Greek and Latin AMP

All students must meet the Requirements for the Accelerated Master's Degree Programs

Overview

This accelerated master's degree program (AMP) offers select UVM students of Greek and Latin languages, as well as Classics, an opportunity to earn their bachelor's degree and the master's degree in Greek and Latin in 5 years. Nine credits toward the MA will be earned during the senior year (6 of which may count toward the BA). The remaining credits will be completed in the 5th year. Full-time graduate student status can begin the summer after undergraduate graduation and be maintained until completion of the MA in Greek and Latin. Students typically pursue the master’s degree in Greek and Latin either as a stepping stone to doctoral work (hopefully well-funded as a result), or to teaching in high schools (usually Latin).

Specific Requirements

Requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies for the Degree of Master of arts for Accelerated Students

Students must apply for and be accepted to the AMP through the standard Graduate College application process, except that GRE scores are not required. Normally, the application and admission process must be finalized prior to the beginning of the senior year (typically in the Spring of the junior year). Students must be admitted by the Graduate College before taking any courses that will apply to the master’s degree, i.e., all courses used for the master’s degree must be taken after formal admission to the AMP. Courses approved for graduate credit are 200-level or higher with the prefix GRK, LAT, CLAS, or GKLT. Students taking a course approved for graduate credit as part of the AMP program must notify the faculty member they are taking the course at the graduate level before the course begins. That notification must be copied to gradcoll@uvm.edu.

Consideration for admission requires the following:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00
  • Minimum knowledge of Greek and Latin language: at least one course in each language at the 200-level (the more the better).
  • Standard Graduate College application, including:
  • Completion of the Graduate College Application form
    • 3 letters of recommendation from UVM faculty members
    • Reading knowledge of German (French or Italian are, however, also acceptable)
    • Students lacking this may submit a plan describing how they will acquire such knowledge outside of the Spring and Fall semester of their 5th year for consideration (e.g. intensive course in summer between 4th and 5th years).

Minimum Degree Requirements for the Degree of Master of arts

Option A (Thesis)
Twenty-four credits of graded course work plus at least six credits of thesis research (GKLT 391), and successful completion and defense of a master's thesis. The twenty-four credits of course work consist of:6
Greek and Latin MA students are required to take GKLT 300 (Proseminar), which is offered every other year: when it is offered during their senior (4th) year, AMP students must take it then as the course that does not count toward their BA.3
Six credits of GKLT 381 (Seminar)6
Nine additional credits of advanced courses in Greek and Latin9
Six additional credits in Greek, Latin, Classics, or approved credits in related fields6

Note: Students desiring to do an MA thesis must 1) secure explicit recommendations that they be allowed to do so from the 3 faculty who write recommendation letters for them to be admitted to the AMP; 2) identify the thesis advisor before the end of their senior year; and 3) successfully complete the translation part of their comprehensive MA exams at the beginning of the Fall semester of their 5th year. The non-thesis option is typically the better option, however: it is the default option.

Option B (Non-Thesis)
Thirty credits of graded course work. The thirty credits of course work consist of:
Greek and Latin MA students are required to take GKLT 300 (Proseminar), which is offered every other year: when it is offered during their senior (4th) year, AMP students must take it then as the course that does not count toward their BA.3
Six credits of GKLT 381 (Seminar)6
Fifteen additional credits of advanced courses in Greek, Latin, and Classics15
Six additional credits of advanced courses in Greek, Latin, Classics, or approved credits in related fields6

Note: The non-thesis option is the default option for the majority of students who, in lieu of a thesis, present to the faculty a dossier of two polished term papers from their course work.

Both Options
Greek and Latin AMP students must pass the comprehensive exam in at least one modern foreign language: given the coursework in the 5th year, preparing for this during the 5th year is all but impossible. Thus students must enter the 5th year with this competency already acquired.

Comprehensive Examination

Comprehensive exams are taken in the first and last two weeks of Fall and Spring semesters. The comprehensive exam includes the following components: 1) translation exam in Greek and Latin passages from the reading list (this component will be attempted at the start of the third semester (if not passed on the first attempt, it will be reattempted at the start of the fourth semester); 2) ancient history (completing CLAS 121 and CLAS 122 may be substituted, but students must enroll in them as CLAS 295 and CLAS 296 and do additional work for the 200-level credit); 3) literature and philology (the GKLT 300 final exam will count for this exam if the faculty consensus is that the exam was sufficiently rigorous and the student performed sufficiently well).  In addition, students must demonstrate reading knowledge of German (the graduate coordinator in Classics may agree to substitute another appropriate language if the student makes a strong case) via a modern language exam.

Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy for the Degree of Master of arts

Completion of all requirements listed above for either the thesis or the non-thesis option.