Master of Arts
Library facilities, and a staff dedicated to assisting in research, reference, and collection needs, are located with the Department of Classics in Waggener Hall. Library holdings, which total more than twenty-six thousand volumes, cover all classical texts and most major commentaries, critical studies, and archaeological and reference works, as well as classical and archaeological periodicals. In addition, the Perry-Castaneda Library holds one of the top-ranked research collections in the country in a broad range of related subject areas. Students also have access to the Swenson Coin Collection, the Meritt and Reinmuth squeeze collections, and a collection of original drawings, photographs, and notes on ancient architecture by Lucy Shoe Meritt. Holdings of the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center include a collection of Greek papyri from Egypt and many Renaissance editions of classical texts. The department also has a computer laboratory with TLG, Pandora, and Perseus. The Program in Aegean Scripts and Prehistory has a complete photographic archive of Aegean and Cypriote prehistoric inscriptions and related research materials. The department also has a large, well-equipped slide library with over sixty thousand slides and its own slide librarian and darkroom. The Battle Collection of plaster casts is housed in the Harry Ransom Center.
The department sponsors archaeological fieldwork at Metaponto in southern Italy and at Chersonesus in the Crimea. Participation is open to graduate students in the department.
Classics is an interdisciplinary field of study that includes all areas of classical antiquity: literature, history, art, archaeology, linguistics, religion, philosophy, and so on. Within these wide limits the only restrictions on possible programs are the interests of the student and the availability of competent specialists to direct the student's work. The department offers a joint program with the Department of Philosophy, and maintains close links with the Departments of History, English, Linguistics, and Art and Art History and with the Comparative Literature Program. A cooperative arrangement with the Institute of Nautical Archaeology at Texas A&M University makes courses in nautical archaeology and ancient seafaring available for University of Texas at Austin credit.
The following faculty members served on the Graduate Studies Committee in the spring semester 1998-1999.
Master of Arts
Course requirements are thirty semester hours of coursework, including the thesis course; or thirty-three semester hours, including the report course. No more than nine hours of upper-division coursework may be included in the program. Eighteen to twenty-four semester hours must be in the major program, which is planned individually by the student in consultation with the graduate adviser. The minor consists of at least six semester hours outside the major field; it is most often Latin or Greek for a Greek or Latin major, but philosophy, history, archaeology, anthropology, and linguistics are acceptable substitutes. By studying Greek and Latin the student automatically fulfills the department's foreign language requirement. The master's degree student has no formal qualifying examinations prior to the report or thesis
Doctor of Philosophy
Admission to the Doctor of Philosophy degree program is subject to the approval of the Graduate Studies Committee.
Course requirements. There are no universal course requirements. One-semester courses in Greek and Roman history are offered in alternate years to prepare students for the history examinations. Students are further required to take two topical seminars and to designate a special field by their eighth semester of study.
Examination requirements. To be admitted to candidacy for the doctoral degree, students concentrating in classical philology must pass the following examinations: translation in Greek; translation in Latin; Greek history; Roman history; Greek literature (a written followed by an oral examination); Latin literature (a written followed by an oral examination); and translation examinations in German and a second modern language. Students must pass the translation examination in either Greek or Latin by the end of their fourth semester of study and the examination in the other language by the end of their sixth semester of study.
Students who concentrate in classical archaeology have more flexible ancient language requirements and special course requirements and must pass special archaeological examinations in place of those in Greek and Latin literature. Students with a concentration in ancient history also have special course requirements and must pass special history examinations in place of one of the literature examinations and the general Greek and Roman history examinations. Students with a particular interest in Greek philosophy may pursue a degree program under the joint auspices of the Department of Classics and the Department of Philosophy.
Mailing address: Graduate Program, Department of Classics, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712-1181
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