Latin Philology

The Latin Philology Emphasis focuses on the development of skills in Latin language as well as in literary, linguistic, and cultural studies making use of Latin texts. This emphasis is ideal for students interested in pursuing further graduate work in fields which require knowledge of Latin (but not Greek) such as Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Modern Studies, 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, Greek, or 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 Latin Philology develop comprehensive and deep knowledge of Latin language and literature. Rigorous philological training is stressed with extensive coursework and translation exams in the 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, or archaeology as their interests and future plans dictate. 

Degree Requirements

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 Latin Literature. 
  • 24 units of Latin Author (graduate level) courses, including LAT 580.
  • 3 units of additional graduate-level work in Classics or Greek. 
  • Comprehensive Examination in 1) Latin AP Required Readings, 2) Classical Literature Special Topics, 3) Latin translation, 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

To explore other emphases, peruse the list here

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