Requirements for the Graduate Programs in Classics
of The University of Vermont
A. For the Master of Arts in Greek and Latin
30 hours: 24 hours (= 8 three-hour courses, including 6 hours of Greek
or Latin 381) and 6 hours of thesis credits (GKLT 391). Three hours of
a course numbered at the 100 level may with permission of the Department
be applied to the M.A., in which case the Department must notify the Graduate
College Office. When you are in courses at the 200-level with undergraduates,
your instructor will either give you more work to do or grade your work
according to higher expectations than for the undergraduates. According
to Graduate College rules (see Catalogue, p. 18) the candidates for a graduate
degree must complete the program requirements with a minimum average of
3.00 (= B). More than two grades below B, or U on the thesis, may result
in dismissal from the Graduate College.
II. Reading List for the Comprehensive Examination:
Author and Text
|Homer Iliad 1, 8, 22
|Homer Odyssey any three books
|Hesiod Erga 1-250
|Lyric Poets any 4 complete in Campbell
||Bowra's Greek Lyric Poetry
|Drama 2 plays each for 3 of the 4 dramatists and those read in class
|Herodotus 1 book
|Thucydides 1 book
|Plato Apologyor other short dialogue; Republicbook 1
||Republic, Phaedo, Meno, Gorgias,one other dialogue
|Orators: Lysias in Adams or Jebb's book
||Selections from the Attic Orators
|Aristotle Poetics, Athenaion Politeia
|Other suggestions: Theocritus, Plutarch, Lucian, OT-LXX, NT, Xenophon
Author and Text
|Plautus 4 plays
|Terence 1 play
|Sallust 1 treatise
|Lucretius 3 books
|Cicero 2 orations, 5 other works, Abbot letters, de Senectute, de
|Caesar Bello Gallico4 books, Bello Civili1 book
|Tibullus 1 book
|Propertius 1 book
|Horace Odes3 books, Epistles1 book
|Vergil Aeneid8 books, Eclogues
|Ovid Metamorphoses1 book
|Juvenal 6 Satires
|Pliny the Younger Selected Letters
|Petronius Cena Trimalchionis
III. Modern Foreign Languages:
One modern language (French, German, Italian, or Spanish) is required.
To receive the Department's endorsement for continued work towards the
Ph.D. a reading knowledge of two of these languages is required. The exam
is administered orally in the following way: You will be asked to read
aloud and translate into English a text on a classical subject of about
one paragraph, chosen by the examiner. The test lasts about 10 minutes.
IV. The Comprehensive Exam has three parts, each taken on separate days.
The Department tries to accommodate itself to your request of date and
time for the exams. Each part can be attempted twice only.
The three parts are as follows:
(1) Greek and Latin Sight Exam (4 hours): one text of poetry and one
of prose in each language. There are some notes supplied. Texts will be
chosen from authors on the Reading List or from those read in courses you
have taken, or the equivalent in style and difficulty. This exam must be
passed before you may attempt either of the other two (which may be taken
in any order).
(2) Greek and Latin Philology (4 hours): Some objective questions consisting
of identifications of ancient authors, scholars, and reference materials;
essay questions on genres and themes in Greek and Latin literature; comparative
questions, particularly on the application of Greek sources in Latin literature.
(3) Greek and Roman History (3 hours): You may request a stress upon
either Greek or Roman, or split the test equally between the two; there
will be identifications, chronological questions, and essays, particularly
V. Thesis and Oral Examination:
The thesis cannot be formally submitted until all parts of the Comprehensive
Examination have been passed. When the thesis has been submitted, the Chair
of the thesis committee schedules an Oral Examination. All members of the
department are expected to attend, and other students are invited. This
examination is primarily upon the thesis.
The thesis is directed usually by one member of the Department. Choice
of thesis director is determined mainly by the subject matter of the thesis.
When you enroll for Greek or Latin 391, you can expect to meet weekly through
one or two semesters with your director and submit work in progress for
advice. The final format of the thesis must adhere to the requirements
established by the Graduate College. The Graduate College has a set of
procedures for preparation of the thesis and the oral examination. Read
them carefully. One requirement is that the Chair of the Oral Examination
be from outside the Department. Your thesis director and you should arrange
a choice of outside Chair very near the outset of your work on the thesis
You will also submit your thesis to at least one "second reader" from
within the Department. It is a good procedure to present the completed
draft well before the Oral Examination. You may also submits parts of your
work in progress to the second reader or to other faculty even from
the beginning of your research.
Do not forget that during the period of thesis preparation you must
also be preparing for the Comprehensive Examination, all parts of which
must be passed before the Oral Examination.
B. For the Master of Arts in Teaching of Latin and/or Greek
I. Application for this degree is made both to the College of Education
and to the Department of Classics.
This degree has no thesis requirement. The standards of performance
in courses taken with the Classics Department will be the same as for the
M.A. in Greek and Latin described above.
Usually students choose to concentrate in Latin. A second foreign
language is strongly recommended, either a modern one as a second teaching
field, or Greek.
IV. Teacher Certification:
Originally designed as a program of 30 credit hours (see Catalogue, p.
21) for those already licensed to teach, the program now may lead to licensure.
Those seeking licensure, however, will expect to complete the requirements
in two years with more than 30 credit hours: one year of graduate-level
courses (at least 21 hours) in Latin and/or Greek (Greek courses may be
applied to the degree in Latin and vice versa); a second year taking
courses necessary for licensure with the College of Education, including
one semester of practice teaching (supervised by both the faculty of the
Classics Department and the College of Education).
V. Comprehensive Examinations:
By the end of the second year the student must have passed a general comprehensive
exam including (1) a written sight examination in Latin and/or Greek (at
the student's option), (2) an examination in Roman history (or for the
candidate for the MAT in Greek, in Greek history), (3) an examination in
literature and philology, and (5) an oral examination on the pedagogy of
Latin and/or Greek. Preferably, the sight examination will be taken by
the end of the first year of study, the pedagogy examination at the conclusion
of the practice teaching. For the history examination an appropriate course
in Roman or Greek history may be substituted. For the examination in literature
and philology, the final examination in Greek and Latin 300, Pro-Seminar,
may be substituted.
For further information contact:
Prof. Robert Rodgers, Co-ordinator of Graduate Studies
Department of Classics
The University of Vermont
481 Main Street
Burlington, VT 05405