of eight courses (taken over a period of one to four years, depending on the candidate's needs and availability) from a selection of regularly offered undergraduate courses offered by the Department of Classical Studies, one of which must be the Capstone Course (CLAS 250B). The Capstone Course is offered every two years and is taught consecutively by department faculty on the methodologies, perspectives and theories in the field of classical studies.

Students gain insight into Homeric scholarship, Vergilian studies, historiography and new methods and research in such areas as classical archaeology, anthropology, epigraphy, Greek and Roman history, Greek and Roman art, and Greek and Roman technology. Special graduate level requirements are imposed on master's degree candidates within regular undergraduate courses. Students must achieve a grade of "B" or better to "count" these eight courses towards the degree. Students may take one or more courses per semester.

Several aspects of both master's degree tracks involve experiential learning. Students can participate in fieldtrips to various local museums for projects, have the opportunity to work in the Classical Studies Artifact Research Center (CLARC), learn to improve verbal and written skills, understand aesthetic creativity within the ancient world, consider the problems of historical and archaeological preservation, gain insight into archival documentation of antiquity, learn digital technologies, and gain expertise in visual media related to the ancient world (slides, digital databases, web resources).

Students may also choose to participate in an archaeological excavation (with approval from our faculty). We have developed relationships with excavations in Italy, Greece and Spain, so that our graduate students can participate in such fieldwork as part of their work for the master's degree. To gain graduate credit for such summer experience, the department offers the Directed Study course (CLAS 251A) to be taken in the semester following the summer experience.

Students in both tracks are exposed to the Greeks and Romans through humanistic, artistic, social, political, economic and even scientific perspectives. Through a variety of possible electives students can explore, by way of comparison, other ancient cultures as well.