Preparing for Graduate Studies

Going further in academia

Some Classical Studies or Ancient History graduates choose to pursue graduate study in an M.A. or Ph.D. program, or by beginning in a program such as Penn's own Postbaccalaureate Program in Classical Studies. Penn graduates have gone on to a variety of programs in different universities.

Any student considering this path should learn as early as possible about the necessary preparation for an academic career in Classical Studies or related fields, especially the amount of experience required in Greek, Latin, and other languages. Discuss this with the Undergraduate Chair as well as specialists in your specific sub-field, such as ancient history, archaeology, or philosophy.

Students should also be aware of specific grants available for supporting graduate studies accessible through the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF), such as the Beinecke and Thouron scholarships.

The Society for Classical Studies also offers the Pearson Fellowship for graduate study in Classics in the UK.