PhD in Classics

The Arch of Constantine, Rome

The Arch of Constantine, Rome

The Department of Classics offers PhD concentrations in Classical Literature, Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology. Our faculty is well known for scholarship in each of these of areas, especially Greek and Roman archaeology, ancient religion, Greek and Latin epic poetry, linguistics and epigraphy.

About the PhD Program

The PhD program offers training that combines individual specialization with a foundation of considerable breadth, and comprises 42 credit-hours beyond the 30 credit-hours required for the MA, culminating in the doctoral dissertation.

Ancient History Focus

In order to earn the PhD in Classics, Ancient History focus, students must:

  • Complete 72 credit hours of course work (42 credit hours beyond the 30 credit hours required for the MA)
  • Complete four specific courses, only required for students entering without an MA in Classics (CL 527: History of Greek Literature; CL 590: Greek Syntax and Stylistics; CL 538: History of Latin Literature; CL 595: Latin Syntax and Stylistics)
  • Complete graduate courses sufficient to provide basic proficiency in two areas of ancient history (Greece, Rome)
  • Complete one graduate seminar within the two areas of ancient history
  • Complete one graduate course focusing on an ancient historian
  • Complete one graduate seminar in each of the following three areas: Mediterranean archaeology, historiography, history or anthropology outside the ancient period (the latter two may be taken outside the Department of Classics.)
  • Pass a translation exam in two modern languages (two of French, German, Italian or modern Greek) (i.e., a translation exam in one language in addition to that passed for the MA)
  • Pass a set of three general exams 
  • Complete a dissertation

Language and Literature Focus

In order to earn the PhD in Classics, Language and Literature focus, students must: 

  • Complete 72 credit hours of course work (42 credit hours beyond the 30 credit hours required for the MA)
  • Complete four specific courses, only required for students entering without an MA in Classics (CL 527: History of Greek Literature; CL 590: Greek Syntax and Stylistics; CL 538: History of Latin Literature; CL 595: Latin Syntax and Stylistics)
  • Complete one graduate seminar in both ancient Greek language and literature and Latin language and literature
  • Complete one graduate survey or one graduate seminar in each of the following three areas: ancient history, Mediterranean archaeology, linguistics or literary theory (the last may be taken outside the Department Classics)
  • Pass a translation exam in two modern languages (two of French, German, Italian or modern Greek) (i.e., a translation exam in one language in addition to that passed for the MA)
  • Pass a set of three general exams
  • Complete a dissertation

Mediterranean Archaeology Focus

In order to earn the PhD in Classics, Mediterranean Archaeology focus, students must: 

  • Complete 72 credit hours of course work (42 credit hours beyond the 30 credit hours required for the MA)
  • Complete four specific courses, only required for students entering without an MA in Classics (CL 527: History of Greek Literature; CL 590: Greek Syntax and Stylistics; CL 538: History of Latin Literature; CL 595: Latin Syntax and Stylistics)
  • Complete one graduate survey course in each of two areas of Mediterranean archaeology (Greece, Rome)
  • Complete two graduate seminars in each of the two areas of Mediterranean archaeology
  • Complete one graduate course in ancient Greek or Latin prose relevant to Mediterranean archaeology
  • Complete one graduate survey course or seminar in the archaeology of a culture area outside the Mediterranean (e.g., Sub-Saharan Africa, temperate Europe, North America or Meso-America, usually taken outside the Department of Classics)
  • Complete one graduate seminar that emphasizes method and/or theory in and/or the history of archaeology (this may be taken outside the Department of Classics)
  • Complete one season (at least 6 weeks) of archaeological field work in an approved program
  • Pass a translation exam in two modern languages (two of French, German, Italian or modern Greek) (i.e., a translation exam in one language in addition to that passed for the MA)
  • Pass a set of three general exams 
  • Complete a dissertation
Student Testimonials

"My six years at UB were the best of my life, and I will always remember the professors, staff and fellow graduate students who helped me get to where I am today. When I arrived at UB in 2005, I was an eager, but very raw, young BA who had minimal knowledge of Ancient History and Archaeology. The UB Classics Department’s curriculum gave me the chance to create a foundation in these areas while developing my primary research interest of Ancient Greek Epic. As a result, I acquired the multifaceted expertise in the ancient world needed to call myself a true classicist."
– Wiliam Duffy, PhD '11 

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Rare coin from the Thomas B. Lockwood Collection
Rare coin from the Thomas B. Lockwood Collection

Rare coins from the Thomas B. Lockwood Collection

Contact

338 Millard Fillmore Academic Complex, North Campus

Phone: (716) 645-0459

malamud@buffalo.edu

Park Professor of Classics
Director of Graduate Studies
Co-editor, Arethusa
Department of Classics
College of Arts and Sciences

338 Millard Fillmore Academic Complex, North Campus

Phone: (716) 645-0459

malamud@buffalo.edu

Alison Blaszak

338 Millard Fillmore Academic Complex

Phone: (716) 645-0467

Fax: (716) 645-2225

ablaszak@buffalo.edu

Graduate and Undergraduate Secretary
Department of Classics
College of Arts and Sciences

338 Millard Fillmore Academic Complex

Phone: (716) 645-0467

Fax: (716) 645-2225

ablaszak@buffalo.edu