CU Classics Graduate Handbook

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  1. Degrees Offered
    CU Classics offers the following graduate degrees:
  2. Entrance Requirements
    A Baccalaureate Degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (=B) is required for admission to the M.A. program.  A Baccalaureate Degree or Master's Degree (or their equivalents) in Classics or a related field from an accredited university is required for admission to the Ph.D. program.  Students who have obtained an M.A. from this department and wish to proceed toward the Ph.D. must re-apply for admission to the Ph.D.
  3. Residence Requirements
    At least two semesters or three summer sessions in residence are required for the M.A. At least six semesters in residence beyond the attainment of a Baccalaureate Degree are required for the Ph.D., though two semesters of residence credit may be allowed for a Master's Degree from another institution. 
  4. Credit Requirements
    Students must complete 30 credit hours of graduate (5000 level or above) coursework, at least 21 of which must be taken at CU Boulder. At least 24 credit hours of coursework must be taken in Classics; courses outside the department must be approved by the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies. Students may earn the MA degree in classics through coursework alone; a thesis is optional. Up to 9 semester hours of credit toward the M.A. may be transferred from another institution or from the University of Colorado's ACCESS program; under certain circumstances, students having obtained a Baccalaureate Degree from this University may transfer up to 9 hours of residence credit at the 5000-level toward the M.A. No more than 21 semester hours of coursework from another institution may be transferred toward the Ph.D. Credit will not be transferred until the student has established a satisfactory record of at least one semester of graduate study in residence.
  5. Graduate Proseminar
    All incoming graduate students in Classics are required to take a one-semester non-credit proseminar in the fall semester of their first year. This proseminar meets once a week and is organized by the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies.  Each faculty member who is present that semester holds one meeting; topics to be covered will include various aspects of the field and of the profession, as well as particular research skills.