Master of Arts in Classical Archaeology
The master's program in classical archaeology at Tufts is designed to
provide students with the material-cultural, social, historical, and artistic
contexts needed to interpret the material remains of classical antiquity
in preparation for further graduate study, for professional field archaeology,
or for museum work. In combination with faculty strength in literature and
ancient history, this program particularly suits those who want to consolidate
and improve their language and research skills in preparation for a Ph.D.
degree at another institution.
- Candidates must successfully complete ten graduate courses in Classical
Archaeology and related fields. Four must be in classical archaeology;
three must be in upper-level Latin and/or in upper-level Greek; and one must
be in ancient history. Candidates will usually have completed the equivalent
of an undergraduate major in Classics, Ancient Art, or Archaeology and have
attained intermediate levels in both Latin and Greek. If not, additional
courses will be required for completion of the master's degree.
- Both fieldwork and laboratory work are requirements, either as documented
past experience or to be fulfilled during completion of the master's
- Reading knowledge of Latin or Greek and one modern foreign language
(usually German or French) is tested by examination.
- To demonstrate research and presentation skills, the candidate may
submit for evaluation by a faculty committee either two qualifying papers
(written for courses at Tufts and revised as necessary after completion
of the course) or a thesis. The thesis normally counts as two of the
required ten courses. Students usually find that writing a thesis takes
a full term of uninterrupted work. An oral examination based on the
qualifying papers or thesis is required.
- A comprehensive written examination integrating course work with a
general knowledge of classical archaeology and of the reading lists in
Greek and Latin literature is required.
- Students will have developed the ability to conduct research and write a
graduate level research paper and/or thesis.
- Students will have developed broad knowledge of Classical archaeology as
well as being exposed to the literature and history in addition to a deeper
focus in a particular area relevant to student interest.
- Students will have developed a strong competency in either Greek or Latin
and a have been exposed to both as well as being exposed to new methods of
learning and using the languages. (eg. Treebanking)
- Students will have gained reading knowledge of a modern foreign language
relevant to research in the field.
- Students will have been exposed to new developments in the field of Classical
- Students will be prepared to go on to advanced graduate work, field
archaeology or secondary school teaching.