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Ph.D. Program in Classics and Ancient Philosophy

The aim of this program is to highlight the essentially interdisciplinary nature of the study of Greek and Roman philosophy by encouraging graduate students in Classics and in Philosophy to have sustained formal contact with faculty and students in the other department. In particular, Philosophy students are helped by the broader literary, historical, and cultural background to be gained by studying in Classics, and students in Classics are helped in gaining a deeper and broader understanding of philosophical issues and problems.

Application to the program will be made after the M.A. and before the General Examination, but course work completed prior to formal application can be accepted towards the program requirements.

The following requirements are in addition to the regular requirements of the student’s home Department:

  1. Four courses at the graduate level (400 and above) in the other Department, at least one of which must be at the 500 level. Because different students are imagined to have different needs and interests, no particular courses are required, but each student will be expected to come up with a coherent course of study, to be approved by the advisors in both departments.
  2. A member of the non-home department will be a member of the student’s supervisory and dissertation committees.