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Ph.D. in Classical Civilization

This program is designed for high school teachers and community college teachers who wish to improve their skills, prepare for serious research, and improve their credentials with a more general emphasis in classical civilization.

Most students in the distance learning track will not be taking course work in the traditional, full time manner. Instead, we expect that there will be considerable use of special summer courses, independent study, shared courses at other SUS campuses, as well as distance education course work through the web and other means. Also, students transferring into this program from other institutions will have greatly differing needs. For all these reasons, it would be difficult to construct a program of course work for a typical student in each track since there will be no “typical” student. Instead, listed below are the general requirements for these tracks, from which students, in consultation with the department’s faculty, will make up their individualized program of study.

Requirements

Course Work
Sixty hours total beyond the MA. Thirty of the sixty hours must cover

  • Five seminars in Classics (15 hours), three of which must be in Latin
  • Elective course work at the 5000-6000 level (12 hours)
  • Proficiency in German; proficiency in Italian or French
  • Supervised teaching or pedagogy (3 hours)

Beyond these courses, which total thirty hours, an additional thirty hours are required for a total of sixty hours beyond the MA (or ninety hours beyond the BA. study. These additional credits may be earned through independent study projects, including those leading to examination, supervised teaching, additional elective course work, and dissertation research (CLA 7979). The university requires that 30 hours of doctoral work be completed in residence on campus. Residency requirements can be satisfied through participation in the department’s intensive, on-campus two-week summer institutes.Application for credit for previous graduate work (MA + up to 15 hours) must be made by the third semester of Ph.D.

Examinations and Dissertation

  • Written examinations (as specified below)
  • Comprehensive oral examination and prospectus defense
  • Dissertation
  • Public defense of the dissertation

Written Examinations in Classical Civilization.

N.B. Ideally, students would write their exams during the summer of their fourth year, but we understand and expect that the exact scheduling of these exams will vary, depending on each student’s particular goals.

  • (i) Comprehensive examination in the history of Classical literature in historical context
    A four-hour examination on all aspects of the development and history of Classical literature. Students should be able to identify, date, and describe the works of all major authors from Homer to Augustine. Factual knowledge will be tested through identification questions and short answer. Longer essays on literary issues or topics requiring the student to place authors, works, or genres in historical context will also be included. Any student who fails to pass this exam on the third attempt is subject to dismissal from the program.
  • (ii) Special topic 1
    A two-hour examination on a literary or historical topic studied in depth under the direction of a major professor. (Please refer also to the description in the introduction.) Any student who fails to pass this exam on the third attempt is subject to dismissal from the program.
  • (iii) Special topic 2
    A two-hour examination or a 15-25 page paper on the work of an author or on a literary or historical topic studied in depth under the direction of a major professor. (Please refer also to the description in the introduction.)

Please refer to the introduction for descriptions of the oral examination, prospectus defense, advancement to candidacy, dissertation work, and public defense of the dissertation.

Program Inquiry

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