Classical Art and Archaeology


Classical Art and Archaeology
Admits Fall term. Deadline for applications is December 15. GRE general required; Letters of recommendation required; writing sample highly recommended.
Please use the following information when completing the application.
Code: 00126; Academic Program: Classical Art and Arch.; Ph.D.


Director: Professor Lisa Nevett

Professors: Beckman (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)

Degree Programs

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 encouraged.

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 the Certificate Programs section of the Rackham Graduate School Academic Policies.


University of Michigan

201 Kelsey Museum of Archaeology
434 S State
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1390
Phone: (734) 764-6323
Fax: (734) 763-8976
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The following courses constitute the range of approved offerings at the time of the assembly of the publication. Not all of the courses listed below are available for registration. Please see the Schedule of Classes on the Office of the Registrar's website for course offerings by term. The final authority for changes in course offerings rests with the academic departments.

Classical Archaeology (Subject Code: CLARCH)
420/HISTART 430.  Greece before Histor.  (3 credits)

422/HISTART 422.  Etruscan Art&Arc.  Advisory pre-requisite: Upperclass standing, and HISTART 221 or 222.  (3 credits)

423/HISTART 423.  Roman Campania.  Advisory pre-requisite: Upperclass standing.  (3 credits)

424/HISTART 424.  Arch-Roman Prov.  Advisory pre-requisite: Upperclass standing, and CLARCH/HISTART 221 or 222.  (3 credits)

425.  Hellenst Rep Rom Arc.  Advisory pre-requisite: CLARCH 222  (3 credits)

426.  Rom Imp Architecture.  Advisory pre-requisite: CLARCH 222/HISTART 222  (3 credits)

428/HISTART 428.  Spaces Rome.  Advisory pre-requisite: Upperclass standing, and HISTART 101 or HISTART/CLARCH 222.  (3 credits)

433/HISTART 433.  Greek Sculpture.  Advisory pre-requisite: Upperclass standing, some preparation in Classical Civilization, Classical Archaeology or History of Art  (2 to 3 credits)

434/HISTART 434.  Archaic Grk Art.  Advisory pre-requisite: Upperclass standing.  (3 credits)

435/HISTART 435.  Art&Arch-Asia MI.  Advisory pre-requisite: Upperclass standing.  (3 credits)

436/HISTART 436.  Hellen&Roman Arc.  Advisory pre-requisite: Upperclass standing, and HISTART 101 or CLARCH 221/HISTART 221 or CLARCH 222/HISTART 222.  (3 credits)

437/HISTART 437.  Egypt Art&Arch.  Advisory pre-requisite: Upperclass standing.  (3 credits)

438/HISTART 438.  Hellen&Rom Egypt.  Advisory pre-requisite: Upperclass standing, and permission of instructor.  (2 to 3 credits)

439/HISTART 439.  Greek Vase Paint.  Advisory pre-requisite: Upperclass standing.  (2 to 3 credits)

440/HISTART 440.  Cities Greece.  Advisory pre-requisite: Upperclass standing, and a course in archaeology.  (2 to 3 credits)

443/HISTART 443.  Greek Coloniza.  Advisory pre-requisite: Upperclass standing and CLARCH/HISTART 221.  (3 credits)

475.  Arch Balkans.  Advisory pre-requisite: Three 200- or higher level courses in Archaeology, Anthropology, or Modern European History.  (3 credits)

480.  Plants: Archaeology.  (3 credits)

481/HISTART 481.  Art Ancient Iran.  Advisory pre-requisite: Upperclass standing and HISTART 101 or 222.  (3 credits)

482.  Ceramic Analysis.  (3 credits)

515/HISTART 515.  Arch Roman Econ.  Advisory pre-requisite: CLARCH/HISTART 222 or permission of instructor and upperclass standing.  (3 credits)

520.  Early Rome.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

531/ANTHRARC 587/HISTART 531.  Aegean Art&Arch.  Advisory pre-requisite: CLARCH/HISTART 221 or 222 and Upperclass standing.  (3 credits)

534/HISTART 534.  Ancient Painting.  Advisory pre-requisite: Upperclass standing, HISTART 101 and either HISTART/CLARCH 221 or 222.  (3 credits)

536/HISTART 536.  Hellen-Rom Sculp.  Advisory pre-requisite: HISTART 101; one of CLARCH 221 or 222 or HISTART 221 or 222; and Upperclass standing  (3 credits)

539/HISTART 539.  Greek Architect.  Advisory pre-requisite: HISTART,HISTART 101, and 221 or 222.  (3 credits)

599.  Supervised Study.  Advisory pre-requisite: Permission of instructor.  (1 to 4 credits)

600.  Proseminar CL Arch.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (1 credits)

606/LATIN 606.  Lat Inscription.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (2 to 3 credits)

608/GREEK 608.  Greek Epigraphy.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

618/HISTART 618.  Anc Seal Archive.  Advisory pre-requisite: Permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

630.  Arch In Infor Age.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (2 credits)

632/GREEK 632/HISTART 632.  Grk Numismatics.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (2 to 3 credits)

