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Graduate Program

The Graduate Program in Classics is designed to prepare students for vigorous academic careers in Classics and associated fields. The program provides rigorous training in the fundamentals of classical scholarship with a view to the demands of both teaching and research. Successful students develop both a broad understanding of classical languages and culture, and special expertise in diverse areas of classical studies. Our doctorates are capable of teaching both Greek and Latin up to the intermediate level, one of the languages at advanced levels, undergraduate courses in classical civilization, and graduate courses in one or more special areas.

Our faculty is among the largest and most diverse in the nation, and its interests and expertise encompass a wide spectrum of fields and approaches. A continually evolving menu of seminars and supporting courses helps students develop essential skills and gain familiarity with multiple areas of classical studies; directed reading enables them to acquire broad competence and also to explore special interests; and supervised research provides training and guidance in the scholarly methods required for the dissertation and academic publication.

The size of our graduate program has significant advantages, not least of which is the wide range of academic interests and backgrounds among our 25-30 students. The cozy environment of Waggener Hall promotes lively interaction and exchange among graduate students and faculty working in multiple disciplines. Other special attractions include a superb inhouse library, abundant electronic resources, and opportunities to teach in a large and diverse undergraduate program. A steady stream of visiting scholars, frequent lectures and colloquia, yearly conferences, and various informal reading and discussion groups further enrich the department’s intellectual life. Our graduate students regularly present papers at academic conferences, submit articles to classical journals, participate in archaeological fieldwork, assist in editorial projects, and organize academic events on campus.

The Department maintains close ties with several other graduate programs, including Art History, Philosophy, Religious Studies, History, Comparative Literature, and English. A cooperative arrangement with the Institute of Nautical Archaeology at Texas A&M University permits students to take courses there for UT credit. The Department also supports students interested in pursuing study abroad. The faculty has close ties with the American School of Classical Studies in Athens and the American Academy in Rome.  In recent years, students have studied in Britain, Germany, Greece, and Italy on Fulbright, DAAD, and other fellowships.