Degree Requirements

Classics Degree Requirements

The Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts offers both the Master of Arts in Classics and the Master of Classics. Rigorous in its immersion in linguistics, the degree requires at least five courses in one or both languages at the graduate level. Supplementary courses may be taken outside of those taught by the Classics Department, wherein the reading is done in English, but are appropriate for students who desire to expand their acquaintance with classical texts. 

Master of Arts in Classics: 30 credit hours

24 credit hours: coursework

Courses must be completed at the 5000 level or above. Reading knowledge of one or both languages sufficient to do work at the 5000 level is prerequisite.

At least 15 credit hours must be in Greek or Latin courses or both; nine may be in related fields wherein the reading is done in translation.

6 credit hours: thesis

The thesis requirement comprises 6 credit hours.

Comprehensive exam

The comprehensive exam must be passed before submitting a thesis proposal. 

Master of Classics: 30 credit hours 

30 credit hours: coursework

Courses must be completed at the 5000 level or above. Reading knowledge of one or both languages sufficient to do work at the 5000 level is prerequisite.

At least 15 credit hours must be in Greek or Latin courses or both; nine may be in related fields wherein the reading is done in translation.

Comprehensive exam

Comprehensive examination must passed in the final semester before the degree is granted.

Additional Stipulations

  • Time limit: all requirements ordinarily must be met within six years of a student's initial registration in course work, excluding leaves of absence.
  • Transfer credits: up to nine credit hours of graduate work done at other institutions may be accepted for transfer after a student has completed at least nine credit hours at UD.
  • For students with no prior knowledge of a classical language, completion of the elementary and intermediate courses in at least one language will be necessary. The Summer Classical Languages Institute is designed to enable students to meet this requirement quickly.

 

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