UC Santa Barbara General CatalogUniversity of California, Santa Barbara

Classics

Division of Humanities and Fine Arts,
Humanities and Social Sciences 4001
Telephone (805) 893-3556
E-mail: gd-classics@mail.lsit.ucsb.edu
Website: www.classics.ucsb.edu  
Department Chair: Sara Lindheim


 
Graduate Program

In addition to the regular M.A. and Ph.D. degrees, the department offers optional emphases in ancient history and in literature and theory. The M.A. and Ph.D. in Classics with emphasis in ancient history involve significant coursework in the Department of History. The emphasis is designed for those students who wish their training to emphasize ancient history without sacrificing the classical languages. The M.A. and Ph.D. in Classics with emphasis in literature and theory are designed for students who wish to combine solid training in the classical languages with broader study in literature and theory. Students in this program will take graduate courses in literary theory, gender studies, cultural theory, or other approved areas in cognate disciplines on campus.

Candidates for graduate degrees must meet university degree requirements found in the “Graduate Education” section of the UCSB online catalog as well as departmental requirements.

Applicants must meet the university requirements for admission described in the “Graduate Education” section of the UCSB online catalog in addition to fulfilling the departmental admission requirements stated below. Applicants for admission to the M.A. program in Classics should have an undergraduate major or equivalent in Greek, Latin, or classics. Other students may be admitted if they demonstrate proficiency in ancient Greek and Latin, but they will be required to make up any deficiencies in their undergraduate training while completing the regular coursework for the M.A. degree.

Because a primary function of the M.A. program in Classics is to prepare students for the Ph.D., applicants are encouraged to apply to the M.A./Ph.D. degree program. However, continuation into the Ph.D. following completion of the M.A. is at the discretion of the faculty and is dependent upon proof of the student’s ability to do research at the Ph.D. level. Upon completing their M.A. in classics at UCSB, students wishing to continue into the Ph.D. program must submit one research paper and two letters of recommendation from ladder faculty in the Department of Classics. One of the ladder faculty must be willing to supervise the applicant’s Ph.D. work.

A candidate for admission to the Ph.D. must present an M.A. in classics from UC Santa Barbara or the equivalent from another institution. Students applying for admission to the Ph.D. program who have received their M.A. elsewhere (or who are reapplying some time after completing the M.A. in classics at UCSB) follow the M.A./Ph.D. admission program procedures. Admission is dependent upon proof of the applicant’s ability to do research at the Ph.D. level.

The requirements for admission to the M.A. and/or Ph.D. in classics with an emphasis in ancient history are the same as those spelled out above. It is expected that students will enter with upper-division undergraduate classes in Greek or Roman history.

The requirements for admission to the M.A. and/or Ph.D. in classics with an emphasis in literature and theory are the same as those listed above for the regular degrees in classics. It is generally expected that students will enter with at least one upper division undergraduate class in Greek or Roman history, and one introductory course in literary, cultural, or gender theory. Students who are admitted without the requisite undergraduate preparation are expected to take equivalent courses as soon as possible after entering the M.A. program.

Graduate study is supported by various sources including the department’s Argyropoulos Fellowship in Hellenic Studies.

Master of Arts – Classics (Requirements - PDF)

Master of Arts – Classics, Ancient History Emphasis (Requirements - PDF)

Master of Arts – Classics, Literature and Theory Emphasis (Requirements - PDF)

Doctor of Philosophy – Classics (Requirements - PDF)

Doctor of Philosophy – Classics, Ancient History Emphasis (Requirements - PDF)

Doctor of Philosophy – Classics, Literature and Theory Emphasis (Requirements - PDF)

Optional Interdisciplinary Emphases

Students pursuing a doctoral degree in Classics may petition to add the following Optional Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Emphases: Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Translation Studies

Requirement sheets for each emphasis may be found on this page.