The Department of Classics offers M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Classics with specializations both in Greek and Roman Archaeology and in Aegean Prehistory. For the past sixty years, the University of Cincinnati has trained students at the doctoral level and its graduates are among the most distinguished archaeologists in the field of Mediterranean archaeology. Recent graduates have assumed academic and research posts in the Academy at Athens, Drew University, Greek Archaeological Service, J. Paul Getty Center, Ohio University, Tulane University, University of Arizona at Tucson, University of Cincinnati, University of Cyprus, University of Leuven, University of London, University of Maryland-European Division, University of North London, University of Western Ontario, University of Wisconsin at Madison, Notre Dame University, Franklin and Marshall, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, University of Indiana, Trent University and Xavier University. Others are employed in the corporate world and in publishing.
See the entire list of archaeology Ph.D.s awarded from this department.
To be considered for entry in the fall of each year, an application must be complete no later than January 15 of each year. The application procedures are outlined here.
Decisions are generally announced within 60 days of the closing of applications.
Teaching and Research Personnel
Ten archaeologists are currently associated with the department of Classics at UC:
Susan Allen (Balkan and Eastern Mediterranean prehistory) Field Service Assistant Professor of Anthropology. Southern Albania Neolithic Archaeological Project (SANAP).
Barbara Burrell (Roman archaeology) Professor of Roman Archaeology at Brock University. Research Associate Professor at UC. Caesarea Maritima Excavations.
Jack Davis (Greek prehistory, on leave 2007-2012) Carl W. Blegen Professor of Greek Archaeology. Pylos Regional Archaeological Project.
Steven J.R. Ellis (Roman archaeology) Assistant Professor. Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia.
Eleni Hatzaki (Aegean prehistory) Assistant Professor. Little Palace North Project, Knossos.
Carol Ruth Hershenson (Bronze Age Aegean Architecture, LH III Period at Agia Irini, Kea) Senior Research Associate. Editor, Nestor.
Kathleen Lynch (Classical archaeology) Greek and Roman Archaeology; Greek pottery: iconography, cultural uses and meaning; Greek and Roman dining and drinking.
Sharon Stocker (Greek archaeology) Adjunct Research Assistant Professor. Mallakastra Regional Archaeological Project.
Gisela Walberg (Greek prehistory) Professor Emerita of Aegean Prehistory. Midea Excavations. Director of the Episkopi-Bamboula Archaeological Excavtion Project.
John Wallrodt (Computer applications in archaeology) Senior Research Associate.
Cincinnati continues to emphasize a balanced approach to Classical antiquity that prepares our graduates for careers in Classics as well as archaeology and art history. We encourage advanced study in ancient history and in at least one of the ancient languages, Greek or Latin. Four ancient historians are on staff: Michael Sage, Peter van Minnen, Getzel Cohen, and Duncan MacRae. Students may also study with any of the several faculty at Hebrew Union College, conveniently situated just across the street from UC. Archaeologists in the Department of Anthropology at UC include Susan Allen, Vernon L. Scarborough, and Alan P. Sullivan III.
The Department officially supports archaeological fieldwork and post-fieldwork study at Bamboula (Cyprus), Pylos (Greece), Apollonia (Albania), Knossos (Greece), and Pompeii (Italy). It also sponsors the publication program of the University of Cincinnati Excavations at Ayia Irini, Keos, Myrtos Pyrgos, and Midea in Greece, and Troy in Turkey.
The bibliographical newsletter Nestor and the monogaphs in the excavations series for Troy and Keos are based in the department, and there are opportunities for students to gain experience in the production of scholarly works.
What we are looking for!
The Department receives many applications each year from students interested in studying for a graduate degree in archaeology. We are unfortunately only able to admit a handful of these applicants. In making our decision we consider the following factors among others:
- prior field experience in archaeology
- extent of classroom training in ancient art and archaeology
- facility in ancient Greek and Latin and in modern foreign languages, particularly French and German
- samples of written work that you send to us
- your undergraduate GPA
- letters of recommendations from teachers and from archaeologists with whom you may have worked in the field
We also want to be convinced that you have thought carefully about our program and its faculty. Above all we want to ensure that Cincinnati is a good place for you to pursue your own interests in archaeology.
There are approximately 20 Ph.D. students in archaeology in the Department.The vast majority of students arrive in UC with a strong backgrounds in Classics. Students currently in residence were trained at the following institutions: The University of Albany, University of Arizona, Athens University, Bilkent University, Bryn Mawr College, The University of Copenhagen, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Dennison University, Duke University, Haverford College, Indiana University, The University of Leuven, The University of Maryland, Mary Washington College, The University of Michigan, The University of Missouri, University College Dublin, and The University of Sydney.
We are particularly eager to receive applications from students at foreign institutions.
Requirements in Bronze Age And Classical Archaeology
Language requirements in Greek and Latin. These can be met in two different ways:
- By passing a sight examination in Greek or Latin.
- By completing four courses in either Greek or Latin. Three of the courses must be at the beginning graduate level and one at seminar level.
French and German Sight Examinations
Ancient History. Archaeology students must take three courses at the graduate level.
Special Field. The Special Field is selected after consultation and with departmental advisors. Competence is tested in a written examination.
A Comprehensive Examination must be taken before beginning Ph.D. research. Examinations consisting of four written and one oral component are given in the following areas:
For Bronze Age Archaeology-
- Earlier Prehistory
- Late Bronze Age
- Classical Archaeology
- Greek and Roman History
- Oral Examination
For Classical Archaeology-
- Greek Archaeology
- Roman Archaeology
- Bronze Age.
- Ancient History
- Oral Examination
Ph.D. students may choose to write an M.A. thesis in their second year in the Department. The Comprehensive Examination must be passed no later than by the end of the fourth year. The department encourages students to spend at least one year abroad after the completion of the Comprehensive Examination.
The Department offers fellowships (with tiers between $17,000 to $19,000 per year) for up to seven years for doctoral students entering with a B.A. degree or up to six years for students entering with a M.A. degree in Classics. An additional stipend of $2,000 is available for independent study during the summer for students resident in Cincinnati or traveling to study abroad.
Our Ph.D. students regularly receive financial support to study abroad during their fourth or fifth year of graduate work. In recent years students have chosen to study in Italy, Greece, the Netherlands, and Germany. In addition, many of our students complete a summer program of study in Italy or Greece.