The comprehensive exams for the M.A. in Greek and Latin are preceded by two other foundational requirements: the modern language exam and the sight-translation exams.
Modern language examination in French or German
Competence in French or German is demonstrated by passing a departmental examination. The examination is one hour long and consists of a single passage of academic French or German. A dictionary may be used. To pass the examination, students must be able to translate approximately one full page into standard English with a high level of accuracy. Students who have not previously studied the language at the college level should first take and pass the graduate-level reading courses offered by the Department of Modern Languages (French 500 or German 500).
To qualify to take their translation (reading list) examinations in Greek or in Latin, graduate students must pass a sight examination in that language. Sight examinations are one hour long in each language, and consist of a single passage in prose and a single passage in poetry. They are taken without a dictionary by arrangement with the graduate advisor.
The comprehensives for the M.A. in Greek and Latin consist of the following four exams:
- Two 3-hour translation examinations, one in Greek and the other in Latin, based on official departmental reading lists of Greek and Latin texts:
- Two 3-hour essay examinations, in Greek and in Roman Literature/History, based on official departmental lists of secondary scholarship, with essay questions (one or more required) drawn from official departmental lists of questions known in advance:
- Greek M.A. secondary scholarship list
- Greek M.A. essay questions
- Latin M.A. secondary scholarship list
- Latin M.A. essay questions
A passing grade on comprehensive examinations is B minus (80%). Each examination is graded separately and awarded a high pass (90-100%), pass (80-89%), or failure (below 80%). Students who fail any examination may retake that examination a second time; failure on the second attempt at any one examination will result in dismissal from the program.