After passing the preliminary exam, students will choose a dissertation topic in ancient history. The dissertation committee will consist of three faculty who are best able to advise the student on the chosen topic; at least two of these must be among the program’s contributing faculty. No later than three months after passing the Preliminary Exam, students will submit a written dissertation prospectus, a substantial essay setting forth the problematique, a plan of research, and bibliography. This will be assessed by two Faculty members.