Classical Philology

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 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).

Students who pursue the emphasis in Classical Philology develop comphrehensive 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 or archaeology as their interests and future plans dictate.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Minimum credit hours: 33

  • Modem language examination in French, German, or Italian.
  • 3 units of the Methodology course, CLAS 510A.
  • 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.

To explore other emphases, peruse the list here.

Ready to apply? Start your application here! Questions? Contact the Director of Graduate Studies.