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Classics Department Graduate Handbook
CU Classics offers the following graduate degrees:
Master of Arts in Classics, with concentration in:
Doctor of Philosophy in Classics
CU Classics offers the M.A. in four tracks, designed to address differing academic aspirations. Students are admitted to the program in any of these tracks, but retain the right to change their designation until the end of their second semester. Any change in degree track thereafter may only be made upon written petition and with the approval of the Graduate Committee.
- Master of Arts in Classics, with concentration in Greek or Latin. Students who elect this track will pursue intensive training in Greek or Latin language and literature, often with the goal of advancing to further study in Classics at the Ph.D. level.
- Master of Arts in Classics, with concentration in Classical Art & Archaeology. This track offers comprehensive and rigorous training in the art, architecture, and archaeology of the ancient and classical worlds, often with the goal of advancing to further study in Classical Art and Archaeology at the Ph.D. level.
- Master of Arts in Classics, with concentration in Classical Antiquity. This track allows the greatest range of choice in coursework and exams. While accommodating as much study of Greek, Latin, and classical art and archaeology as the candidate desires, it allows specialization in ancient history, religion, or philosophy, or a more interdisciplinary approach incorporating, for example, Museum Studies or Anthropology.
- Master of Arts in Classics, with concentration in Teaching of Latin. This track is recommended for students wishing to pursue a career in teaching. Classes in the program may be taken concurrently with classes in the School of Education. To learn more about certification, talk to the Graduate Advisor and the Latin Program Coordinator.
The Ph.D. in Classical Languages and Literatures is founded on mastery of Greek and Latin, develops the student’s ability to pursue independent scholarly research through seminars and advanced work on special topics, and culminates with the dissertation.
Students take courses and seminars on major ancient authors and genres, Greek and/or Latin prose composition, and such special topics as literary criticism, epigraphy, paleography, and numismatics.
In addition to Greek and Latin language and literature, the department has strengths in ancient history and historiography, late Antiquity, philosophy, and Greek and Roman archaeology.