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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 purusue. All students are required to complete 33 hours of course work, a thesis, and a reading knowledge of French, German, 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.)

CURRICULUM

A full range of courses is offered in Latin, Greek, classical studies in translation, classical archaeology, ancient history, pedagogy, and ancient philosophy. Students in all tracks have some elective courses to help construct an educational experience that is tailored to their own interests and plans. 

Students may earn Secondary School Latin Teaching Certification through the Department of Classics and the College of Education or by pursuing the Latin Pedagogy emphasis. 

THE FIVE EMPHASES

  • The Ancient History Emphasis combines both historical training and philological training and is ideal for those interested in pursuing either further graduate work in Ancient History (in either a History or Classics department) and those interested in careers in teaching History at the pre-collegiate level. 
  • The Classical Archaeology Emphasis focuses on the development of skills and knowledge related to the Art and Archaeology of the Classical world, including necessary training in Greek and Latin. It is ideal for those interested in futher graduate work in Archaeology, Art History, or in Classics with a focus on material culture and in those interested in careers in museums and archaeological services
  • 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.
  • The Latin Pedgagogy Emphasis focuses on both the development of skill in the Latin language and in modern language pedagogy techniques.  As part of this emphasis, students also complete coursework for the Latin Secondary Teaching Certification.  This emphasis is ideal for students interested in teaching Latin in Secondary schools.
  • 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.