As one of the first academic units created with the founding of the University of Wisconsin in 1850, the Department of Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies has enjoyed a long tradition of excellence in philological scholarship, literary criticism, archaeology, and ancient history. At the graduate level, the department offers the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies. Students may follow one of two courses of study, Classical Languages and Literatures or Hebrew Bible.
The primary goal of the program is to familiarize students with the core linguistic, historical, and philological aspects of Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies. Students also learn to conduct original research in such varied areas as Gender Studies, Literary Theory, Translation Studies, and Classical Reception under the guidance of established scholars in these areas.
In addition to specified course work, students participate in directed readings with individual faculty members in their areas of specialization and gain valuable professional experience teaching in courses on the languages, literature, and culture of the ancient world. Additional work may be done in allied fields such as Archaeology, Art History, Linguistics, Comparative Literature, History, Philosophy, and Political Science. Affiliated faculty in many of these fields regularly offer courses to our students, supervise theses and dissertations, and participate in departmental activities.
A wide range of professional networks provides graduate students with enhanced opportunities for education and career development. In addition to our faculty’s connections to scholars and institutions in their fields of study, the department has formal affiliations with the Society for Classical Studies, the Classical Association of the Middle West and South, the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the American Schools of Oriental Research.
The Pillinger Library and Mansoor Reading Room, both located within the Department, provide convenient access to a large number of texts, while the larger Greek and Latin Reading Room in the Memorial Library contains an extensive, non-circulating research collection of texts and commentaries. The Memorial Library itself maintains an excellent research collection of books and periodicals in Classics and Hebrew Bible, with many of its resources available online.
Classics Graduate Forum
The Classics Graduate Forum is a registered student organization (RSO) whose charge is to organize graduate conferences, lectures by invited speakers, and other similar events which enhance and deepen the educational experiences of graduate students engaged in the study of the ancient world. The membership of the Classics Graduate Forum is thus open to any graduate student whose educational interests lie in the ancient world.