MA: Ancient History Concentration

Paestum, Italy.

The ruins of Paestum, Italy

The MA in Classics: Ancient History deepens the student's knowledge of ancient history, sharpens their skills in ancient historical research, and improves their fluency in one or more classical languages, even with no prior training in the languages. Graduates of this focus will possess the necessary training and experience to pursue admission to a PhD in Classics or History, as well as supplemental and preparatory work for programs in secondary education.

Our faculty has a collective mastery of Greek and Roman history from the emergence of Greece to Late Antiquity, as well as the technical expertise required for the modern study of ancient Mediterranean history in the 21st Century. We have traditionally excelled in the study of Classical Archaeology and Ancient Material Culture, crucial specialties in the contemporary study of ancient history.

Degree Requirements

In order to earn the MA degree, Ancient History focus, students must complete 30 credit hours of course work, including:

  • Two semesters of either Greek or Latin (6 credits)
  • HIS 501: Historical Inquiry (3 credits)
  • Two independent studies (6 credits)
  • One thesis guidance (3 credits)
  • Four electives (12 credits)
  • Complete a major project or exam