Welcome to the Graduate Program pages for the Department of Classics at UCLA! We are an interdisciplinary, diverse, and thriving department of over twenty-five graduate students, fifteen faculty (not counting emeriti and contributing faculty in other departments), and fifty or so undergraduate majors. We hope that you will find enough information on these pages to help you get to know us, but if you have additional questions please contact the Director of Graduate Programs, Professor Alex Purves or the Student Affairs Officer, Klancy Maples.

Program Strengths:

  • Intellectual diversity: Areas of faculty strength include cultural and gender studies, literary criticism and theory, linguistics, papyrology, archaeology and material culture, digital reconstruction, and ancient philosophy.
  • Distinguished faculty and a strong academic environment: UCLA has consistently been ranked among the leading research universities in the country.
  • Emphasis on mastery of and proficiency in the ancient languages.
  • Particular importance given to the apprenticeship of graduate students for teaching. Departmental teaching appointments cover a wide variety of undergraduate courses, and include the opportunity to teach both in language and in civilization courses.
  • Close ties with the nearby J. Paul Getty Center, with its Museum, Research Institute and Library, and Conservation Institute.
  • One of the top ten academic research libraries in North America.
  • Admission to the program usually carries with it a six-year support package, (Fellowship years are combined with Teaching Assistantships).