MA in Classical Studies

Course Requirements

A minimum of eight courses (32 credits) is required for an MA in Classical Studies. The requirements are as follows:

  • CAS CL 563 Greek Prose Composition or CAS CL 530 Latin Prose Composition
  • seven additional courses at or above the 500 level offered in the Department of Classical Studies or related departments (with advisor approval)

Students typically concentrate in either Latin or Greek. One course in Greek or Roman art or archaeology is recommended. Students who wish to take more than two courses from related departments must receive approval from the director of graduate studies.

History Requirement

MA students are required to take a graduate course in Greek or Roman history. This requirement can also be fulfilled in the following ways:

  1. Taking an undergraduate history course as a graduate directed study (2 credits)
  2. Passing an examination in history

Language Requirements—Modern

Proficiency in German and French or Italian must be demonstrated by written examination or by successfully completing GRS LG 621 Reading German or GRS LF 621 Reading French or GRS LI 621 Reading Italian. With the consent of the department, another modern foreign language may be substituted for French or Italian.

Comprehensive Examinations

Candidates must demonstrate, by written examination, proficiency in the following:

  1. the translation of passages from either Greek or Latin
  2. the history of either Greek or Latin literature

At the student’s request and with the approval of the student’s advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies, the history of literature exams may be taken as oral examinations.


Consult the Class Schedule for an updated listing of courses offered 2013/2014.

  • GRS CL 699 Teaching College Classical Studies I

Classical Civilization

  • CAS CL 560 Studies in Ancient Greek History: The Athenian Empire
  • GRS CL 705 Topics in Mythology
  • GRS CL 710 The Classical Tradition in Modern Literature
  • GRS CL 717 Greek and Roman Religion

Greek Language and Literature

  • CAS CL 502 Studies in Ancient Greek and Roman Literature
  • CAS CL 519 History of the Greek Language
  • CAS CL 561 Survey of Greek Literature I
  • CAS CL 562 Survey of Greek Literature II
  • CAS CL 563 Greek Prose Composition
  • CAS CL 596 Early Christian Greek Literature
  • GRS CL 724 Greek Drama
  • GRS CL 761 Greek Orators
  • GRS CL 762 Sophocles
  • GRS CL 763 Hellenistic Poetry
  • GRS CL 767 Ancient Greek Epic: Homer
  • GRS CL 773 Euripides
  • GRS CL 791 Greek Seminar
  • GRS CL 792 Studies in Greek Comedy: Aristophanes
  • GRS CL 794 Thucydides
  • GRS CL 795 Early Greek Prose

Latin Language and Literature

  • CAS CL 502 Studies in Ancient Greek and Roman Literature
  • CAS CL 520 Studies in Latin Literature: Epistolography
  • CAS CL 521 Survey of Latin Literature I
  • CAS CL 522 Survey of Latin Literature II
  • CAS CL 525 Studies in the Augustan Age
  • CAS CL 530 Latin Prose Composition
  • CAS CL 546 Early Christian Latin Literature
  • GRS CL 720 Latin Seminar
  • GRS CL 730 Roman Novel
  • GRS CL 731 Studies in Latin Epic Poetry
  • GRS CL 733 Ovid and His Influence
  • GRS CL 738 Studies in Cicero
  • GRS CL 751 Studies in the Augustan Age
  • GRS CL 993 Proseminar I
  • GRS CL 994 Proseminar II

Reading Courses in Latin and Ancient Greek

  • GRS CL 621 Reading Latin for Graduate Students
  • GRS CL 665 Reading Ancient Greek for Graduate Students

Students interested in certification to teach Latin at the high school level should refer to the Master of Arts in Teaching Latin and Classical Humanities.