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The Graduate Center’s Program in Classics offers Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Greek and Roman Classics, with rigorous training in Latin and Ancient Greek. Students achieve mastery of the languages, literatures, and civilization of the Greco-Roman world and conduct original research which they present at conferences all over the world. In 2018-19, ten of our 22 students delivered 14 papers at professional conferences such as the Society for Classical Studies, the Classical Association of the Midwest and South, the Classical Association of the Atlantic States, the Classical Association of New England and in other scholarly settings such as Newcastle University (UK) and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Over the past three years graduates accepted full time teaching positions at Valparaiso University, Eckerd College, NYU (Gallatin School), NYU School of Liberal Studies, Queens College (CUNY), the Riverdale School and the University of Warsaw (3-yr postdoc).

The M.A. Program

The MA in Classics is a 2-year degree designed for students who wish to explore the ancient Greco-Roman world from various perspectives including post-graduates preparing to apply for PhD programs in classics, ancient history or archaeology, Latin teachers or prospective Latin teachers, and those who wish to continue studying the classical past for its own sake. Both full and part-time students are welcome. 
Course offerings cover a variety of subjects in Greek and Latin literature, ancient history, and philosophy ranging from masters level surveys and composition courses to research seminars at the Ph.D. level. Through a consortium with Fordham and New York Universities we offer students 7-9 graduate courses each semester, and students may choose to specialize in Classical Philology or Ancient History. Students may register for courses offered in the field at any of the participating institutions and have access to all their libraries.
We also sponsor a series of guest lectures, student-faculty roundtables and other special events throughout the year.
Courses of related interest are also available through the Graduate Center's Ph.D. Programs in Philosophy, Comparative Literature and History, and the Certificate Programs in Medieval Studies and Renaissance Studies.

Ph.D./M.A. Programs in Classics from GC Videography Fellows on Vimeo.

Dee Clayman

Executive Officer, Professor
Graduate Center
Room 3115.01

Phone 212-817-8151

Jennifer Tolbert Roberts

Professor, Acting Executive Officer
Graduate Center
Room 3115-01

Phone 212-817-8151