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Graduate Program

Master of Arts in Digital Tools for Premodern Studies

The central intellectual focus of this program is the study of the creation, transmission, preservation, and transformation of knowledge across time and culture, from Classical Antiquity through premodern times. The program puts a heavy focus on digital techniques in order to facilitate the study of such a broad field. Students will thus acquire a deeper knowledge of the humanities while learning and practicing computing skills in a hands-on research environment. Graduates will be well prepared to pursue Ph.D. programs and academic careers or careers in publishing, media, and technology.


  1. Candidates must successfully complete eleven (11) courses at the graduate level. Two will be devoted to a common core course (Introduction to Digital Humanities) and an advanced seminar in digital technologies; Two will be selected among advanced offerings in the study of classical literature (Latin, Greek, Sanskrit or other approved ancient language). Four courses will be electives selected from a preapproved list. Three courses will be devoted to two different research projects.
  2. Students must select the four electives from at least two different departments or programs. These four courses can be either specialized seminars or general survey courses with separate graduate sections. To meet these course requirements, students will be able to select from an array of courses according to their particular academic and vocational interests and needs.
  3. Students are required to complete a research project equivalent in scope to a Master's thesis. This project will fulfill 2 class credits, one usually taken in the fall of the second year of the program, and the other in the spring. This project is conducted and evaluated from two perspectives which illustrate two complementary sets of skills, namely the production of good data and the appropriate and insightful analysis of that data. This project may originate from coursework, and students are encouraged to start elaborating these projects during their first year, in any case no later than the summer before their second year. A thesis committee must be constituted and a defense scheduled as outlined in the Graduate Student Handbook.
  4. Reading knowledge of Latin and Greek and one modern foreign language (usually German or French) is tested by examination
  5. A comprehensive written examination integrating course work with knowledge of the reading lists in Greek and Latin literature is required.