Degree of Doctor of Philosophy

The Ph.D. program prepares students for careers in teaching and research. Students normally take a year or two of course-work after the Master's degree to expand their knowledge of Classics and to explore areas of research, and then devote one or more years to the writing of a dissertation. The Ph.D. program is designed so that students may satisfy all requirements within three or four years after receiving the Master's Degree. A complete description of the requirements for the Doctoral program can be found in the Degree Requirements section.

For most students, the course work for the Ph.D. program will consist of two year-long surveys of Greek and Latin literature, research seminars, and extra-departmental courses that address their special interests. At this stage students are encouraged to direct course work toward the development of possible dissertation topics. Departmental seminars offer an opportunity to explore particular texts or problems in depth. Workshops provide a forum in which students may try out their own research ideas and become acquainted with research strategies of faculty and other graduate students, both inside and outside the Classics Department.

After completing required course work, students choose a special field which they study in depth and on which they are examined in writing. There are also translation examinations in both Greek and Latin prose. When these examinations have been completed, students prepare a written dissertation proposal with the guidance of a three-person faculty advisory committee and present the proposal to the Department. After the proposal is approved, students write the dissertation with the advice of their committee and present the completed dissertaton to the Department. In choosing their courses, the students are guided by a faculty member who serves as Graduate Advisor.