M.A. in Classics
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The Department of Classics at Notre Dame offers a funded, 2-year M.A. program in Classics, covering the language, literature, history and culture of the Greco-Roman world. The chief purpose of the program is to prepare students for doctoral study in these or other related areas.
The sixteen regular and concurrent faculty of the Department of Classics represent a wide array of specialties covering Greek and Roman literature and culture, history, linguistics, and archaeology, from Archaic Greece through Late Antiquity.
Our students will benefit from the rich and round intellectual environment created by strong graduate programs at Notre Dame, including Early Christian Studies, the Medieval Institute, the Ph.D. in Literature, Philosophy (which offers ancient philosophy) and Theology (with strengths in late antiquity and patristics).
Students will choose from several possible areas of emphasis, including language and literature, history, philosophy, and late antiquity. A thesis or comprehensive written and oral examination will be required to complete the degree.
The program admitted its first students in Fall 2011. Full tuition scholarships and stipends are available. We will admit two to three students per year.
If you have questions or need more information about the M.A. program, email:
Director of Graduate Studies
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Associate Professor, Departments of Classics and Art, Art History, and Design
Robin Rhodes is an archaeologist and historian of classical art and architecture and has recently been awarded a multi-year NEH Collaborative Research Grant for his work as Principal Investigator of the Greek Stone Architecture at the Corinth Excavations of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Read More
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Assistant Teaching Professor
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Assistant Teaching Professor
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Mazurek’s interests include Latin literature, Roman epigraphy, Roman history, and women and gender in classical antiquity. Read More
Joseph P. Amar
Dr Joseph P. Amar is a linguist trained in ancient and modern Semitic languages and in the histories, religions, and cultures of the Middle East. He specializes in Aramaic, Syriac, and Arabic literary culture and in early interactions between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Read More
David Hernandez is an archaeologist of the Greco-Roman Mediterranean. Having directed large-scale field projects at Butrint and Amantia, he has extensive knowledge of excavation methods and complex urban stratigraphy. Read More
Guo’s areas of interest are Arabic language and literature, medieval Arabic historiography and popular culture. Read More
Hildegund Müller is a specialist of late antique Latin literature, both poetry and prose, especially the Latin Church Fathers. Her favorite classical authors are Cicero and Horace. Read More
Christopher A. Baron
Professor Baron’s interests include Greek and Roman historiography, the history of the Hellenistic period, Greek epigraphy, and the ethnic identity in the ancient world. Read More
W. Martin Bloomer
Bloomer’s chief areas of research lie in Latin literature, ancient rhetoric, and ancient education. Read More
Associate Professional Specialist
Professor Mazurek researches the literature and cultural history of Republican Rome, with a particular interest in Roman law, religion and self-rule. Read More
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Professor Torrance specializes in archaic and classical Greek literature and culture, especially Greek tragedy and religion. Read More