The Associate Chair for Graduate Studies (ACGS) advises Classics graduate students and prospective students individually. Current students meet with the ACGS each semester to discuss their progress towards meeting the requirements for their degree.

The ACGS helps them with choosing courses, finding mentors, and answering any questions they may have about the department or their plans for the future.

New graduate students in Classics take a one-semester non-credit proseminar in the fall semester of their first year. The proseminar meets once a week and is organized by the ACGS. Each faculty member who is present that semester holds one session; topics to be covered include various aspects of the field and the profession, as well as particular research skills and career advice.