Graduate Studies

The Department of Classics has recently revised its program for graduate studies in Classics as outlined below. Please note that the new regulations are now effective. Questions should be addressed to the Graduate Officer, Dr. Brad Levett.

Qualifications for Admission

Admission requirements are set forth in the Regulations Governing the Degree of Master of Arts, Qualifications for Admission. In addition to these requirements, applicants should have completed at least 30 undergraduate credit hours in Greek and Latin language courses including a minimum of 12 credit hours in each language and at least 6 credit hours from senior level courses.

Program of Study

  1. Students will complete a minimum of 24 credit hours in Classics courses at the 6000 level including Classics 699A and 699B; 6 of these 24 credit hours must be in Greek and/or Latin courses. Further courses beyond the minimum number may be required, depending on the background of the student.
  2. Students are required to demonstrate their competence in a modern European language, normally French, German, or Italian, as early as possible in their program of study, but no later than the end of the first semester of their second year. (See Evaluation, Evaluation of Graduate Students.)


  • 6001 Seminar in Greek History and Society
  • 6002 Seminar in Greek Literature and Culture
  • 6003 Seminar in Roman History and Society
  • 6004 Seminar in Roman Literature and Culture
  • 6200 Latin Literature: Oratory
  • 6210 Latin Literature: Epic, drama, didactic
  • 6220 Latin Literature: Lyric, satire, elegy, epigram
  • 6230 Roman Historians
  • 6250-6260 Special Topics in Latin Readings
  • 6300 Greek Literature: Oratory
  • 6310 Greek Literature: Epic, drama, didactic
  • 6320 Greek Literature: Lyric, iambic, elegy, epigram
  • 6330 Greek Historians
  • 6340 Ancient Philosophical Authors
  • 6350-6360 Special Topics in Greek Readings
  • 699A Master's Research Paper (0 credit hours)
  • 699B Master's Research Paper (6 credit hours)

Classics graduate courses: Fall 2022

For additional course infomation such as slot, room number, and instructor, see our upcoming courses database. 

Seminar in Roman History and Society: Ancient Water (CLAS 6003)

This seminar is intended to explore the place of water in the lives of ancient circum-Mediterranean cultures: the relationships between societies and the physical world that they constructed to facilitate and reinforce the activities important to the ways of life of the ancient North African, Mesopotamian, Etruscan, Greek, and Roman cultures. Topics may include the following: practical and symbolic meaning of water, water in myth and religion, rain-water collection and diversion, wells and cisterns, seepage galleries, canals and dams, tunnels, open-channel aqueducts, pipes and pipelines, drainage and sewers, engineering training and the practice of hydraulic engineering, funding of projects and mobilization of resources, irrigation works, literary and epigraphical sources for hydraulic engineering, public bathing complexes, visual representation of hydraulic installations, fluid mechanics theory.

The instructor will lead several introductory discussions (first few weeks of term), and the students will concurrently research suggested topics for presentation and discussion. All students will be asked to select presentation topics from a list provided, or in consultation with the instructor, and to sign up for their presentation date. The first three presentations will deal with primary sources for water in antiquity. These topics are set. The following presentations will consider the patterns of innovation, any contributions from science, and the social penetration of particular aspects of water. After the oral presentations, the students will work their research into written versions.

The goal of the course is to familiarize students with the major accomplishments of ancient hydraulic engineering and technology and its relationship with the culture and economy of the pertinent societies. Students will be expected to learn how to evaluate written and material evidence for understanding ancient cultures and their technologies and to speak and write convincingly about their ideas.
There is no formal prerequisite for this course, but I strongly suggest that you register for this course only if you have previously taken at least one other course with the Department of Classics where you were required to analyze critically a text and to write a research paper.

Seminar in Roman Literature and Culture (CLAS 6004)

Course description forthcoming.

Special Topics in Latin Readings: Post Classical Latin (CLAS 6250)

Course description forthcoming.

Greek Literature: Oratory (CLAS 6300)

Course description forthcoming.