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Graduate Studies Calendar 2013-2014 Program Descriptions Greek and Roman Studies GRST
Greek and Roman Studies - GRST
Contact Information

Location: Social Sciences Building, Room 506
Faculty number: 403.220.5537
Fax: 403.220.9581
Contact List: See http://grst.ucalgary.ca/contact
Web page URL: http://grst.ucalgary.ca

1. Degrees and Specializations Offered

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Master of Arts (MA) degree, thesis or course-based

The MA degree may be completed on a full-time or a part-time basis.

2. Admission Requirements

In addition to Faculties of Graduate Studies and Arts requirements, the Department requires:

a) Normally at least eleven full-course equivalents of relevant undergraduate course work are expected for admission to the MA program, with some concentration in the proposed research area.

b) All research areas require proficiency in reading Latin and/or Greek.

c) Competence in reading French, German or Italian must be acquired either before or during the program.

d) For the PhD, an MA is required.

e) Two letters of reference.

3. Application Deadline

Deadlines for submission of complete applications:

February 1 for September admission (when accompanied by a graduate scholarship application)
April 1 for September admission (with no scholarship application)
September 1 for January admission

4. Advanced Credit

Contact department for information.

5. Program/Course Requirements

In addition to Faculties of Graduate Studies and Arts requirements, the Department requires:

Master of Arts (thesis-based)

a) Greek and Roman Studies 603, first-year half course on research and professional training.

b) Four other seminar half courses, normally taken in the first year of the program; these may include up to two half courses outside the department if appropriate to the area of specialization.

c) Four quarter courses of directed studies in Greek and Latin texts (Greek or Latin 607), normally taken in Fall and Winter Terms of the first and second year. Greek or Latin 607 may be replaced with Greek or Latin 602 and/or 604.

d) An examination in translation, with dictionary, from French or German or Italian into English (normally to be attempted within the first twelve months of registration).

e) A thesis of approximately 20,000 words, with oral examination.

Master of Arts (course-based)

a) Greek and Roman Studies 603, first-year half course on research and professional training.

b) Eight other seminar half courses; these may include up to two half courses outside the department if relevant to the student's particular interests in the field.

c) Four quarter courses of directed studies in Greek and Latin texts (Greek or Latin 607), normally taken in Fall and Winter Terms of the first and second year. Greek or Latin 607 may be replaced with Greek or Latin 602 and/or 604.

d) An examination in translation, with dictionary, from French or German or Italian into English (normally to be attempted within the first twelve months of registration).

Doctor of Philosophy

a) Greek and Roman Studies 603, first-year half course on research and professional training.

b) A minimum of four other graduate seminar half courses; these may include up to two half courses outside the department if appropriate to the area of specialization; students may be required to take up to four other seminar half courses depending upon their background training. Students are advised of any such requirements upon entry into the program.

c) Four quarter courses of directed studies in Greek and Latin texts (Greek or Latin 607); Greek or Latin 607 may be replaced with Greek or Latin 602 and/or 604.

d) A translation examination from two of the three following modern languages into English, French, German or Italian.

e) Examination of the Core Reading and Dissertation Reading List (contact the department for further information).

f) A twenty-page dissertation proposal.

g) A Candidacy Exam, which must be passed before 28 months of tenure.

h) A thesis of about 75,000 words, followed by an oral examination.

6. Additional Requirements

The department may require up to two additional half courses in order to ensure sufficient preparation in relevant areas for the MA, or four additional half courses in order to ensure sufficient preparation in relevant areas for the PhD. Students are advised of any such requirements upon entry into the program.

7. Credit for Undergraduate Courses

Not more than two of the half courses required in the thesis-based MA program, and not more than four half courses in the course-based program, may be taken at the 500 level.

8. Time Limit

Students studying on a full-time basis are expected to complete the program in two years. Students in thesis-based Master’s programs must complete their degrees within four years. Students in course-based Master’s programs must complete their degrees within six years. For the PhD program, students are expected to complete their degrees within six years.

9. Supervisory Assignments

The Graduate Program Director is normally the interim supervisor for a Master’s student entering the program, and will assist the student to find a supervisor within eight months of entering the program. Doctoral students are expected to have a supervisor upon entry. The appointment of a supervisor is subject to approval by the Department Head.

10. Required Examinations

Final oral examinations are open.

Questions on the research proposal will not be included in the oral candidacy examination.

11. Research Proposal Requirements

A formal proposal is not required for the MA thesis. The student’s thesis topic is defined in consultation with the supervisor, normally within 12 months of entry into the program. It should be referred to the Program Graduate Program Director for approval. The PhD proposal is to be submitted in accordance with the Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements.

12. Special Registration Information

None.

13. Financial Assistance

The department offers full or partial support through teaching assistantships and Faculty of Graduate Studies Support to selected applicants. The Faculty of Graduate Studies offers numerous awards listed in the Graduate Calendar (e.g. Open Scholarships) in a university-wide competition.

Application forms are included in the admission application package and linked to the online admission application.

Various awards are available from other agencies (federal and provincial governments, private foundations, etc.).

Applicants are encouraged to seek funding vigorously. The department can offer advice on identifying sources.

Note: Faculty of Graduate Studies Support and university scholarships are normally awarded only to students in the thesis-based program.

14. Other Information

Enquiries should be addressed to: Graduate Program Director, Department of Greek and Roman Studies, University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4; website: http://grst.ucalgary.ca/contact.

15. Faculty Members/Research Interests

Details concerning the research areas of individual professors may be obtained from the department website at http://grst.ucalgary.ca/contact-us/directory.