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M.A. in Classics



The M.A. in Classics program offers a Masters degree with courses in Ancient Greek and Latin languages, literature and culture, as well as allied offerings in ancient and medieval history, ancient and medieval philosophy, archaeology, Greek and Roman art, Renaissance studies, Jewish Studies. The Classics program also has a record of instruction and research in Early Christian and Renaissance Studies. We are committed to the belief that the study of the classical languages, Latin and Greek, together with the study of the rich and various cultural heritage with which it is inextricably intertwined, are essential for understanding both the core of the Western civilization and the details of all its aspects, as well as for the understanding of the languages derived from Latin and Greek, of English, and of any language at all.

The mission of the M.A. in Classics Program is to train classicists who may pursue a Ph.D. degree in Classics, History, Philosophy, Divinity, or other related fields or become Latin teachers.The program will also benefit those would choose a profession not closely related to Classics.

Furthermore, the M.A. in Classics may be combined with courses offered by the University of Kentucky Institute for Latin Studies. This is an ideal path for students who conceive tof he Latin patrimony as continuous from ancient until modern times. The Institute for Latin Studies  promotes the truth that the Latin language never lost its status of a language of active communication, and makes a natural and stronger connection between the classical studies and the modern world.

General goals:

  • To offer superior teaching in Latin and Greek language and literature at an advanced level.
  • To offer superior teaching in translation studies, and opportunites for research and presentation skills in Classics through graduate workshops.
  • To offer (in combination with the Graduate Certificate in Latin Studies) the unique opportunities for advanced understanding and application of Latin through the active, spoken use of the language both in and out of the classroom.
  • To offer advanced study of Ancient Greek language, literature, and culture, and its contacts with other Mediterranean languages such as Hebrew and Arabic, and opportnites for special focus on Ancient Greek's status as the lingua franca of the Ancient Mediterranean world until the Arab conquest.
  • To offer students of Anceint Greek a the full range of  texts from the Archaic to the Imperial periods
  • To familiarize students of Latin with the full history and sweep of the language into the Middle Ages and Renaissance, through the Modern Period, and into the present day.
  • To instill an understanding of the Classical past and how this heritage forms and remains vital to contemporary society and culture.
  • To give future teachers of Classics in schools an outstanding and careful preparation to be competitive for teaching positions.
  • To give students moving on to doctoral studies an exceptional and sound background of graduate study to be competitive in PhD program applications.

All essential information about our graduate programs should be available to you on-line at this site and that of the Graduate School. If you have additional questions about graduate studies at UK and in MCLLC programs, please contact the MCLLC Director of Graduate Studies:

Prof. Milena Minkova 

1037 Patterson Office Tower
University of Kentucky
Lexington KY 40506-0027