Graduate Program

Helen Magill (White), the first woman to receive a PhD in the United States. Courtesy of Friends Historical Library, Swarthmore College
Helen Magill (White) received her PhD in Greek  from BU in 1877, making her the first woman to receive a PhD in the United States. Photo courtesy of Friends Historical Library, Swarthmore College.

The MA/PhD in Classical Studies prepares students to be effective and inspiring teachers and insightful professional scholars of classical antiquity. The program centers on structured study of the classical languages, Greco-Roman culture, and the perspectives and methods of research available for the classical world. As teachers, mentors, and evaluators, the faculty provide careful training and guidance of students, who are encouraged to show independent initiative in pursuing their own interests, goals, and intellectual identities.

The Department of Classical Studies promotes interdisciplinary and comparative literary, historical, and cultural studies embracing a wide range of areas, and has particular strength in Greek drama, Greek and Roman epic, Greek and Roman history, Roman rhetoric, translation and interpretation of classical literature, Indo-European/historical linguistics, and the classical tradition in Europe and America. The program is designed to prepare students primarily for college and university careers in classics.

We seek students of outstanding accomplishment, originality, and imagination who wish to communicate their enthusiasm to others, both as teachers and scholars. Typically, successful applicants have a minimum of three years (or the equivalent) of Greek and Latin.

The Department of Classical Studies works closely with faculty and students from across the Humanities, including the Departments of Art History, Archaeology, World Languages & Literatures, Religion, and Philosophy, and the School of Theology. See Affiliated Faculty here.

Prospective students should click on the sidebar menu to find out more about our MA, our MA/PHD and PhD Program, and our Dual-Degree Program, MA in Classical Studies and PhD in Philosophy.  For those interested in more information, please contact our Director of Graduate Admissions, James Uden at uden@bu.edu or 617-358-1765.