The Program

The interdepartmental Classical Studies Graduate Program (CLST) at Columbia University is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of the Greek and Roman Worlds, as well as the larger Ancient Mediterranean. Faculty from many Departments at Columbia University are involved in training CLST students. Participating departments include Art History and Archaeology, Classics, History, and Philosophy. The program is committed to its traditional core fields of historical, art historical, archaeological, and literary research, and to extending into the study of ancient thought broadly conceived, where this includes ancient philosophy, historiography, medicine, religion, and the later reception of ancient ideas. Together with the Center for the Ancient Mediterranean, CLST is the home of a vibrant research community that provides broad and coherent training in classical studies.

CLST graduates have gone on to do exciting research, and to teach in a wide range of Colleges and Universities. The program offers both a free-standing terminal M.A. program and a Ph.D. (M.A./M.Phil./Ph.D.) program. Each student follows a carefully designed program in three major fields of classical studies. The M.A. program is intended both for students who are seeking a free-standing M.A. in Classical Studies, and for students interested in receiving further training before applying to Ph.D. programs. In the Ph.D. program, the M.A. and M.Phil. degrees are earned sequentially and as preliminary steps towards the Ph.D. degree. All of our Ph.D. students receive a comprehensive program of financial aid, including fellowships, funding for summer research, and appointments in teaching.