Area Requirements

1. Proseminar in Classics

The Proseminar in Classics is a course designed for and required of incoming graduate students. The purpose is to make them familiar with the standard research methods and tools of the discipline. An introductory phase (weeks 1-3) that is devoted to more general topics is followed by a survey of the most important subdisciplines.

2. Prose Composition in Greek and Latin

Students must demonstrate competence in prose composition in both ancient languages. This may be done in two ways; one is by an examination, which may be a 'take-home project' executed over the course of a semester, with the assistance of lexica and other aids. The requirement is more often fulfilled, however, by successful completion of courses in Prose Composition for each of the languages.

3. Archaeology

This requirement may be satisfied (a) by completing a graduate seminar in the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, an epigraphy course in the Classics Department or an equivalent course approved by the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS); (b) by examination arranged by the JIAAW; or (c) by participation in the summer or regular program of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, in the summer program in Italian archaeology at the American Academy in Rome or by work through other institutions with approval of the DGS.

4. Greek and Roman History

This requirement is typically to be fulfilled by passing written examinations of 3 hours each in two of three periods: A. Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic Greek History; B. Early through Imperial Roman History (through the 4th c. CE); C. Late Antiquity (Greek East and Latin West). The examinations have both an identification component and an essay component. Alternatively, students may choose to fulfill the history requirement by passing a written examination on one of the three periods listed above and by successful completion of two graduate-level courses from the regular ancient history sequence in the other history.