The curriculum includes courses from both of the sponsoring departments, as well as electives that will enhance each student's particular interests. The goals of the curriculum focus on providing flexibility for students while ensuring their credentials for obtaining jobs at the end.
Although there are, of course, requirements and high expectations, the program is also flexible enough to accommodate students' specific interests by not overwhelming them with too many required courses and exams.
Students interested in combining Greek and Roman history with Near Eastern studies (which will require additional language courses), material culture (which will require courses in archaeology or art history), or ancillary disciplines such as papyrology, epigraphy, or ancient law (which will require appropriate specialized courses) should all be able easily to fit their additional courses into the basic structure of the Program.
Students take courses during their first three years in the Program, with the expectation of completing their preliminary examinations at least by the end of their third year. Students should take three or four courses each term, unless there are other demands on their time.
The curriculum includes:
- History 630, an introductory seminar in methodology (required, and offered annually). This seminar emphasizes historical interpretations, methodology, and comparative studies, as well as their relevance to Greek and Roman history. The seminar familiarizes students in the Program with the broad range of materials and skills required for the modern study of ancient history.
- History 615 (required, and offered annually), to introduce new students both to current historiography outside ancient history and to other graduate students in the History Department.
- History of Greek and Roman Literature, taught as Greek 591-592 and Latin 591-592 (both full year sequences offered in an alternating cycle). The Program requires its students to take at least one course from each sequence. These survey courses acquaint students with the broad literary context of the periods that they are studying, as well as securing their language skills.
- Two research seminars with research papers (required): 700-level in History, 800-level in Classical Studies, or (subject to approval of the graduate adviser) a seminar at an equivalent level from another department or program.
- Two cognate courses (required), which may include courses in ancillary disciplines (such as literary criticism, epigraphy, papyrology, Roman law, numismatics) or in comparative areas of history.
- Other electives may include courses in ancillary disciplines, courses from other allied departments and programs (such as Near Eastern Studies or Classical Art and Archaeology), and additional reading courses in Greek and Latin authors.
The Program also encourages students to take or sit in on additional courses after they have completed preliminary exams and are writing their dissertations.