For Ph.D. in Classics:
- A minimum of three academic years of graduate study, of which at least two must be at the University of Washington and one, in full-time residence at the University for three out of four consecutive quarters.
- Ninety credits in courses approved by the Department as applicable toward an advanced degree. At least half of these credits (which include dissertation credits) must be at the 500-level or above.
- Competence in reading German and French or German and Italian, demonstrated by passing Departmental examinations.
- Graduate courses (or the equivalent) in Greek and Latin composition.
- The Classics Proseminar (or equivalent), CLAS 525.
- Written preliminary examinations:
- Translation exams on Greek and Latin literature. Reading lists in each language guide the student’s preparation for these exams.
- A written examination on a special field of Classical studies, e.g. a period of Greek or Roman history, Greek or Latin epigraphy, Athenian or Roman topography, Greek or Roman religion, Classical linguistics, metrics, or palaeography, an area of intellectual history, a literary theme or cultural institution. This examination must be taken before the doctoral orals but will preferably be taken earlier in the student’s graduate program.
- Written examinations on two special authors, one Greek and one Latin. Such examinations assume a deep familiarity with the text, a knowledge of the textual history, and the important secondary works and trends in scholarship. A special author examination may be taken only after the translation examination in that language has been passed.
- An oral general examination on Greek and Roman history, literature, philosophy and related subjects. This examination may be taken only after completion of requirements 2-6; upon passing it, the student is admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D.
- A dissertation approved by the student’s Supervisory Committee, and an oral examination on the dissertation.
- Fulfillment of all Graduate School requirements (see the University’s General Catalog).
Graduate students are expected to have teaching experience before completing their terminal degrees.