The examination and course requirements which every student must satisfy before being advanced to candidacy to write a dissertation are intended to ensure attainment, up to at least the minimum level essential for a Classical scholar, of specific skills and all-round competence in the languages (ancient and modern), in the history, literature, and culture of ancient Greece and Rome, in the fundamental techniques of scholarship, and in the ability to sustain informed and penetrating discussion; the dissertation is intended to demonstrate the student’s ability to make a successfully independent and original contribution to research.
In addition the program has a practical professional aim. The holder of a Berkeley Ph.D. in Classics should be able to teach any lower division course in Greek or Latin, any upper division course in the language of special emphasis, and graduate courses in at least one area in the language of special emphasis and/or in an area common to both languages. This is the minimal aim, but all will be encouraged to go beyond it.
The doctoral degree program will ordinarily involve completion, with a satisfactory grade (“B” or higher), of at least 64 units of course work between the beginning of the M.A. program and advancement to candidacy (for new students entering the program directly the GA may grant credit for equivalent courses completed satisfactorily elsewhere).
- 84 months
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DisciplinesArea & Cultural Studies General Studies & Classics View 11 other PhDs in General Studies & Classics in United States
An applicant with an M.A. is expected to offer substantially stronger preparation in at least one of the two languages, since the Committee will be judging such an applicant against a real or notional pool of other M.A. students and not against students with only a B.A.
In brief, an application consists of:
- Statement of Purpose
- Letters of recommendation. A minimum of three letters of recommendation is required.
- Writing sample
- GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores.
International33958 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 16979 USD per semester during 84 months.
National33958 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 16979 USD per semester during 84 months.
In-State18856 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 9428 USD per semester during 84 months.
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