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The MA in Classical Studies at Villanova University offers three possible tracks:

  • Greek/Latin
  • Latin
  • 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

Classics Courses

  • 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
  • Homer
  • Plato
  • Greek Historians
  • Attic Orators
  • Greek Tragedy
  • Greek Comedy

Latin Courses

  • History of Latin Literature
  • Latin Prose Composition
  • Cicero
  • Caesar
  • Suetonius
  • Tacitus
  • Vergil
  • Catullus
  • Ovid
  • Horace
  • Roman Drama



Ready for the Next Step?

Classical Studies Program 
SAC Rm. 304
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085

Director of Classical Studies: 
Dr. Valentina DeNardis


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.

Begin Your Application.



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