Coursework Requirements

Candidates for the Ph. D. usually take four classes each semester in the first year, and three in the second and third years, when they are also teaching undergraduate classes. The core of our graduate training is the two graduate seminars in Greek and Latin, taught by the faculty in the department each semester.

There are six required classes:

  1.     The Classical Studies Proseminar, to be taken in the first semester
  2.     The Classical Studies Prospectus Workshop, to be taken in the spring of the third year
  3.     The Greek Text: Language and Style (Greek 540)
  4.     The Latin Text: Language and Style (Latin 540)
  5.     Greek Literary History (Greek 541)
  6.     Latin Literary History (Latin 541)

Greek 540 and Latin 540 address the question, What do we need to read texts in Greek/Latin? In these courses we read just one prose text and one poetic text, or a very limited number of texts and passages, with a focus on language and formal analysis (such as diction, grammar, stylistics, metrics, rhetoric, textual criticism). A range of exercises will be used to develop this, including composition, lexical studies, recitation, memorization, exegesis, written close-readings, and sight-translation.

In Greek 541 and Latin 541 we survey an extensive range of readings in a variety of authors in both prose and poetry, and consider the problems and opportunities for composing a literary history.

In addition to regular courses, during fall of the second year, students must enroll in the Language Pedagogy Workshop (CLST 598) in conjunction with teaching their first course in Latin or Greek. The Workshop meets for one hour per week and is coordinated by the faculty supervisor of the language program. The Workshop is intended to serve as a forum for discussing course-plans and pedagogical theories and strategies, collaborating on course materials, and addressing any concerns in the language courses presently being taught. The Workshop counts as part of the teaching requirement and is separate from the three courses that students normally take when teaching in a given semester.

It is expected (and may be required of particular students by the graduate chair) that students fill in any large gaps they have in their knowledge of ancient history and ancient material culture. If students have had little or no undergraduate training in these areas, it will often be most appropriate to begin by auditing an undergraduate class, such as Ancient History 26 and 27, and/or Introduction to Mediterranean Archaeology. Students may then be able to progress to upper-level classes or graduate seminars in these areas.

It is expected that students will take at least one graduate-level seminar, and probably more, in a sub-discipline outside “classical philology”, such as linguistics, ancient history, archaeology, art history, philosophy, anthropology, or comparative literature. Areas of specialization should be chosen in accordance with the student’s interests and intellectual goals, and in consultation with the graduate chair.

Students who arrive with minimal or shaky knowledge of modern languages (French, German, Italian) should make sure they schedule time to work on these in the first two years.

Incomplete Coursework

Incompletes are occasionally granted at the discretion of the instructor of the course.

By the rules of the School of Arts and Sciences, an incomplete in a course must be replaced by a grade not later than two semesters after the end of that course. This means that incompletes should be cleared by August 1 for courses from the preceding fall, and December 1 for courses from the preceding spring.

If a student has not completed all work necessary for an incomplete to be cleared within these two semesters, the student will be placed on probation in the third semester. For a fall incomplete, then, probation would consist of the fall semester of the following year; for a spring semester incomplete, probation would take place the following spring.

While on probation the student may not schedule nor take any exams. During that semester the student will be closely supervised by her advisor. If by the last day of class the student has not submitted all outstanding work she will be automatically terminated and may not register for classes the following semester.