Graduate Program

The Graduate Program

The department offers graduate work in Classics; a degree of M.A. is available for students already working toward the Ph.D. in cognate programs at Brown. The department also offers graduate work in Sanskrit leading to a Ph.D. in Classics and Sanskrit, and with the Department of History, sponsors a joint Ph.D. program in Ancient History. The director of graduate studies is Jay Reed. The Program Directors of the Ph.D. programs in Sanskrit and Ancient History are, respectively, James Fitzgerald and Graham Oliver. The work of the department is carried on in formal courses, seminars, and guided research, with considerable flexibility in the case of students' special interests and programs. Emphasis is placed on an overall command of the languages, literatures, and histories of ancient Greece and Rome or of Ancient India. Students are encouraged to select their courses from a reasonably wide area of interest, and to take account of appropriate study in related departments and programs, such as Comparative Literature, Egyptology and Western Asian Studies, History, Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Philosophy, Political Science, and Religious Studies.

Applying to Graduate School

Applications for the Classics doctoral program are due by January 1. All applicants to the program must submit a personal statement, a writing sample, the results from the GRE General Test, and three letters of recommendation (submitted directly by the letter writers). Foreign applicants must also submit the results from the TOEFL exam (some exceptions apply).

Applying: All applicants must apply on-line through the Graduate School Admissions Office

Contact for applicants: Jay Reed (for Classics), James Fitzgerald (for Sanskrit), and Graham Oliver (for Ancient History).

Funding and Financial Aid

Doctoral students in the Department of Classics are eligible for a range of funding and stipends from Brown University. General information on funding is available from the Graduate School.

Types of Support

In the first year, fellowship support means that the student may concentrate entirely on coursework and preparation for the translation exams. In the second year, the student begins work as a teaching assistant or proctor, for not more than 20 hours per week. The stipend is obtained through this type of work normally through the fourth year. Upon completion of the oral preliminary examination the student may apply for a dissertation fellowship from the University.

Stipends and Funding

Different appointments (teaching assistant, teaching fellow, proctor, etc. carry different stipends, but doctoral students can expect a minimum level of support of $23,000 in each of the first three years and the likelihood of equal or higher levels of support during the final two (or possibly three) years of the program.

In addition to covering tuition, health insurance, and fees, Brown guarantees a minimum graduate stipend of $23,000 annually for five years (some stipends may be higher) and an additional sum of $2,500 in summer funding annually for the first four summers. Students are commonly awarded further funding for their sixth year.

Support for Attending Conferences

Graduate students are eligible for financial support to defray the cost of presenting at academic conferences.

Related Studies

Graduate facilities at Brown are particularly rich in the fields of Greek and Latin literature, philosophy, history, epigraphy, and archaeology. Students may take related courses offered in the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Comparative Literature, Early Cultures, Egyptology and Western Asian Studies, History, History of Art and Architecture, Medieval Studies, Modern Greek, Philosophy, Political Science, and Religious Studies.

Study Abroad

Brown University is a supporting institution of both the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and the American Academy in Rome. Periods of study at one of these institutions are regularly undertaken by graduate students in the department. Substantial financial assistance to attend these programs is available for qualified graduate students. Opportunities also exist for students to spend a summer, semester, or year at other institutions abroad. 

Computer Resources

Graduate Students have use of a dedicated computer lab on the first floor of Macfarlane House.

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