Graduate Reading Lists

The Department of Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies believes that Reading Lists constitute the best way to prepare students with the general background of the field, by reading seminal primary and secondary works. Familiarity with these lists is examined by written comprehensive examinations or comps.  Click on the following links for more information about MA comps or PhD comps.

ACRE:

Students in the MA in Ancient Culture, Religion, and Ethnicity write essay exams based on reading lists. Students choose two lists on which to be examined from the following: (a) Greek Culture; (b) Roman Culture; (c) Near Eastern Archaeology; (d) Judaism (e) Christianity; (f) Islam; (g) Hebrew Bible and the ancient Near East.

Classics:

Greek. Reading lists for candidates writing comprehensive exams on Ancient Greek — MA Classics, PhD Classics, and PhD Classics (Ancient History) — are available here.

Latin. Reading lists for candidates writing comprehensive exams on Latin — MA Classics, PhD Classics, and PhD Classics (Ancient History) — are available here.

Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology:

Students in the MA in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology write essay exams based on reading lists. Students choose two lists on which to be examined from the following: (a) Greek archaeology; (b) Roman archaeology; (c) Near Eastern archaeology.

Students the PhD in Classics: Classical Archaeology will be examined on two of the six Major Fields from the PhD in Classics: Reading List-Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology

Religious Studies:

Candidates for the MA in Religious Studies choose two lists on which to be examined from the following: (a) Christianity; (b) Islam; and (c) either Hebrew Bible and the ancient Near East or Judaism. Students wishing to write a comprehensive exam on Asian Religions may do so with the approval of the Religious Studies Committee, if suitable examiners can be secured.

Candidates for the PhD in Religious Studies will be examined on the Religious Studies PhD Reading List