Director: Professor Lisa Nevett
(Near Eastern Studies),
Crisostomo (Near Eastern Studies), Forsdyke (Classical Studies), Gazda (History of Art & Kelsey Museum), Herbert (Classical
Studies & Kelsey Museum), Nevett (Classical Studies & History of Art), O'Shea (Anthropology & Museum of Anthropology), Ratté (Classical Studies), Richards (Near Eastern Studies), Root (History of Art & Kelsey Museum),
Scodel (Classical Studies),
Sinopoli (Museum of Anthropology), Squatriti (Romance Languages), Terrenato (Classical Studies), Van Dam (History), Verhoogt (Classical Studies), Wilfong (Near Eastern Studies), and Wright (Anthropology & Museum of Anthropology)
Associate Professors: Abell (Classical Studies) and Moyer (History)
Lecturer: Motta (Museum of Anthropology)
Interdepartmental Degree Programs
Classical Art and Archaeology is offered as an interdisciplinary
program by the Departments of Classical Studies and History of
Art under the aegis of the Rackham Graduate School and the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.
In addition to the specific requirements listed below, see
the Doctoral Degrees section of the Rackham Graduate School Academic Policies.
A more detailed description of the regulations governing this
Program may be consulted in the Program's handbook, available
for download from the Classical Art
and Archaeology web page.
Doctor of Philosophy
Classical Art and Archaeology at the graduate level is offered
as a program leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy; the
Master of Arts degree, which is not normally terminal, but which
is seen as marking significant progress toward the Ph.D., can
usually be earned after four semesters in residence and upon completion of a minimum of 30 hours of coursework.
Admission: It is expected that applicants will have
a B.A. or M.A. degree in classics, classical archaeology, history
(with specialization in ancient history) or history of art (with
specialization in ancient art). In view of the language requirements
of the program, preference will normally be given to applicants
who have already demonstrated significant preparation in at least
one of the required ancient languages and one of the required
modern foreign languages. Applicants must submit a completed
application, together with results of the Graduate Record Examination
and transcripts of all previous academic records. Letters of
recommendation are also required. A writing sample is strongly
Specific Course Requirements: Each student is required to take a one-credit Proseminar in the Fall term of their first year and Theoretical Approaches in Classical Art and Archaeology offered every two years by Classics. Students must also take for credit at least one course
from each of five areas: Method and Theory in Art History, Archaeology,
and Anthropology; Near Eastern and Egyptian Art and Archaeology;
Greek Art and Archaeology; Etruscan, Hellenistic and Roman Art
and Archaeology; Prehistoric Art and Archaeology and/or Late
Antique/Early Byzantine Art and Archaeology. Students should
normally complete their course requirements during their first
three years in the Program. A regular course load of four courses
per term is normally expected of full-time students. Summers
are reserved for independent study, archaeological fieldwork,
museum internships, or other relevant professional experience.
Qualifying Examinations: A series of three examinations
is designed to test basic knowledge of the major monuments and
scholarly trends in various fields of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology.
Students are examined in the following fields:
- Aegean Prehistory and Greek Art and Archaeology
- Etruscan, Roman, and Late Antique Archaeology
- Near Eastern and Egyptian Art and Archaeology
The scope of these examinations is very broad, with the intention
of guaranteeing that students attain a minimum level of information
on which to base serious work at an early point in their graduate
careers. They are normally taken at the end of the second year.
Ancient History Examination: All first-year students must pass a written examination in Greek and Roman History, with sections devoted to identifications and essays. The examination is held at the end of the winter semester each year.
Foreign Language Requirement: The student must demonstrate competence in Greek, Latin, French, and German, normally by passing
written examinations. One language exam must be taken each term
until all four are passed.
Field, Museum and Teaching Opportunities: Interested
students have ample opportunity for fieldwork, and most students
spend at least one, and often more, summers in the field.
University of Michigan projects provide the training ground in
field methods for many of our students, but if appropriate, students
are also encouraged to participate in projects based at other
institutions. The collections and exhibitions of the Kelsey Museum
of Archaeology provide students with the chance to gain museum
experience by volunteering for work with the collections, or
by assisting in the preparation of thematic exhibitions. Antiquities
in the Kelsey Museum include Greek, Roman, Near Eastern and Egyptian
sculpture, painting, pottery, architectural elements, seals,
and gems; large collections of Greek, Roman and Parthian coins;
Roman Early Byzantine; and Islamic period glass and textiles; and Latin and Greek
inscriptions and ostraca. Students in the program are eligible
to apply for Graduate Student Instructorships and Graderships
in Classical Studies and History of Art; students are encouraged
to gain teaching experience while in graduate school.
Preliminary Examinations: This final set of examinations
is taken only after students have:
- Passed the qualifying exams in art and archaeology;
- Passed the exam in ancient history;
- Satisfied the language requirements,
- Satisfied all the course requirements; and
- Have no incomplete grades remaining on their record.
A student should normally take the Prelims no later than two
terms after completion of all prerequisites, and no
later than the end of the third year in the Program. The Preliminary
Examinations consist of two three-hour written exams on topics
chosen by the student. These exams are intended to test the student's
ability to analyze and synthesize specific related bodies of
archaeological material and to control relevant methodologies
and bibliographies in depth. They are also meant to ease the
often difficult transition from organized coursework to independent
dissertation research. Accordingly, students are urged to choose
Prelim topics in areas and methodologies useful to their own
research interests. A Prelim Committee of faculty members chosen
by the student helps to formulate an appropriate course of study
and sets and grades the exams.
Candidate Status: Once a student has passed the Preliminary
Examinations, the individual will be advanced to Candidacy for
the Ph.D. Candidacy requirements are described in the Doctoral Degrees section of the Rackham Graduate School Academic Policies.
The Dissertation: Each student must submit a completed
Dissertation Proposal Form and dissertation prospectus to the
Program Committee by the end of the Fall or Winter term following
that in which Preliminary Examinations were passed. In order
to complete this form, the student will have had to form a dissertation
committee consisting of faculty interested in working with the
student on the proposed topic.
For information on the dissertation committee, final oral
examination, and publication of dissertation, see the Rackham Graduate School Academic Policies.
Certificate Program in Museum Studies
The Certificate in Museum Studies is offered in conjunction with or after
completion of the M.A. and is intended for students committed to museum
careers. For admissions information and Certificate requirements see the
degree information on the
Museum Studies Program webpage.
In addition to the specific requirements listed there, see
Programs section of the Rackham Graduate School Academic Policies.