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Master of Arts in Classics

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M.A. Degree Requirements

Course Requirements

  1. The degree program consists of 30 hours, whether one chooses the thesis or nonthesis option.
  2. The student may stress either Latin or Greek or a combination of both. Students who take only one of the ancient languages at the graduate level must present at least 10 hours of elementary course work in the other; this requirement may also be satisfied by passing a departmental examination.
  3. Students may select their 30 hours from graduate courses in Greek, Latin, classics, and certain courses in philosophy, history, history of art, and linguistics. A maximum of 12 hours may be taken in nonlanguage courses.
  4. Students who elect to write an M.A. thesis must complete at least 24 hours on the graduate level, in addition to 6 hours of Thesis (LAT 899 or GRK 899). In consultation with the graduate adviser, each student selects a thesis committee of 3 members.
  5. The student selecting the nonthesis option must complete 30 hours of courses on the graduate level. In 2 of these courses, students must prepare research papers that meet the approval of the appropriate instructors and the graduate adviser. These papers are placed on file in the department office.

Language Requirements

Incoming graduate students take a diagnostic reading examination in Greek or Latin or both if they plan to take graduate-level courses in both languages. Students who take only one of the ancient languages at the graduate level must demonstrate a basic knowledge of the other. By the end of graduate study, the student must also demonstrate a reading knowledge of German, Italian, or French by using the established university procedures for determining graduate language proficiency (as defined under Doctor of Philosophy, Research Skills in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog).


A written general examination is required of all M.A. students. For further information, see the departmental handbook.

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