Guide to the MA in Classics
All the details of this document are subject to, and supplemented by, the regulations of the Texas Tech University Graduate School, the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures, and the current Graduate Catalog, or the catalog under which the student completes the program.
General Description of the Program
The Master of Arts degree in Classics, established in 1974, provides advanced training for current and prospective teachers of Latin in secondary school, and prepares students planning to continue in Ph.D. studies in Classics elsewhere. Areas covered, based on concentrated language study in Latin and Greek, include Literary Criticism, the Classical Tradition, and Archaeology, as well as Ancient Philosophy, History, and Sexuality and Gender. The program features a diverse faculty who are at home in both traditional Classical scholarship and contemporary theoretical approaches.
Two journals are edited here: The American Journal of Philology (Editor: David Larmour; Book Review Associate Editor: Donald Lavigne) and Intertexts (Editor: Jacob Blevins; Associate Editor: David Larmour). For AJP, the department funds a full-time graduate assistant (a Classics MA student); Intertexts also offers students the opportunity to assist with editorial work.
The Graduate Advisor
The current Graduate Advisor, Dr. Donald Lavigne, coordinates the Graduate Program, keeps graduate students' records, advises students regarding degree programs, and assists students in making sure that requirements and deadlines are met. The Graduate Advisor is not the only mentor; students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with all Graduate Faculty members and to choose whom they find appropriate for mentoring.
The Classics Faculty
Dr. Hannah Friedman, Assistant Professor of Classical Archaeology
Roman Archaeology, Metallurgy
Dr. Corby Kelly, Assistant Professor of Classics, Undergraduate Advisor
Latin Poetry, Elegy, Ancient Magic, Theater
Dr. David Larmour, Horn Professor of Classics, Editor of AJP
Greek Poetry, Latin Satire, Literary Theory, Comparative Literature
Dr. Donald Lavigne, Associate Professor of Classics, Graduate Advisor, Coordinator of Classics Division
Archaic Greek Poetry, Greek and Latin Epigram, Gender and Critical Theory
Dr. Julian Frederick Suppe, Professor of Classics
Presocratics, Greek Science and Philosophy, Patristics, Roman Spain
Dr. Christopher Witmore, Associate Professor of Classical Archaeology
Mediterranean Archaeology, Archaeological Theory, Bronze Age Greece
The following professors teach courses at Texas Tech pertinent to Classical Studies:
Howard J. Curzer, Professor of Philosophy
Greek Philosophy, Ethics
Gary Forsythe, Associate Professor of History
Greek and Roman History
John Howe, Professor of History
Medieval Studies, Church History
Esen Ogus, Assistant Professor of Art History
Ancient Mediterranean Art History
Aliza Wong, Associate Professor of History
Modern Italy, Italian History
- The Library. It includes a solid collection of basic classical texts, dictionaries, concordances, atlases, periodical runs, the standard corpora of Latin and Greek inscriptions, and other fundamental research materials in Classics such as Pauly-Wissowa and L'Année Philologique. The Library's Special Collections includes a repository of rare sixteenth and seventeenth century editions of classical authors, among them Aldine editions.
- The Jirgensons Reading Room, a location for study in the Foreign Language Building with a small collection of Latin and Greek authors, Greco-Roman history, and basic Latin and Greek teaching texts.
- THe AJP Collection, books published since 2007 in Classics and related areas
- The TLG, PHI, and other databases.
The Classics Graduate Studies Committee
The Classics MA Program functions with the support of a Graduate Studies Committee, whose purpose is to provide advice regarding the conduct of the program. The Committee is composed of the members of the Classics Graduate Faculty plus one student representative, elected each fall semester by the Classics graduate students currently in progress toward a degree. The representative chosen should be available for meetings on campus during each semester.
Career Development & Recent Graduates
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Admission to the Classics M.A. degree program presupposes an undergraduate major's proficiency in either Latin or Greek, or as close to the equivalent as possible. Proficiency in the other of the two classical languages is needed for completion of the degree. Applicants wishing to specialize in ARCHAEOLOGY AND MATERIAL CULTURE may be considered with lower levels of language proficiency and should contact Dr. Christopher Witmore.
Study can be pursued with a concentration in one of three areas or a combination thereof: Archaeology, Language and Literature. A degree plan for each student will be set in consultation with the Graduate Advisor. Students who wish to study Language and Literature should have significant experience in Greek or Latin, preferably both. Students for Archaeology or Classical Culture should have significant background in Archaeology and/or Classical Culture; knowledge of Greek and/or Latin is desirable, but not necessary. In all cases, admission decisions and the formation of a degree plan will be based on a holistic review of the candidate’s dossier. There is broad scope to create a program of study suited to students’ needs.
Tuition and Fees
Current tuition and fee costs can be found on the Graduate School website.
Information on CMLL Graduate Student Financial Support can be found here.
1. Basic framework. The program extends over two years. There are two options: 36 hours minimum of regular courses (9 hours per semester) , or 30 hours minimum of regular courses plus 6 hours minimum of thesis hours.
Early in a student's first semester, a Degree Program will be compiled and submitted to the Graduate School, listing the courses to be taken as part of the student's program. This Degree Program is subject to revision as necessary.
The ordinary pattern of core course offerings in a Degree Program is as follows:
- The third course in Fall A and Fall B will be determined by student needs and the specialties of available faculty.
- One of the Latin courses in every two-year cycle will be in Prose Composition.
- Specific topics in courses, ordinarily specifying authors, genres, or theoretical approaches, will be chosen with a view to the needs of the current graduate students and the specialties of the faculty.
- New students enroll in a LING course on the pedagogical methods required for teaching Classics at the optional college level. In the other Fall a course on Literary Theory is offered; these courses are offered on a continual rotation.
- Teaching Assistants' and Part Time Instructors' first priority will be to enroll in these courses. After these courses have achieved their minimum enrollment, flexibility will allow for students to take courses offered by faculty in other areas (e.g. Ancient History, Ancient Philosophy).
- Any member of the graduate faculty may direct a thesis. The thesis committee ordinarily consists of the Director and one or two other members, chosen by the student in consultation with the Graduate Advisor. The course pattern of a thesis student will be adjusted according to the student's needs and future plans.
2. The M.A. language requirement. The Graduate School requires sophomore proficiency in a second language for completion of the Classics MA degree. Classics graduate students meet and surpass this requirement by taking courses in both Latin and Greek in their degree program.
3. Exams. All students will have a Comprehensive Oral Exam in their final semester. A thesis is generally required for students in Archaeology or Classical Culture. Students in Philology are required to take CLAS 5305 (Aims and Methods of Classical Scholarship) and LAT 5360 (Prose Composition). All students will have a Language Proficiency Exam in their final semester.