The Classical Languages Option is offered in cooperation with the University of Chicago's Classics Department. This option is designed primarily for students interested in studying Classics but whose language skills do not yet meet the graduate admissions requirements of most major Classics Departments. Most Classics Departments look for at least two years of either Greek or Latin (three years is preferred) and at least three years of the other language. A significant motivation for this course of study, although not the only one, is an interest in strengthening an application for doctoral study in Classics. In order to do that, a student contemplating using the Classical Languages Option should have one year of either Greek or Latin and at least two years of the other language before beginning MAPH.
During the week before autumn classes begin, students admitted to MAPH's Classical Languages Option are required to sit for competency exams, administered by the Classics Department, in both Latin and Greek. Results of these exams determine placement in appropriate-level language courses for the year.
Students choosing the Classical Languages Option are required to take the MAPH Core in Autumn, and seven elective courses, six of which must be in Greek or Latin, and to complete a thesis. Core is designed to both provide a broad foundation for critical methodologies applied across humanistic fields, and serve as the experiential common denominator linking otherwise highly individualized programs of study in MAPH. Students must receive a 'B-' or better in the Core and maintain a 'B' average in all of their courses. They work out their programs of study in consultation with a Faculty Advisor from the Classics Department. In addition to writing a MAPH thesis, students in the Classical Languages Option must pass, in Spring Quarter, the MAPH reading exam in both Greek and Latin. This exam is set and graded by faculty in the Classics Department.
Students in the Classical Language Option are expected to concentrate their study on the weaker of their two classical languages in order to bring their skills up to entry-level competence for a major Classics Ph.D. program.
For information on Classics courses and faculty consult the Classics web site.