Graduate Programs

Explore our Graduate Programs

We offer a Master of Arts (MA) in classics. Students choose between a focus on ancient languages and literature or classical archaeology and material culture. Our program prepares students to successfully go on to PhD programs. We offer a fully funded MA for qualified students.


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The MA degree in Classics prepares students for further training in classics and related disciplines at the PhD level, such as teaching Latin in schools. Students can focus their coursework on Greek, Latin, or both, or students can focus on classical archaeology and material culture. We consider it a priority to help students move up in their educational and vocational journeys. The MA degree is completed partially through course work and partially through writing a thesis or completing translation exams.


Areas of Focus

We offer two areas of focus for our Master of Arts: Language and Literature, and Classical Archaeology and Material Culture. Explore both areas of focus and find your track.


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Finding Community in the Department of Classics

“Studying at the University of Oregon has given me the ability, resources, and encouragement to do what I've always wanted: study the lives of the people of ancient Rome.”

—Leah Atkins, Classics M.A., Spring 2022


Courses

Our Classics courses provide students with a deep understanding of the Greek and Roman cultures, as well as emphasize the continued relevance of these cultures to the contemporary world. From art, history, and language courses to anthropology and archeology, students will gain the necessary mastery across the classics and be well prepared to step into either their PhD studies or career field.


Funding your Graduate Studies

The Department of Classics fully funds qualified graduate students through graduate employee positions. All students accepted into the MA program may apply for these funds.

Funding and Research Support


Career

Prepare for the Professional World

Our students graduate fully prepared to step into the next chapter of their careers. From becoming language teachers in secondary education, to archaeologists working at the government level, museum administrators or curators, or data scientists and programmers, our alumni have gone onto a wide breadth of successful careers. We hold a 100% acceptance rate into Classics and related PhD programs.

Career and Professional Development


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Our Graduate Students

The faculty and affiliated members of the Department of Classics strive to create an equitable and inclusive environment for all students with small classes and one-on-one mentorships. We encourage applicants to tour our beautiful campus and to speak with current graduate students to get a feel for the work that is involved and the experiences that they have had at the University of Oregon.

Resources for the Graduate Community


Events

Let's Talk - Wednesdays 2-4PM @ BCC
Dec6
Let's Talk - Wednesdays 2-4PM @ BCC Dec 6 Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center
Special Collections Research Fellows Speaker Series: Zoey Kambour, 2023 Martha Thorsland Baker Fellow
Dec21
Special Collections Research Fellows Speaker Series: Zoey Kambour, 2023 Martha Thorsland Baker Fellow Dec 21
Reading by Claire Luchette & Morgan Thomas
Jan10
Reading by Claire Luchette & Morgan Thomas Jan 10 Knight Library
Special Collections Research Fellows Speaker Series
Jan18
Special Collections Research Fellows Speaker Series Jan 18
New Media and Culture Certificate Open House
Jan22
New Media and Culture Certificate Open House Jan 22 Knight Library
Wine Chat: "The Sisterhood: How a Network of Black Women Writers Changed American Culture"
Jan25
Wine Chat: "The Sisterhood: How a Network of Black Women Writers Changed American Culture" Jan 25 Capitello Wines
Never Convicted, Never Prosecuted: How Traitors Wrote Their Way Out of Prison and Into Lost Cause Mythology
Jan30
Never Convicted, Never Prosecuted: How Traitors Wrote Their Way Out of Prison and Into Lost Cause Mythology Jan 30 McKenzie Hall
Winter Career & Internship Expo
Feb1
Winter Career & Internship Expo Feb 1 Erb Memorial Union (EMU)
Guest Worker: Lives across Borders in an Age of Prosperity, 1919-75
Feb13
Guest Worker: Lives across Borders in an Age of Prosperity, 1919-75 Feb 13 McKenzie Hall
Poetry Reading by Aaron Baker 
Feb14
Poetry Reading by Aaron Baker  Feb 14 Knight Library