History and Classics

PhD in Classical Archaeology

Course requirements, language proficiency, and length of program for the PhD in Classical Archaeology depends to some extent on the student’s previous training and the student’s anticipated needs for the chosen area of specialization. Four to six years are normally required to complete the program.

The minimum period of residence is two academic years of full-time attendance at the University of Alberta.

Course work can normally be completed in one year, but for students deficient in a required language an additional year may be necessary.

Entrance Requirements

In addition to general Departmental requirements, students must have an MA in Classics or the equivalent.

Program Requirements

Courses:

Students must take and pass six (★18) graduate-level courses, including at least three (★9) from the Department of History and Classics at the 500-600 level; two (★6) courses at the 500-level in Greek or Latin (as is appropriate to the field of study), which may be included among those satisfying the preceding requirement; and CLASS 501 (★1).

Modern Language requirement:

Students must fulfill the Departmental language requirements in two modern languages relevant to the student’s field of study.

Comprehensive examinations:

Students must pass two written comprehensive examinations: one on the major ancient literary and archaeological sources relevant to the study of Classical or Hellenistic Greek art, monuments and topography; and one on the major ancient literary and archaeological sources relevant to the study of Roman Republican or Imperial art, monuments and topography. After the written examinations have been taken, there is an oral examination that covers both fields.

It is recommended that students take the oral candidacy examination by the middle of their third year.

Candidacy examination:

An oral examination on the student’s thesis proposal is designed to assess whether the student has (1) an adequate knowledge of the discipline and of the subject matter relevant to the thesis, and (2) the ability to pursue and complete original research at an advanced level.

It is recommended that students take the oral candidacy examination by the end of their third year.

Thesis and final oral examination:

The final oral examination will be on the student’s thesis, the text of which should normally be 200-300 pages in length.