PhD Degree Requirements

All PhD degrees require the completion of 18 credits at the 500 level, subject-specific comprehensive exams, and demonstrated competence in two modern languages. Students may choose courses freely and are strongly encouraged to do so in consultation with their Graduate Advisor, to ensure all program requirements are met. Up to 6 credits may come from the graduate offerings of another department. Additionally, all students must maintain continued registration in CNRS 649 (zero credits), the doctoral dissertation.

Additionally, students in the PhD in Classics and the PhD in Classics (Ancient History) must have completed the following before the end of their second year of study:

  1. at least six credits’ undergraduate study (at the 300 level or above) in Classical art or archaeology, such as CLST 331 and 332 or their equivalent (minimum grade: B-/68%). Courses taken to satisfy this requirement do not count toward the 18 credits of coursework required by the program.
  2. an unprepared translation exam from Greek and Latin, administered by the Classical Languages Committee.

Students in the PhD in Classics (Ancient History) must additionally complete “Second Field” requirements. Candidates must show proficiency through course work in a marketable second field. This competence shall be demonstrated by the successful completion during the first two years of their program of 6 additional credits at the graduate level, and is completed in lieu of one written comprehensive examination. Given the department’s strengths, and those of the Department of History, the following fields are suggested: Religious Studies, Near Eastern Studies, Medieval History, European History, Canadian History, Asian History.