Classics

2014-15 Tuition

$29,500

Application deadlines

Fall, Jan. 5; no spring admission

Requirements summary

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
  • three recommendations
  • GRE general test
  • writing sample

Degrees

  • Ph.D.

Subjects

  • Classics (Ph.D.)

Major concentrations

  • ancient history
  • ancient philosophy
  • classical archaeology
  • classical literature and philology
  • Greek and Latin language and linguistics
  • medieval and Renaissance Latin literature

Minor concentrations

  • classical myth
  • classical rhetoric
  • Indo-European linguistics

The Ph.D. degree requires six semesters in residence and the successful completion of one of the programs listed below (the M.A. is not a prerequisite for the Ph.D.).

Ancient History
Ancient History at Cornell can be studied either in the Field of History or in the Field of Classics. The concentration aims to train students both as historians and as classicists. It is designed differently for students in the two Fields, but strongly encourages those in one Field to strengthen their preparation by relevant work in the other.

Ancient Philosophy
The study of ancient philosophy at Cornell is administered jointly by the Fields of Classics and Philosophy, and members of the two Fields cooperate in teaching and supervising graduate students. The program aims at training productive scholars and effective teachers of ancient philosophy who will also be well-rounded classicists and philosophers. The concentration is designed differently for students in the two Fields, but it strongly encourages those in one Field to strengthen their preparation by relevant work in the other.

Classical Archaeology
The Concentration in Classical Archaeology aims to provide the training and context to produce scholars ready to engage in cutting-edge archaeological research and teaching about the Greek and Roman worlds (including Cyprus and the wider Mediterranean area) in any period from prehistory through to Late Antiquity. Candidates are trained to be qualified for academic positions with an archaeological focus in Departments of Classics, History of Art, or Anthropology, as well as in interdisciplinary Archaeology Programs concerned with the ancient world and complex societies. The Cornell program offers a strong institutional setting, combining a long pedigree in outstanding Classical scholarship, cognate departments and courses in History of Art, Near Eastern Studies, and Anthropology, and world-leading science departments for those seeking to develop inter-disciplinary projects.

Classical Literature and Philology
This concentration, focusing on Greek and Latin languages and literature, is the most frequently chosen Ph.D. program in the Field of Classics, and provides students with the opportunity to follow a traditional training in philology and textual criticism, to explore Classical literature in the light of modern literary critical methodology, or to do both. The Graduate Faculty offers seminars and other graduate-level courses, taught from a wide range of critical perspectives, on ancient authors from Homer to Boethius and on topics such as textual criticism, epigraphy, and Greek and Roman Religion, to name but a few.

Greek and Latin Languages and Linguistics
Graduate applicants to the Field of Classics whose primary interest is in the Greek and Latin languages per se may choose to pursue the Concentration in Greek and Latin Languages and Linguistics. The aim of this concentration is to acquire a broad background in general linguistics; Greek, Latin, and Indo-European linguistics; and Greek and Latin philology.

Application:
Applicants must submit GRE general test scores and a writing sample.

Frederick Ahl -- Concentrations: classical myth; classical rhetoric; classical literature and philology; Research interests: epic and tragedy; mythology
Annetta Alexandridis -- Concentrations: classical archaeology; Research interests: Greek and Roman art
Benjamin W. Anderson -- Concentrations: ancient history; Research interests:
Caitlin Barrett -- Concentrations: classical archaeology; Research interests: classical archaeology and egyptology
Tad Brennan -- Concentrations: ancient philosophy; Research interests: Hellenistic philosophy; ancient ethics
Charles Brittain -- Concentrations: classical rhetoric; classical literature and philology; ancient philosophy; Research interests: ancient philosophy; Greek and Latin literature
Gail Fine -- Concentrations: ancient philosophy; Research interests: ancient philosophy
Michael Fontaine -- Concentrations: classical literature and philology; Research interests: Latin language and literature
Kathryn Gleason -- Concentrations: classical archaeology; Research interests: Roman archaeology; landscape archaeology; gardens and designed landscapes of the ancient Mediterranean
Kim Haines-Eitzen -- Concentrations: Research interests: Late Antiquity; early Christianity; literacy and gender issues in the period; New Testament Greek; Manerla (Mediterranean) and Near Eastern religions in Late Antiquity
Andrew Hicks -- Concentrations: classical literature and philology; Research interests:
Lori Khatchadourian -- Concentrations: classical archaeology; Research interests: eastern Mediterranean in antiguity; Achaemenid Persian empire; first millenium BC near east; archaeology of Eurasia and the South Caucasus
Scott MacDonald -- Concentrations: ancient philosophy; Research interests: ancient philosophy
David Mankin -- Concentrations: classical literature and philology; Research interests: Latin literature
Sturt Manning -- Concentrations: classical archaeology; Research interests: Aegean, Cypriot and East Mediterranean prehistory; archaeology; dendrochronology; radiocarbon dating; climate and history
Larry McCrea -- Concentrations: Greek and Latin language and linguistics; Research interests: Greek and Latin languages and linguistics; Sanskrit
Alan Nussbaum -- Concentrations: classical literature and philology; Research interests: Greek, Italic, and Indo-European linguistics
Hayden Pelliccia -- Concentrations: classical literature and philology; Research interests: Greek literature
Verity Platt -- Concentrations: classical archaeology; Research interests: Greek and Roman art
Pietro Pucci -- Concentrations: classical myth; classical rhetoric; classical literature and philology; ancient philosophy; Research interests: textual criticism; Greek epic, drama, and mythology
Hunter Rawlings -- Concentrations: classical literature and philology; ancient history; Research interests: ancient history; Greek Literature and history
Eric Rebillard -- Concentrations: ancient history; Research interests: ancient history
Courtney Roby -- Concentrations: classical literature and philology; ancient philosophy; Research interests: ancient science and technology
Jeffrey Rusten -- Concentrations: Greek and Latin language and linguistics; classical literature and philology; Research interests: Greek language, literature, and history
Barry Strauss -- Concentrations: classical archaeology; classical myth; classical rhetoric; classical literature and philology; ancient history; Research interests: ancient history
Michael Weiss -- Concentrations: Greek and Latin language and linguistics; Research interests: Indo-European linguistics; Greek and Latin language and linguistics

Graduate School Professors (emeritus)

Kevin Clinton -- Concentrations: classical archaeology; classical myth; classical literature and philology; Research interests: Greek literature; Greek religion; Greek epigraphy
Terence Irwin -- Concentrations: ancient philosophy; Research interests: ancient philosophy
Peter Kuniholm -- Concentrations: Research interests: classical archaeology; Aegean dendrochronology
Andrew Ramage -- Concentrations: Research interests: Greek and Roman art and archaeology
Winthrop Wetherbee -- Concentrations: Research interests: medieval Latin; medieval philosophy and literature

Classics Assessment Plan

 

Faculty assess student performance through a variety of direct and indirect measures; these include:

  • the assignment of registration units, which record student progress semiannually;
  • official milestones such as qualifying exams (Q exams), administered early in an academic program, admission to candidacy exams (A exams) which assess breadth and depth in the discipline, the defense of the thesis (B exams); and
  • public presentations of scholarly work.

To learn more about Classics Assessment Plan go to Learning Outcomes and Associated Assessments.