Our graduate program offers the MA and the PhD in Classics. Requirements for both degrees are strict enough to ensure that every student acquires broad general knowledge of classical culture, and yet flexible enough to enable students to acquire research expertise in areas of special interest. Students with special interests in ancient philosophy or classical archaeology may pursue special doctoral concentrations in those areas.
The program is designed to be completed in 6-7 years by well prepared students: 2 years to earn the MA (which is a prerequisite for admission to the doctoral program), 2-3 years to complete preliminary doctoral requirements, and 2 years to write a dissertation. Students entering with an MA may complete the program more quickly; students who need time to solidify their languages or to pursue study abroad, or who take up appointments elsewhere before finishing, naturally take longer.
Note to prospective Latin teachers
An MA in is not required for teaching certification in Latin, and students interested in proceeding directly from the BA to certification in Latin should contact the Undergraduate Advisor. For some options, see "How to Become a Latin Teacher."
Qualified students may pursue the MA in Classics together with teaching certification in Latin, which requires completing an additional 18 credit-hours in the College of Education; 9 of these additional hours involve supervised practice teaching in a secondary school. For further information, see MA with Latin Certification.
Collections -- The Classics Library, located within the department in Waggener Hall and managed by its own dedicated staff, houses over thirty thousand volumes spanning all areas of classical studies. Supporting collections and staff are located in the Perry-Castañeda Library, the Architecture and Planning Library, the Fine Arts Library, and other branch units. Holdings of the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center include a collection of Greek papyri from Egypt and numerous Renaissance editions of classical texts. The Battle Collection of Plaster Casts and a collection of ancient pottery are housed in the Blanton Museum of Art. Graduate students also have access to the Swenson Coin Collection; the Meritt and Reinmuth squeeze collections; a collection of drawings, photographs, and notes on ancient architecture by Lucy Shoe Meritt; and a substantial study collection of material objects from around the ancient Mediterranean, Egypt and the Near East included. Additional collections within the Department include a comprehensive photographic archive of prehistoric Aegean and Cypriot inscriptions and related research materials maintained by the Program in Aegean Scripts and Prehistory (PASP); visual media including over fifteen thousand digital images (all indexed through DASE) and over seventy thousand slides; a continually updated computer laboratory linked to major classical databases and equipped with scanners, GIS, and other tools; and our own full-time instructional technology and media staff.
Fieldwork -- Through the Institute of Classical Archaeology (ICA), the department sponsors archaeological fieldwork at Metaponto in southern Italy and at Chersonesus on the Black Sea. The Institute for the Study of Antiquity and Christian Origins (ISAC) conducts fieldwork at Ostia in Italy. Participation in each is open to graduate students in the department.
As the state’s flagship institution of higher education, UT Austin attracts a large and diverse body of undergraduate students (about 38,000). The great majority are Texas residents, but many others come from around the country and the globe. Undergraduate admission is competitive, and undergraduate teaching is a top priority both across the campus and in Classics. Graduate students in Classics make vital contributions to undergraduate teaching in Classical Civilization, Latin, and occasionally Greek.
Consistently ranked among the nation’s top public research universities, UT Austin is also home to about 11,000 graduate students, the great majority from other states and many other countries. Graduate students in Classics number around 30, usually including some studying overseas. Another 20 or so students specializing in classical subjects pursue degrees in other programs, mainly Art History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies. Current graduate students have come to us from Arizona State, Case Western, Chicago, Dickinson, Florida, Haverford, Indiana, Johns Hopkins, Middlebury, Northwestern, Oberlin, Ohio State, Penn, Utah State, Washington & Lee, as well as Britain, Canada, Greece, and New Zealand. The balance of women and men is roughly even.