The PhD in classical languages and literatures is founded on mastery of Greek and Latin, develops the student's ability to pursue independent scholarly research through seminars and advanced work on special topics, and culminates with the dissertation.
Students take courses and seminars on major ancient authors and genres, Greek and/or Latin prose composition, and such special topics as literary criticism, epigraphy, paleography and numismatics.
For more information, visit the department's Doctor of Philosophy in Classics webpage.
Candidates for the PhD in classics must meet the following requirements:
- A minimum of 42 credit hours of coursework at the 5000 level or above (excluding thesis and accelerated courses). Coursework completed in the MA program at the University of Colorado, or up to 21 credit hours of graduate credit transferred from another institution, may be applied toward this requirement. Courses should be distributed as follows:
- Four 7000-level graduate seminars (at least one each in Greek and Latin).
- Two courses in ancient history and/or classical archaeology.
- One course in either Greek or Latin prose composition.
- Two courses in special fields such as epigraphy, law, linguistics, literary theory, medieval studies, palaeography, papyrology, philosophy or religion, as approved by the associate chair for graduate studies.
- A minimum of 30 credit hours of doctoral dissertation with no more than 10 of these credit hours in any one semester. No more than 10 dissertation credit hours may be taken preceding the semester of taking the oral comprehensive examination. Up to 10 credit hours may be taken during the semester in which the student passes the comprehensive examination.
- A reading knowledge of German and one other modern foreign language (normally Italian or French). Proficiency is tested by a one-hour written translation test using a dictionary. Students may take a foreign language exam at any time by arrangement with the associate chair for graduate studies. Students are encouraged to pass both modern language exams before the end of the second semester in the PhD program.
- Preliminary Examinations in Greek and Latin. Two written examinations of four hours each, each consisting of translation and analysis of texts. The translation portion of each exam will consist of two out of three prose passages and two out of three verse passages for a total of about 100 lines. All passages will be drawn from the PhD reading list. Each written examination will be followed by a one-hour oral examination that covers the range of Greek or Latin literature represented by the reading list and tests the candidate's general knowledge of the primary sources and literary history. There will be two administrations of each exam per year, in the fall and spring. Students are encouraged to pass both exams by the end of the second semester in the PhD program (or the second semester beyond the MA).
- Comprehensive Examination. Two written examinations of three hours each on two topics or authors, chosen in consultation with faculty members selected by the student and approved by the graduate committee, to be chosen from the following broad areas: language and literature, ancient history, archaeology, philosophy or religion. In selecting the topics for these examinations, students are required to demonstrate balance in the fields of Greek and Roman culture, as determined by the graduate committee. The written comprehensive examinations will be administered twice per year, typically during the last two weeks of the term. Successful completion of the written examination is followed by a two-hour oral exam on Greek and Roman culture within the area of the student's chosen specialization, which should coincide with the student's intended dissertation topic. Students are encouraged to complete these exams by the end of their fourth semester in the PhD program.
- Dissertation Prospectus. To be approved as described in the PhD requirements, preferably by the end of the fifth semester in the PhD program.
- Dissertation. To be completed by the end of the tenth semester in the PhD program.
- Final Examination (upon submission of dissertation). Two hours of oral defense of the dissertation.
Classics Graduate Courses
The following is a comprehensive list of classics graduate courses which may be used to meet the requirements for the PhD in classics.
|Greek Language and Literature Courses|
|GREK 5013||Topics in Greek Prose||3|
|GREK 5023||Topics in Greek Poetry||3|
|GREK 5093||Survey of Greek Literature||3|
|GREK 6003||Graduate Reading||3|
|GREK 6843||Graduate Independent Study||1-3|
|GREK 7013||Graduate Seminar in Greek Literature||3|
|Latin Language and Literature Courses|
|LATN 5014||Topics in Latin Prose||3|
|LATN 5024||Latin Prose Composition||3|
|LATN 5044||Topics in Latin Poetry||3|
|LATN 5084||Survey of Roman Literature Part 2: Imperial||3|
|LATN 5094||Survey of Roman Literature Part 1: Republican to Augustan||3|
|LATN 5824||Latin Teaching Methods: Open Topics||3|
|LATN 6004||Graduate Reading||3|
|LATN 6844||Graduate Independent Study||1-3|
|LATN 7014||Graduate Seminar in Latin Literature||3|
|Literature and History Courses|
|CLAS 5110||Greek and Roman Epic||3|
|CLAS 5120||Greek and Roman Tragedy||3|
|CLAS 5130||Greek and Roman Comedy||3|
|CLAS 5140||The Greek and Roman Novel||3|
|CLAS 5840||Graduate Independent Study||1-3|
|CLAS 7840||Graduate Independent Study||1-3|
|CLAS 5021||Athens and Greek Democracy||3|
|CLAS 5031||Alexander the Great and the Rise of Macedonia||3|
|CLAS 5041||Classical Greek Political Thought||3|
|CLAS 5061||Twilight of Antiquity||3|
|CLAS 5071||Seminar in Ancient Social History||3|
|CLAS 5081||The Roman Republic||3|
|CLAS 5091||The Roman Empire||3|
|CLAS 5101||Greek and Roman Slavery||3|
|CLAS 5761||Roman Law||3|
|CLAS 7011||Seminar in Ancient History||3|
|CLAS 7012||Graduate Seminar||3|
|CLAS 5099||Ancient Greek Sculpture||3|
|CLAS 5109||Ancient Italian Painting||3|
|CLAS 5119||Roman Sculpture||3|
|CLAS 5129||Aegean Art and Archaeology||3|
|CLAS 5139||Greek Vase Painting||3|
|CLAS 5149||Greek Cities and Sanctuaries||3|
|CLAS 5159||Hellenistic Art and Archaeology||3|
|CLAS 5169||Topics in Ancient and Classical Art and Archaeology||3|
|CLAS 5179||City of Athens||3|
|CLAS 5189||City of Rome||3|
|CLAS 5199||Roman Architecture||3|
|CLAS 5209||Classical Archaeological Field Methods||6|
|CLAS 5229||Ancient Egyptian Art and Archaeology||3|
|CLAS 5269||Art and Archaeology of the Ancient Near East||3|
|CLAS 6109||Topics in Critical Theory and Ancient Art and Archaeology||3|
|CLAS 6119||Graduate Independent Study in Classical Art and Archaeology||1-3|
|CLAS 7109||Graduate Seminar in Ancient and Classical Art and Archaeology||3|