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Department of Classics

Latest Version of the Grad Handbook

The latest Graduate Handbook is version 4.4, edited October 28, 2015, and is available as a pdf: Graduate Handbook pdf button

Previous versions of this document:

Grad Handbook 4.3
Grad Handbook 4.2
Grad Handbook 4.1
Grad Handbook 4.0
Grad Handbook 3.9


Changes made between versions 4.3 and 4.4

VI.C changed from:

1. Students in the Ph.D. program who choose, in consultation with their Graduate Director, to write an M.A. thesis are expected to complete the thesis no later than the end of the second year in the program. In exceptional circumstances a student may request a one semester extension without fellowship support by applying to the Graduate Director. The thesis must be defended by the end of the extension semester or the student will be dismissed from the program. Thesis students may not begin Ph.D. comprehensive exams until the M.A. thesis is defended. After defending the M.A. thesis, students must apply for a thesis M.A. degree on the Graduate School website. There is an application fee, and the student is responsible for formatting the electronic thesis according to Graduate School specifications.

2. Students who choose to leave the Ph.D. program after the second year may, after consultation with the Graduate Director, write an M.A. thesis instead of taking an M.A. exam during their final year of funding.


1. For information for Ph.D. students writing M.A. theses, see VII.F. 

VI.C.3 was renamed C.2 with the contents unchanged.

A new section VII F was added:

F. M.A. thesis
1. Graduate students admitted to the Ph.D. program may choose to write an M.A. thesis with the permission of their Graduate Director. It is strongly recommended that Ph.D. students in archaeology write an M.A. thesis.The faculty as a whole may require a student to write an M.A. thesis in order to remain in good standing in the program.
(a) Graduate students are allowed only two semesters (one fall and one spring) to complete, successfully defend, and submit the M.A. thesis. Students writing an M.A. are required to declare a topic and name a director in writing to their Graduate Director by the end of the semester prior to commencement of the two semesters of M.A. thesis work. Archaeology students who write an M.A. thesis are required to begin the two semesters of thesis work in their second year in the program.
(b) During these two semesters of work students may take 8 hours of M.A. thesis research (CLAS8006) as part of their regular course load. For history and philology students the 8 hours may be taken either in one semester or over two semesters. For archaeology students all 8 hours of M.A. thesis research must be taken in one semester.
2. The M.A. thesis must be defended before the deadline for submission of the electronic thesis in the second semester of work. In the event of failure to defend a M.A. thesis successfully by that deadline, funding will cease at the end of that semester. If the student should successfully defend the thesis and submit it electronically at a future date (but only during a fall or spring semester), the faculty as a whole on the recommendation of the faculty in the student’s subdiscipline (archaeology, history, or philology) may re-instate that student’s fellowship for the beginning of the following semester.
3. For additional information about requirements for completion of a thesis M.A., see section VI.B.1.

The old section VII.F was renamed VII.G with the contents unchanged.

Changes made between versions 4.2 and 4.3

Addition of a Table of Contents

Changes made between versions 4.1 and 4.2

pg. 24 Sections VIII B 1 a i and ii were changed from: 

i. For students entering the program with an M.A. degree: 2 problems courses (CLAS7001-7003), 2 documents courses (CLAS7005-7007), and 3 seminars (CLAS9001).

ii. For students entering the program without an M.A. degree: 2 problems courses (CLAS7001-7003), 2 documents courses (CLAS7005-7007), and 4 seminars (CLAS9001).


i: For students entering the program with an M.A. degree: 2 problems courses (CLAS7001-7003) and 4 seminars (CLAS9001), one of which has to be documentary.

ii: For students entering the program without an M.A. degree: 2 problems courses (CLAS7001-7003) and 5 seminars (CLAS9001), one of which has to be documentary.

Changes made between versions 4.0 and 4.1

No actual list of changes but this note attached to the 4.1 version:

For your records, I attach our first revision to the new Graduate Handbook. This is now version 4.1. The changes were very minor--a couple cosmetic and a change of a word to make something clear about the 4+1 program. No changes at all to regular graduate requirements.

Changes made between versions 3.9 and 4.0

Version 4.0 of the handbook was a rather extensive rewrite caused by the University's move from the quarter system to the semester system.