Classical Studies Program

Checklist for M.A. Students of Ancient History Planning to Pursue a Ph.D.

Courses (besides the standard History requirements)

In order to be admitted to a doctoral program in ancient history/Classics, you must study Greek and Latin: 3 years of one and 2 years of the other on your college transcript is the minimum language preparation for a Fresno State student. As a doctoral student, you will have to take Greek and Latin translation exams in order to continue, and lexica are not normally allowed in the examination room.

Greek:

in high school/tutoring: __years
where? ____________________________

as undergraduate/post-baccalaureate: __years
where? _____________________________

as graduate: _____years
where? _____________________________

total undergraduate/post-bacc./graduate:
_______ years

Latin:

in high school/tutoring: __years
where? ____________________________

as undergraduate/post-baccalaureate: __years
where? _____________________________

as graduate: _____years
where? _____________________________

total undergraduate/post-bacc./graduate:
_______ years

It would be wise to ask at least one tenured or tenure-track Fresno State professor with whom you have done well in Greek and Latin courses to write a letter of recommendation for your doctoral application.

German, French, and Italian

In order to pass the reading exams for a Classics/ancient history doctoral program (normally in the first or second year), you must have reading proficiency in German, French, and/or Italian; a dictionary is usually allowed in the examination room. (Spanish is not required, but it does help with reading the other Romance languages.) Can you accurately translate a solid page of at least two of these languages with a dictionary in an hour? If not, enroll in a class here or start working with a tutor. Some research universities have Reading German/French/Italian courses during the summer that are specifically tailored for graduate students.

Need further Assistance or Information?

Please contact Honora Chapman (278-4757, Peters 433) for further information about Greek and Latin courses at Fresno State.