M.A. in Classics

The M.A. program in Classics offers a degree with courses in Greek and Latin languages, literature and culture, as well as allied offerings in ancient and medieval history, ancient and medieval philosophy, archaeology, Greek and Roman art, and Renaissance studies. The Classics program also has a record of instruction and research in Early Christian and Renaissance Studies. It is committed to the belief that the study of the classical languages, Latin and Greek, together with the study of the rich and various cultural heritage with which it is inextricably intertwined, are essential for understanding both the core of the Western civilization and the details of all its aspects, as well as for the understanding of the languages derived from Latin and Greek, of English, and of any language at all.

The mission of the M.A. Program is to train classicists who would become Latin teachers, or who, having obtained a solid knowledge of the classical languages, would pursue a Ph.D. degree in Classics, History, Philosophy, Divinity, or other related fields; while the classical training of graduates of the Program who would choose a profession not closely related to Classics would lead them to excellence in any endeavor they may engage in.

Furthermore, the M.A. Program, through its track in the University of Kentucky Institute for Latin Studies, conceives the Latin patrimony as continuous from ancient until modern times, and the Latin language as never having lost its status of a language of active communication, which makes a natural and stronger connection between the classical studies and the modern world.

General goals:

  • To offer superior teaching in Latin and Greek language and literature at an advanced level.
  • To offer unique opportunities for advanced understanding and application of Latin through the active, spoken use of the language both in and out of the classroom.
  • To familiarize students of Latin with the full history and sweep of the language into the Middle Ages and Renaissance, through the Modern Period, and into the present day.
  • To instill an understanding of the Classical past and how this heritage forms and remains vital to contemporary society and culture.
  • To give future teachers of Classics in schools an outstanding and careful preparation to be competitive for teaching positions.
  • To give students moving on to doctoral studies an exceptional and sound background of graduate study to be competitive in PhD program applications.
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