FAQs from Students Enrolled in the IPCAA Program

Q. Can I study languages other than those required by IPCAA (Greek, Latin, French, German), if they are relevant to my field of study?

A. The area in which a student chooses to pursue his or her research and fieldwork may sometimes necessitate learning other ancient or modern languages too (e.g., Italian, modern Greek, Turkish, Arabic, Russian). Generally, such language work has been done in addition to, rather than instead of, any of the required group of four languages. The Executive Committee is occasionally willing to consider granting a variance, but only where it can be shown there are compelling academic reasons for doing so.

Q. Where do I get the Dissertation Committee form?

A. This form, as well as other doctoral forms, are on Rackham’s website through the Office of Academic Records & Dissertation (OARD):
http://www.rackham.umich.edu/dissertation_information/dissertation_committees/

Q. What are the requirements for the M.A. in Classical Art & Archaeology?

A. 30 credit hours

Specific course requirements:

  • 6 hours of Greek and/or Roman history
  • 6 hours of Greek and/or Latin
  • 18 hours of courses in Classical Archaeology
  • Language proficiency: A student must qualify in one modern (German or French) and one ancient (Greek or Latin) language.

Q. What are the requirements for a M.A. in Greek or Latin?

A. M.A. in Greek—24 credit hours:

  • At least 12 credit hours must be in courses in Greek
  • 6-8 hours may be in courses in Latin
  • At least 4 (up to 6) credit hours must be in approved cognate courses
  • A sight translation examination in Greek
  • M.A. IN LATIN --24 credit hours
  • At least 12 credit hours must be in courses in Latin
  • 6-8 hours may be in courses in Greek
  • At least 4 (up to 6) credit hours must be in approved cognate courses
  • A slight translation examination in Latin

For cognate work for the M.A. in Greek or Latin, the following fields are especially recommended: Greek or Latin language and literature, ancient history, Greek or Roman archaeology, ancient philosophy, classical linguistics

Q. What are the requirements for a dual degree?

A. With a suitable distribution of course credits it is also possible to satisfy requirements for M.A. degrees in both Classical Art & Archaeology and Greek or Latin.

Student-initiated dual degree programs, which are reviewed on a case-by-case basis, must be approved by the two departments and by Rackham's Office of Academic Records and Dissertations (OARD). For all possible dual degree combinations, students must:

  1. Be formally admitted into the second degree program by following normal admission procedures.
  2. Complete an Application for Readmission, Change of Program, or Dual Degree, available from OARD.

Q. How many credits can be double-counted for a dual degree?

A. The term "double-counting" refers to the use of a limited number of credit hours toward the requirements of two Master's degree programs or a Master's and a Rackham professional degree.

To formally request double counting, the student must complete a Dual Degree Course Elections Form, available from OARD, at least one term prior to completing the second degree. The following steps should be followed to determine the maximum number of credit hours that may be double-counted for a dual degree program:

Add together the minimum number of hours required for each of the two programs independently, and divide the sum by 6. For example:

  • Minimum credits required in Field A = 30
  • Minimum credits required in Field B = +36
    Total = 66

Maximum number of credit hours that may be double-counted: 66÷6 = 11

Any fraction resulting from these calculations must always be rounded down to the nearest whole number of credit hours. Credit hours for a single course may not be split; a course must be double-counted in its entirety or not at all.

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