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CLASSICS Minimum Degree Requirements and Satisfactory Progress

To make progress toward a graduate degree, students must meet the Graduate School Minimum Degree Requirements and Satisfactory Progress in addition to the requirements of the program.

Master’s Degrees:

M.A.

Doctoral Degrees:

Ph.D.

Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

36 credits

Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

68 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

16 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

36 credits

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

At least two-thirds of degree coursework (24 credits out of 36 total credits) must be completed in graduate-level language courses within the department: either those courses numbered 300, 400 or 500-level (this course range in classics does assess graduate students separately from undergraduates), or 700, 800, or 900 level (these courses in classics are specifically designed for graduate students).

For the classics M.A., of those 24 credits, at least 9 credits must come from each language.

In addition, one graduate seminar (3 credits, numbered 700 or above) in classics, Greek, or Latin is required and may count towards the 9 credits required in each language.

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

In addition to requirements for the M.A., at least half of degree coursework (34 credits out of 68 total credits) must be completed in a combination of graduate seminars and departmental courses specifically designed for graduate students.

1. At least five graduate seminars (numbered 700 or higher, 15 credits) are required. This can includes one graduate seminar previously taken for the M.A. requirement. Of the five graduate seminars specifically designed for graduate students, four must be in classics, Greek, and Latin courses within the department (at least one in each language), and one in Ancient Greek or Roman history through the history department or cross-listed with classics.

2. One graduate course in Greek prose composition (500 level with graduate students assessed separately from undergraduates), and one graduate course in Latin prose composition (500 level with graduate students assessed separately from undergraduates) (6 credits) are required.

3. One graduate course (700 level or above) in either Greek or Roman art and archaeology (3 credits) is required.

4. The remainder of the minimum credits must be competed in graduate-level language and literature courses within the department at 500-level (this course range in classics does assess graduate students separately from undergraduates) or above (these courses in classics are specifically designed for graduate students), or in graduate seminars (700 level or above).

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 9 credits of graduate coursework from other institutions. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate

No credits from a UW–Madison undergraduate degree are allowed to count toward the degree.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison University Special

With program approval and payment of the difference in tuition (between special and graduate tuition), students are allowed to count no more than 9 credits of coursework numbered 300 or above taken as a UW–Madison University Special student. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 9 credits of graduate coursework from other institutions. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a Master’s degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate

No credits from a UW–Madison undergraduate degree are allowed to count toward the degree.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison University Special

With program approval and payment of the difference in tuition (between special and graduate tuition), students are allowed to count no more than 9 credits of coursework numbered 300 or above taken as a UW–Madison University Special student. Coursework earned ten or more years prior to admission to a doctoral degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Credits per Term Allowed

15 credits

Credits per Term Allowed

15 credits

Program-Specific Courses Required

See Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement above.

Program-Specific Courses Required

See Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement above.

Doctoral Minor/Breadth Requirements

All doctoral students are required to complete a minor. At the time the student requests the preliminary exam warrant, they should prepare a summary of his or her effort in interdisciplinary coursework and training. Alternatively, students who wish to complete a cohesive body of work outside the major may wish to obtain a doctoral minor and submit their form at the time of their request for the preliminary exam warrant. Students are expected to consult with their advisors concerning minor/breadth requirements.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.25 GPA or higher required.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.25 GPA or higher required.

Other Grade Requirements

More than one grade of B or below is considered unsatisfactory. More than one Incomplete at any one time is considered unsatisfactory.

Other Grade Requirements

More than one grade of B or below is considered unsatisfactory. More than one Incomplete at any one time is considered unsatisfactory.

Probation Policy

The status of a student can be one of three options:

1. Good standing (progressing according to standards; any funding guarantee remains in place).

2. Probation (not progressing according to standards but permitted to enroll; loss of funding guarantee; specific plan with dates and deadlines in place in regard to removal of probationary status.

3. Unsatisfactory progress (not progressing according to standards; not permitted to enroll, dismissal, leave of absence or change of advisor or program).

Probation Policy

The status of a student can be one of three options:

1. Good standing (progressing according to standards; any funding guarantee remains in place).

2. Probation (not progressing according to standards but permitted to enroll; loss of funding guarantee; specific plan with dates and deadlines in place in regard to removal of probationary status.

