Skip to content »
The “Twelve Tables” sets out the rationale and requirements of the five-year program leading to a Ph.D. in Classics, with detailed descriptions of all four degree tracks. When in doubt about the provisions, please consult the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS).
At the end of your fifth year of study you will need to determine if you will opt for the status of Dissertation Completion Enrollment (DCE) status or Enrollment Terminated/Degree Candidacy Continues (ET/DCC). For more information on these statuses please visit the Graduate School’s website.
(Updated December 2017)
The format for your dissertation is at Mudd Library’s website.
There is a maximum budget of $200 for dinner or lunch following your defense. The candidate should decide who they would like to invite and contact them directly. The department will also reimburse the candidate for up to two bound copies of their final dissertation.
25 business days prior to defense date (submit to Graduate Administrator):
15 business days prior to defense date:
10 business days prior to defense date:
1 week prior to defense date (submit to Graduate Administrator):
Day after or the day of Defense:
The Department of Classics provides Graduate Students who are on the job market with a Dossier Service. If you would like the Graduate Administrator to send your dossier to prospective employers, please ensure that you provide the following:
It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the Dossier package is complete. When making a request, be aware that normally the package sent will include the items received. If you are unsure about the completeness of your package, please verify with the Graduate Administrator in Room 141A East Pyne.
In addition to summer support provided by the Graduate School, the department is fortunate to be able to offer fellowships for short and long-term study. Many of our students have taken advantage of such grants, most commonly to study at the summer session of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. Funds are also available to provide summer traveling fellowships in classics or classical studies to Italy, Greece, and the eastern Mediterranean for dissertation research. Students are required to apply for funding via the Student Activities Funding Engine (SAFE) system.
The deadline for applying to the department is March 31.
The Group for the Study of Late Antiquity strongly supports research on the first millennium of the Common Era in Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Near East. The city of Rome is the attraction for most classicists. Recently, grants have also supported summer language study here and abroad, and some have funded child care.
Dissertation students are encouraged to apply for special fellowships overseas and are strongly supported by the Department. In recent years our students have held fellowships at the American Academy in Rome and the American School in Athens, West German Government (DAAD) fellowships in Cologne and Tübingen, a Fulbright Fellowship in Ankara, a Lady Davis Fellowship in Jerusalem, and a Hyde Fellowship at Oxford. There are also opportunities to spend a semester or a year at another American university, such as Harvard or the University of California-Berkeley.