This program provides the strongest possible foundation for additional work in classics or related disciplines. Its graduates gain high competence in both Greek and Latin and receive training in research methodologies. Completion of this degree (or its approved equivalent from another institution) is a prerequisite for our department's Ph.D. program. With full-time study, this M.A. can be completed in two to three years, depending upon when a student elects to take comprehensive exams.

  • List of Degree Requirements

    Language placement exams

    • Taken upon entry into the program; used for placement purposes only

    Courses (30 cr / 10 courses total)

    • GR 511, Greek Prose Composition (3 cr)
    • LAT 511, Latin Prose Composition (3 cr)
    • GR 655, Survey of Greek Literature (3 cr), taken in the second year or above
    • LAT 655, Survey of Latin Literature (3 cr), taken in the second year or above
    • 6 other approved courses (18 cr total)


    • Modern language examination in French or German
    • M.A. comprehensive examinations in Greek and in Latin (preceded by sight-translation exams)

    Additional requirements

    • Submission of 2 approved research papers


  • Comprehensive Examinations

    Following a modern language exam in French or German and preliminary sight-translation exams in each language, the M.A. comprehensive exams include reading lists (translation exams) in Greek and in Latin, as well as essay exams on Greek and Roman literature and history.

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  • Graduate and Certificate Handbook

    Our Graduate and Certificate Handbook gathers into one place most of the departmental information that our students will need throughout their careers at Catholic University.

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