3. Unsatisfactory progress (not progressing according to standards; not permitted to enroll, dismissal, leave of absence or change of advisor or program).

Advisor / Committee

All students are required to conduct a yearly progress report meeting with the graduate advisor. Candidates for the M.A. should form a provisional thesis committee no later than the first week of the semester in which they plan to graduate. The committee should consist of a main advisor and two other faculty members. Candidates should meet with their thesis committee members by the end of the first month in the semester in which they plan to graduate in order to discuss the viability of the thesis.

Advisor / Committee

All students are required to conduct a yearly progress report meeting with the graduate advisor.

Candidates for the Ph.D. should form a provisional dissertation committee, consisting of a Dissertation Advisor and at least two additional faculty advisors from within the department, the semester before they reach dissertator status. (The final composition of the dissertation committee is five UW faculty members, one of whom should be from another department as per Graduate School guidelines.

Assessments and Examinations

For the M.A. thesis, the candidate presents to the committee a paper, typically of 25–35 double-spaced pages, written under the supervision of the committee. The paper should be written in a scholarly manner following the stylistic guidelines specified by the thesis adviser, and demonstrating familiarity with the appropriate bibliographical resources. The candidate then takes an oral examination of the thesis, set by the committee.

Assessments and Examinations

The student must pass the ancient-history examination as well as all language requirements below before beginning work on preliminary exams.

Five preliminary examinations are required before dissertation: Greek literature, Latin literature, Greek author chosen by the student, Latin author chosen by the student, and a special field of study chosen by the student (e.g., literary criticism, religion, mythology, philosophy, art history, archeology, and ancient science).

After successful completion of the preliminary exams, students should form a provisional dissertation committee, consisting of a dissertation advisor and at least two additional faculty advisors from within the department. (The final composition of the dissertation committee is five UW faculty members, one of whom should be from another department as per Graduate School guidelines). Candidates should meet with their provisional dissertation committee members in the first semester of dissertator status to discuss their proposal’s viability. In advance of this meeting, the candidate should provide the committee members a detailed abstract of the proposed dissertation with a synopsis of each chapter, the total not usually exceeding fifteen pages. The dissertation should make a significant contribution to scholarship. All Graduate School guidelines for dissertation should be followed.

Once the supervising faculty member has approved the completed dissertation, it will be distributed to the thesis committee members. If the committee supports the project, the supervisor will set a date for the oral defense with the department's program assistant.

Dissertation defenses should be scheduled for the academic year, not for the summer sessions, and the completed dissertation should be delivered to all five committee members at least four weeks before the anticipated defense date.

The candidate will then be required to pass a two-hour oral examination on the dissertation by the committee members.

Time Constraints

The thesis, written in consultation with the major professor, must be completed no later than two semesters after thesis work begins.

Master’s degree students who have been absent for five or more consecutive years lose all credits that they have earned before their absence. Individual programs may count the coursework students completed prior to their absence for meeting program requirements; that coursework may not count toward Graduate School credit requirements.

Time Constraints

A candidate for a doctoral degree who fails to take the final oral examination and deposit the dissertation within five years after passing the preliminary examination may be required to take another preliminary examination and to be admitted to candidacy a second time.

Once the supervising faculty member has approved the completed dissertation, it will be distributed to the thesis committee members. If the committee supports the completed project, the supervisor will set a date for the oral defense with the departmental program assistant. The completed dissertation should be delivered to all five committee members at least four weeks before the anticipated defense date. Dissertation defenses should be scheduled for the academic year, not for the summer sessions.

Doctoral degree students who have been absent for ten or more consecutive years lose all credits that they have earned before their absence. Individual programs may count the coursework students completed prior to their absence for meeting program requirements; that coursework may not count toward Graduate School credit requirements.

Language Requirements

The student must pass a sight-reading proficiency examination in either Latin or Greek. An examination in German, French, or Italian must also be passed before the M.A.

Language Requirements

The student must pass a sight-reading proficiency examination in Latin, Greek, and German. A sight-reading proficiency examination in French or Italian must also be passed before beginning work on the dissertation. Exams from the M.A. may be counted toward this requirement.