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The Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies offers two graduate programs: an MA and a PhD. Within the master's program, students may choose from a sub-plan in religions in antiquity, Greek, Latin, or classics. Within the PhD program, students may choose to pursue a sub-plan in classics or religions in antiquity.

Although most students emphasize one of these areas, we view Classical and Near Eastern studies as an integrated and coherent discipline. CNES graduate students are strongly encouraged to adopt a broad interdisciplinary approach by taking courses and serving as teaching and research assistants across the entire range of the department’s offerings.

Our programs emphasize skills in reading, writing, critical thinking, analysis, and research. Students emerge from our program with an enhanced vocabulary, effective communication skills, and an extensive knowledge of the history of these ancient classical cultures. Our graduates hold a variety of positions in post-secondary education and research.

CLA’s Graduate Programs Office offers graduate students access to funding resources, health and supportive services, diversity initiatives, and other valuable information.