Classics is the investigation of the life and cultural expressions of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds. Today, Rutgers finds itself in the forefront of some of the most vital areas of inquiry: constructions of ethnicity, sexuality, and freedom; performance of music, drama, and poetry; democracy, tyranny, and resistance to inequality; the social dimensions of law; academic and popular philosophy; and the culture of athletics.
In addition, we have developed an ambitious digital teaching initiative that leverages our unusually rich archive of archaeological images (some dating back to the late 1920s) and world-class collection of Republican Roman coins.
The greek word euporia means wealth or abundance, often visualized as a harvest cornucopia. In addition to taking courses with our core faculty and those in affiliated departments, a consortium allows our graduate students to take courses at Princeton, Columbia, and other universities in the New York metropolitan area.
The Ph.D. candidate is expected to have a knowledge of all major authors; to include work beyond both the Greek fifth and fourth centuries B.C.E. and the Republican and Augustan periods of Rome; to have an acquaintance with the inter-dependence of Greek and Roman literature and culture; to demonstrate an understanding of past and current scholarly trends; and to undertake research in a specific aspect of classics or its related fields.
The Ph.D. candidate is expected to complete at least 48 credits of coursework beyond the bachelor's degree and to demonstrate a reading knowledge of German and either French or Italian. In the final semester of coursework, candidates for the Ph.D. must take preliminary comprehensive examinations comprising Greek and Latin translation and general knowledge questions on Classical texts, based on the Ph.D. reading list, as well as questions on a special field and a special author. Upon successful completion of the exams, in the subsequent semester, students must submit a thesis proposal for approval by the department faculty.
* To be accepted into the Rutgers Classics graduate program, an applicant should have the equivalent of at least three years of college-level Latin and two years of college-level ancient Greek (M.A.T. applicants are exempt from the ancient Greek requirement). Successful applicants typically have an overall GPA of at least 3.3, and higher in the major. All available transcripts and other materials should be sent directly to Rutgers Graduate Admissions.
* Applicants must take the GRE exam. Successful applicants typically report scores above 163 VB and 5.0 WR.
* Competency in French, German, or Italian at the time of matriculation is desirable, though not a requirement.
* Three letters of recommendation are required and should be sent directly to Rutgers Graduate Admissions.
English Language RequirementsIELTS band: 7 TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test: 79
Rutgers Classics offers a number of funding options to PhD students. The standard package is five years, with a fellowship stipend for the first and last years, and a teaching assistantship for the middle three years. In addition, advanced students may be given the opportunity to teach as a part-time lecturer in the undergraduate curriculum or at neighboring institutions.
Typical fellowships include the following: * Graduate School Excellence Fellowship, which carries an annual stipend and tuition remission for five years.
* Presidential Fellowship, which carries a significantly enhanced stipend and tuition remission for two years.
* A Graduate School diversity fellowship, the Trustees Fellowship in the Humanities and Social Sciences, which carries an annual stipend and tuition remission for two years.
* University and Louis Bevier Graduate Fellowship, a highly competitive, one-year fellowship for Rutgers University undergraduates who want to pursue graduate studies at Rutgers.
* University and Louis Bevier Dissertation Fellowship, a highly competitive, one-year fellowship for students who will have completed their comprehensive examinations, have an approved dissertation proposal, and have begun their thesis research by the beginning of the Fall term.
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