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Classics

Students in the Ph.D. and M.A. Programs in Classics at The Graduate Center achieve mastery of the languages, literatures, and civilization of the Greco-Roman world.
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Students in the Ph.D. and M.A. Programs in Classics at The Graduate Center achieve mastery of the languages, literatures, and civilization of the Greco-Roman world.

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Degree Offered

Ph.D. in Classics

Full-time
Two concentrations

M.A. in Classics

Full-time/Part-time

Admissions Deadlines

Deadline for Fall Enrollment
Ph.D. – January 1
M.A. – April 15

The Graduate Center’s Classics Program offers students rigorous training in Latin and Ancient Greek, with a focus on research, teaching and ethics.

We cultivate an inclusive climate and encourage the study of antiquity from diverse perspectives. Our program is an integral part of The Graduate Center and of CUNY, the nation’s largest urban public university. Students engage in scholarship with faculty who are affiliated with campuses throughout CUNY, and they often teach CUNY’s remarkably diverse students.

The Classics Program emphasizes the study of Greek and Latin literature and intellectual history. Ph.D. students can choose to concentrate their studies in ancient history or classical philology.

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Focus on Teaching and Research

The Classics Program prioritizes professional development and experience in the areas of advanced teaching and research skills. The program facilitates adjust instructor placements and offers teacher training courses for students interested in pursuing a teaching career, and encourages interdisciplinary research via required dissertation and thesis projects which are conducted in close collaboration with the program’s expert faculty.

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Contribute to the Conversation

Students in the Ph.D. program conduct original research that they present at professional conferences all over the world. In recent years, students have presented or published papers via 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.

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Ethics and Responsibility

Crucial facets of graduate-level study in Classics at The Graduate Center are a commitment to ethical practices in teaching and research, a consideration of the role that Classics study plays in our broader culture, and a focus on diversifying the field and our understanding of it. We seek students willing and eager to ask difficult questions, explore complicated topics, and contribute positively to the field at large.

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Fund your education

The Classics Program works actively to match students with appropriate sources of financial support. Incoming Ph.D. students are automatically considered for five-year fellowships offered by The Graduate Center, and all students can pursue additional fellowships, grants and awards to help defray costs associated with their research or other academic activities.

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Rachel Kousser

Executive Officer and Professor, Classics; Professor, Art History

Artemida Tesho

Assistant Program Officer, Classics