MA IN CLASSICAL STUDIES
The MA in Classical Studies at Villanova University offers three possible tracks:
- Classical Culture
Courses are offered in person, online or a hybrid format in which online students join the professor and in-person students through web-conferencing platforms.
- Ten courses: Literature courses (including two literature surveys) and culture courses
- Classical Language Translation Exam: Prose and poetry (choice of passages) [for Greek/Latin or Latin tracks]
- Classical Literature Essay Exam: Essays on Greek and Latin literature [for Classical Culture track]
- Modern Language Exam (optional): Excerpts of classical scholarship in French, Germa, or Italian (dictionary allowed; choice of passages)
- Research Portfolio: (1) two literature survey papers, (2) special topic paper [papers written in conjunction with courses]
Flexible Courses to Fit Your Schedule
All courses are held once a week in the evenings (5:20 p.m. EST or later). Courses are designed to fit your schedule and preferred modality, and may be offered in person, in a fully online format or in a hybrid format (the professor and on-campus students in a classroom and online students participating via the internet).
Sample Course Offerings
- Greek Art & Archaeology
- Roman Art & Archaeology
- Pompeii & Herculaneum
- Greece & Rome in Art and Culture
- Gender & Sexuality in Ancient Greece & Rome
Ancient Greek Courses
- History of Greek Literature
- Greek Historians
- Attic Orators
- Greek Tragedy
- Greek Comedy
- History of Latin Literature
- Latin Prose Composition
- Roman Drama
Ready for the Next Step?
February 1: For admission with funding consideration for the fall
August 1: For admission without funding for the fall
December 1: For admission without funding for the spring
May 1: for admission without funding for the summer
If you have missed a deadline, please contact Dr. Valentina DeNardis to discuss your options.
Meghan Quinn '21 MA
"As a teacher taking graduate classes in the evening, Villanova has been very accommodating to my needs. If I am ever required to attend events such as parent-teacher conferences, back-to-school night or a district board meeting, my professors have been very understanding and allow me to conveniently view whatever I missed online. Program director Dr. Valentina DeNardis has made the master’s program a pioneer in in the online/hybrid format, and she has done a superb job in incorporating the most modern technology in such an ancient field of study. I have translated ancient texts with students tuning in from states as far away as Massachusetts, Minnesota and Texas. At Villanova, I study with the most outstanding professors and students with a passion for the Classics. I highly recommend this program without any reservation." Learn more about Classical Studies careers.