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Ninety credit hours beyond the bachelor degree, including:
- Latin prose composition (3 hours)
- 6 seminars in Classical Civilization or Latin (i.e., 18 credits of coursework in classes other than independent or direct study)
- Participation in at least three Summer Latin Institutes
Additional credit hours may be earned through additional seminars and elective coursework, independent study projects (including those leading to examinations), advanced research (LNW 7979), and dissertation research (LNW 7980).
Application for credit for previous graduate coursework in other departments or at other institutions must be submitted before the beginning of the third semester of doctoral study. No more than 30 credits of a masters degree from another institution may be transferred to a doctoral program.
Examinations and Dissertation
- Written examinations (as specified below)
- Comprehensive preliminary oral examination and prospectus defense
- Final examination and public defense of the dissertation
Written Examinations in Latin and Roman Studies
(i) Comprehensive Latin reading examination. A three-hour examination in Latin. The examination will present the student with six passages (three in prose, three in poetry) selected from the reading list. The student will translate four of the six passages. Any student who fails to pass this exam on the third attempt is subject to dismissal from the program.
(ii) Comprehensive examination on the history of Latin literature in its historical context. A two-hour examination on all aspects of the development and history of Latin literature. The student will write essays on literary topics, placing authors, works, or genres in their historical contexts, and explain the historical and social significance of their writings. Any student who fails to pass this exam on the third attempt is subject to dismissal from the program.
(iii) Special topic. A two-hour examination or a 15-25 page paper on the work of an author or on a literary or historical topic studied in depth under the direction of a Classics faculty member. Any student who fails to pass this exam on the third attempt is subject to dismissal from the program.
(iv-v) Modern Language Proficiency. Students are required to demonstrate reading proficiency in two of the following modern languages: French, German, Italian. This requirement may be satisfied either by approved coursework or reading examination.
N.B.: These exams may be taken at UF or at a remote location, under the supervision of an approved proctor. Ideally, students will complete them by the summer of their fourth year, but we understand and expect that the exact scheduling of these exams will vary, depending on each students goals.
CandidacyA student who has completed all coursework requirements and passed all written exams must successfully present a dissertation prospectus and pass a preliminary oral examination conducted by a supervisory committee, consisting of a chair and three other members, one of whom must be in a field outside of Classics. In accordance with university regulation, the student is required to be on campus for the preliminary oral exam.
Dissertation and Final ExaminationEach doctoral candidate must prepare and present a completed dissertation that shows independent investigation and that is acceptable in form and content to the supervisory committee and to the Graduate School. The work must be of publishable quality and must be in a form suitable for publication, using the Graduate Schools format requirements. The final examination takes place in a forum open to the public, after the dissertation has been submitted to the supervisory committee, and should be announced at least two weeks prior to its scheduled date. In accordance with university regulation, the student is required to be on campus for the final exam.
- A graduate degree (MA, MS, MDiv vel sim.).
- Completion of three years of college-level Latin.
- Current employment as a teacher. A letter from the applicants supervisor verifying employment as a teacher must be submitted to the Classics Department as part of the application materials.
English Language RequirementsIELTS band: 6 TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test: 80
Many departments and colleges within UF offer scholarships, assistantships and fellowships to qualified students pursuing masters degrees and doctoral degrees. Contact your specific graduate program to find out what financial aid opportunities are available at the department and college level, and what is required to qualify for them.
The University of Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and thus all UF degree programs carry this accreditation (and are held to very high peer-review and administrative/bureaucratic approval processes during the development of courses and programs).