The Classical Philology Emphasis focuses on the development of skills in the Greek and Latin languages as well as in literary, linguistic, and cultural studies making use of Greek and Latin texts. This emphasis is ideal for students interested in pursuing further graduate work in Classics or related literary fields, as well as those interested in careers teaching literature and languages at the pre-collegiate level.
Program of Study
All graduate students in the Classics program at the University of Arizona earn the same degree (Master of Arts in Classics), but each student chooses an emphasis that determines the series of courses and exams they will pursue. All students are required to complete 34 hours of coursework, a thesis, and a reading knowledge of French, German, and Italian, in addition to demonstrating proficiency in Classical Languages. Both Greek and Latin are required in the Ancient History, Classical Archaeology, and Classical Philology emphases; only Latin is required for the Latin Pedagogy and Latin Philology emphases.
Students who pursue the emphasis in Classical Philology develop comprehensive and deep knowledge of Greek and Latin languages and literature. Rigorous philological training is stressed with extensive coursework and translation exams in both ancient language required. In addition, students develop a broad understanding of the historical context in which this language was used and literature was written. Students are offered the flexibility in their elective credits to pursue more training in philology, history, philosophy, and archaeology as their interests and future plans dictate.
Minimum Credit hours: 34
- Modern Language examination in French, German, or Italian.
- 3 units of the Methodology course, CLAS 510A
- 1 unit of Thesis Preparation, CLAs 510B
- Qualifying examination in Greek and Latin literature.
- 12 units of Greek author courses.
- 12 units of Latin author courses.
- 3 units of additional graduate-level work in Classics, Greek, or Latin.
- Comprehensive Examination in 1) Greek Translation, 2) Latin translation, 3) Classical Literature Special Topics, and 4) Ancient History.
- 3 units of Thesis credit
For more information on these requirements, including reading lists for exams, please see the Graduate Handbook.
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