The Doctor of Philosophy program in classics requires a minimum of 73 s.h. of graduate credit, including the courses listed below (19 s.h.). Students may count no more than 12 s.h. earned in courses numbered 3000-4999 toward the degree. Courses taken to complete the Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Classics do not count toward the degree. Students must maintain a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 3.00 to earn the degree.

Students also must take precomprehensive and comprehensive examinations and write a dissertation.

Required Courses

All of these:
CLSA:5010Proseminar in Classics1
CLSG:4076Greek Composition3
CLSG:5001Archaic Greek Literature3
CLSG:5002Classical and Hellenistic Literature3
CLSL:4076Latin Composition3
CLSL:5001Republican Literature3
CLSL:5002Imperial Literature3

The remaining coursework is made up of Department of Classics courses and other courses with approval of the graduate advisor.

Ph.D. Examinations

Ph.D. students must take precomprehensive exams in Latin sight reading and Greek sight reading, and must attempt one sight reading exam by the end of their first year of graduate study. Competence in reading both German and French must be demonstrated by the end of the second year of study.

Students must take the second-year exam at the end of their second year. The remaining exams may be taken in any sequence. Students must file a request for the fourth-year comprehensive exam at least three weeks before the date of the exam.

Sight-Reading Exam

  • Latin—four hours, written
  • Greek—four hours, written

Second-Year Exam

  • Literature and history—four hours, written

Fourth-Year Comprehensive Exam

  • Latin literature, based on reading list—three hours, written
  • Greek literature, based on reading list—three hours, written

If a student performs unsatisfactorily on either or both of the Latin and Greek reading list exams, the director of graduate studies sets up an oral exam in order to review questions on which the student did not exhibit sufficient knowledge.

Special Field or Author Exam

  • Greek—four hours, written
  • Latin—four hours, written

Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College; see the Manual of Rules and Regulations on the Graduate College website.

The University of Iowa's classics program is recognized for the excellent program it offers for graduate study in classics. A large proportion of its students pursue advanced degrees and most go on to teach at the college level.

Sample Plan of Study

Sample plans represent one way to complete a program of study. Actual course selection and sequence will vary and should be discussed with an academic advisor. For additional sample plans, see MyUI.

Classics, Ph.D.

Plan of Study Grid (Manual)
Academic Career
Any SemesterHours
73 s.h. must be graduate level coursework; graduate transfer credits from an accredited institution allowed upon approval. More information is included in the General Catalog and on department website. a  
Students pursuing a Ph.D. must be proficient in reading two modern foreign languages, typically French and German. Other modern languages may be substituted with the approval of the student's faculty advisor and the department chair. b  
 Hours0
First Year
Any Semester
Sight-Reading Exam in Greek or Latin prose and poetry in line with the survey course offered during first year.  
 Hours0
Fall
CLSG:5001 Archaic Greek Literature 3
Departmental Seminar c 3
Departmental Seminar c 3
 Hours9
Spring
Sight-reading exam in Greek and Latin  
CLSG:4076 Greek Composition 3
CLSG:5002 Classical and Hellenistic Literature 3
CLSA:5010 Proseminar in Classics 1
Departmental Seminar c 3
Departmental Seminar c 3
 Hours13
Second Year
Any Semester
Sight-Reading Exam in Greek or Latin prose and poetry in line with the survey course offered during second year.  
 Hours0
Fall
French or German competency requirement  
CLSL:5001 Republican Literature 3
Departmental Seminar c 3
Departmental Seminar c 3
 Hours9
Spring
CLSL:4076 Latin Composition 3
CLSL:5002 Imperial Literature 3
Departmental Seminar c 3
Departmental Seminar c 3
 Hours12
Third Year
Fall
French or German competency requirement  
Departmental Seminar c 3
Departmental Seminar c 3
 Hours6
Spring
Departmental Seminar c 3
Departmental Seminar c 3
 Hours6
Fourth Year
Fall
Departmental Seminar c 3
Departmental Seminar c 3
 Hours6
Spring
Comprehensive Exam  
Departmental Seminar c 3
Departmental Seminar c 3
 Hours6
Fifth Year
Fall
Prospectus Defense  
CLSG:7080
Greek Thesis
or Latin Thesis
3
 Hours3
Spring
CLSL:7080
Latin Thesis
or Greek Thesis
3
Final Exam d  
 Hours3
 Total Hours73