Graduate Program Overview

The Department of Ancient Mediterranean Studies offers graduate work both in Classics and in Classical Archaeology leading to the degrees of Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy.  We encourage applications from talented and committed students, whose undergraduate careers have given them an appreciation of the rich, many-faceted nature of classics and classical archaeology as well as an interest in discovering a place of their own in these fields.  Course descriptions and program requirements for students interested in Classical Archaeology are currently listed on the Art History and Archaeology website.  

Students choosing to pursue studies in classical languages or literature but whose study in one or both of the languages may have come late and who need help getting up to speed rapidly will discover a program designed specifically to help them.  We offer a suite of innovative and rigorous introductory courses for students entering graduate level (informally known as the “Boot Camp” and “Rough Guide”) which are compulsory for all classics students and provide a strong basis for both coursework and research at the graduate level.

Upon completion of their degree our graduates possess a sound general competency in Classical Philology or Archaeology and are fully trained in the languages, literature, culture, thought, and histories of ancient Mediterranean cultures and societies.

Graduate students also have the opportunity to complete systematic work in the Ancient Studies Minor or a designated Concentration in one of several special areas: Studies in the Oral Tradition; Ancient Mediterranean Religion; Archaeology of the Ancient World; Ancient Political Culture; Late Antiquity; Rhetoric; The Classical Tradition.

Classics Graduate Students learn:

  • To design, propose, conduct, and disseminate the results of independent research.
  • To collaborate with other investigators in different fields as part of interdisciplinary teams.
  • To communicate research results in writing (papers, articles, chapters) and orally (in seminars, conference presentations, teaching).
  • To become effective instructors by learning how to design courses, organize lesson plans and assignments, lead class discussion, etc.
  • To participate in professional activities both within the department (e.g., workshops, lectures) and outside of it (e.g., conferences, professional organizations).

Professor Raymond Marks
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Classical Studies
222 Swallow Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211-4150