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Classics doctoral students have the opportunity to enrich their knowledge of many aspects of Greek and Latin literature, history and culture, as well as related fields, such as Sanskrit, archaeology and epigraphy.

Classics at Brown covers the range of ancient studies, with strengths in classical literature, ancient history, philosophy, religion and linguistics. Additional work is available in religious studies, history of science and comparative literature, as well as in classical archaeology at the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World. The program in Classics and Sanskrit offers courses in Sanskrit grammar, literature, philosophy, linguistics and religion. (Due to faculty retirement, no students will be admitted into the Sanskrit doctoral track until a replacement is appointed.)

The Ancient History track is currently paused and not accepting applications as it undergoes restructuring; students with a strong language focus in Ancient Greek and Latin may still apply directly to Classics.

Admission Requirements

  • Greek and Latin: completion of a substantial number of courses with honor grades. Writing sample required.
  • GRE General: Not required
  • GRE Subject: Not required

Application Deadline: January 1

Ph.D. Completion Requirements

Minimum of sixteen courses, including at least two seminars in Greek, Latin or classics; competence in French or German; thesis based on an original investigation of some literary, historical, archaeological or linguistic topic. The A.M. in classics is available for students already working toward the Ph.D. in cognate programs at Brown; however, we do not admit directly into a master’s program.

Department of Classics
Brown University
Box 1856
48 College Street
Providence, RI 02912
(401) 863-1267
[email protected]

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Department Chair: Graham Oliver

Director of Graduate Studies: Stephen Kidd