633/HISTART 633.  Roman Numismatcs.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

665/LATIN 665/HISTART 665.  Arch City Rome.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

683.  Archaeol of Empires.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

801/HISTART 801.  Greece&The Orient.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

815/HISTART 815.  Hellenis City Ne.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (2 to 3 credits)

820/HISTART 820.  Approach Field Surv.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

821.  Ec&Trade Bronze Age.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

822/HISTART 822.  Art Persian Emp.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

823.  Black Sea.  (3 credits)

824/HISTART 824.  Arch Roman N Afr.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (2 to 3 credits)

825/HISTART 825.  The Roman Games.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (2 to 3 credits)

826.  Roman Farming.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

827/HISTART 827.  Paestum&Foce Del.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (2 to 3 credits)

828.  Ceramic Anl&Chronol.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

829/HISTART 829.  Magna Graecia.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

830/HISTART 830.  Arch Brit&Gaul.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (2 to 3 credits)

831.  Theory in Cl Arch.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and some prior knowledge of classical art or archaeology  (3 credits)

832.  Island Archaeology.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing  (3 credits)

833.  Archaeology of Food.  (3 credits)

836/HISTART 836.  Arch Mus Pract.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (2 to 3 credits)

837.  Ethical Iss CL Arch.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

841/HISTART 841.  Topography-Rome.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (2 to 3 credits)

842/HISTART 842.  Topograph Athens.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (2 to 3 credits)

843.  Graeco-Rom World.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

844/HISTART 844.  Theoret Issues.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

845/HISTART 845/LATIN 846.  Rom Port Cities.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (2 to 3 credits)

846/HISTART 846.  Svy-His&Exc Apol.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (2 credits)

847/HISTART 847.  Probs-Hellen Art.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (2 to 3 credits)

848/HISTART 848.  Sardis.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (2 to 3 credits)

849/HISTART 849.  Prob Greek Sculp.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (2 to 3 credits)

850/HISTART 850.  Probs Rom Sculpt.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (2 to 3 credits)

851/HISTART 851.  Problems-Delphi.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (2 to 3 credits)

852/HISTART 852.  Red-Fig Paint.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (2 to 3 credits)

853/HISTART 853.  Etrus Art&Arch.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (2 to 3 credits)

854/HISTART 854.  Delos.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

855/HISTART 855.  Prob Roman Arch.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

856.  Prob Med Prehistory.  (3 credits)

860.  Concept Empire.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing  (3 credits)

890/HISTART 890.  Prob Greek Arc.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

990.  Diss-Precand.  Advisory pre-requisite: Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted as a Candidate. Graduate standing.  (1 to 8 credits)

993.  Sem for Instructors.  Advisory pre-requisite: Must have GSI award. Graduate standing.  (1 credits)

995.  Diss-Cand.  Required pre-requisite: Candidate  (4 or 8 credits)

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Program Statistics: Ph.D.

Ph.D. Admissions
Fall 2016 5 Year Average
Number of applications 47 53
Number of new doctoral students 4 4
Ph.D. Enrollment
Fall 2016 5 Year Average
Total enrollment 24 23
Female 63% 64%
Male 38% 36%
International 29% 25%
U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident 71% 75%
Ph.D. Enrollment, U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, by Race
Fall 2016 5 Year Average
African American 6% 1%
Asian American 0% 0%
Hispanic (one or more races) 12% 3%
Native American 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
White 82% 91%
Two or more races (excludes Hispanic) 0% 3%
Not indicated 0% 1%
Ph.D. Degree
2016 5 Year Average
Number of degrees awarded 5 17
Median years to Ph.D. 7.03 6.76
Percent of students who entered the doctoral program between 2000-01 and 2004-05 and completed the Ph.D. as of August 31, 2016 74%
Percent of students who entered the doctoral program between 2005-06 and 2009-10 and completed the Ph.D. as of August 31, 2016 75%
Funding (external funding paid directly to Ph.D. students, without being disbursed by the University, is not included)
2016 5 Year Average
Enrolled Ph.D. students with tuition AND stipend support 83% 91%
Enrolled Ph.D. students with tuition OR stipend support (in many cases, students competed successfully for external funding and did not need additional financial support) 13% 7%
Enrolled Ph.D. students who received no financial support (in many cases, students competed successfully for external funding and did not need additional financial support) 4% 2%
Ph.D. Placement Data
Position type tenth year after graduation, 2003 - 2007 cohorts Position type fifth year after graduation, 2008 - 2012 cohorts Position type first year after graduation, 2012 - 2016 cohorts
Tenure-track faculty 79% 36% 12%
Postdoctoral / Traineeship / Fellowship 0% 21% 18%
Non-Tenure Track Faculty / University Researcher / University Administrator 7% 7% 47%
Business / Industry 0% 7% 0%
Other professional employment / Government / Non-Profit 7% 21% 18%
Not employed 0% 0% 6%
No data available 7% 7% 0%
Total Ph.D.s awarded 14 14 17

Program statistics are updated annually in December. Last updated December 22, 2016.