Graduate

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, Savannah Shapiro.

Our Graduate Students have gone on to enjoy success both in academia and elsewhere. Please visit our current Graduate Students and Alumni pages to learn more.


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.
  • Collegiality and intellectual convergence: We pride ourselves on an atmosphere on cooperation and collegiality. Faculty from diverse areas are keen to work with students to create new disciplinary and critical approaches. A link with examples of how this might work will be available soon.
  • 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).