Prospective Students

John W. E. Bowen
John Wesley Edward Bowen, born a slave in 1855, was the second person of African descent to receive a PhD in the USA (BU 1887 in historical theology, Greek, and Latin). “Higher education is the only education that properly educates mind and develops character for service.” -An Apology for the Higher Education of the Negro

Students admitted to graduate study in Classical Studies at Boston University join an exciting, interdisciplinary community of scholars. Our department has strengths in Latin and Greek literature, history, philology, and linguistics, and also a longstanding commitment to classical reception, classics and film, and translation studies. Graduate students in Classical Studies at Boston University also have the opportunity to study with distinguished scholars in related fields in art history, archaeology, religion and comparative literature. Our graduate students frequently give papers at conferences nationally and internationally, and organize an annual conference at BU which draws students from throughout the country. The department is also home to Arion, a prestigious literary journal of humanities and the classics, and is located within walking distance from the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, with its antiquities collection of international standing. For more information, contact our Director of Graduate Admissions, Professor James Uden (

BA/MA in Classical Studies

MA in Classical Studies

PhD in Classical Studies

Dual Degree: MA in Classical Studies/PhD in Philosophy

If you wish to learn about our examination requirements, funding and fellowship opportunities, and read our graduate handbook, please go to the “Current Graduate” webpage.

For those interested in more information, please contact our Director of Graduate Admissions, James Uden or 617-358-1765.


Bowen’s “An Apology for the Higher Education of the Negro”, The Methodist Review 13 (1897).