Greek and Roman Studies : Program Requirements
The Department offers a 18-unit thesis-based program leading to the MA degree. In the first year, candidates will take a full load of course work for a total of 10.5 units. They will choose three from the following six fields of study: Greek Literature (GRS 501, 3.0 units); Greek History (GRS 502, 3.0 units); Latin Literature (GRS 503, 3.0 units); Roman History (GRS 504, 3.0 units); Ancient Art and Archaeology (GRS 505, 3.0 units); and Ancient Philosophy (GRS 506, 3.0 units). Candidates are also required to complete the Pro-seminar in Research Methods and Practices (GRS 500, 1.5 units).
Before graduation, students must demonstrate a reading knowledge of French, German or Italian. The level of proficiency will be equivalent to a B or better in the reading courses (such as GMST 405 or FRAN 300) offered by the respective language departments. Students may also fulfil the language requirement by passing the department’s written translation examination. Examinations will normally be of two hours duration and may be written with the aid of a dictionary.
In the second year, candidates will write a thesis (GRS 599), choosing their subject of research from one of the three fields they have studied in the first year. The unit value of the thesis may range from 6 to 9 units but will normally be 7.5 units. The length of the thesis can vary considerably, but it is generally approximately 100 pages. A final oral examination of the thesis will be required.
All PhD students are required to take GRS 500, a requirement which can be satisfied either at the MA or the PhD level.
Students must complete 9 units of courses numbered 600 and above. Students are required to declare Classical Languages and Literature, Ancient History, or Classical Archaeology as their primary area of focus, and to complete the Reading Course or Courses which apply to that area of specialization: GRS 601A and 601B in literature for 1.5 units each (Greek and Latin literature respectively); 602A and 602B in history for 1.5 units each (Greek and Latin readings respectively); and 603 (readings in Greek and/or Latin) for archaeology for 1.5 units. Archaeologists will take 605, a methods and theory course, in place of a second semester of reading, for 1.5 units. Students then proceed to the seminar courses, in which they normally follow the curriculum for the areas of specialization for 3 units: 611 for literature; 612 for history; and 613 for archaeology. Students may, however, with the permission of the supervisor, take a seminar course outside their stream if it is beneficial for their research. Finally, students take a topical field course in their area of focus for 3 units: 621 for literature; 622 for history; and 623 for archaeology.
Students will complete a candidacy examination (GRS 693) for 3 units. As part of the candidacy examination, a dissertation prospectus must be approved by the student’s supervisory committee. Students will be required to display competence in German and either French or Italian through written exams.