Friday, December 12, 2014

New Ph.D. Program for Ancient Studies

Inside Higher Ed
December 12th, 2014

As many humanities programs struggle to avoid cuts or face tough questions about job prospects for graduates, Washington University in St. Louis will launch a doctoral degree program this fall to cater to aspiring academics with interests in specific components of classical studies.
Classics department faculty members at Washington University say the program is intended to offer classics training with a twist that students can’t find elsewhere. And with two slots per year, the program won’t flood the already-tight job market with new Ph.D.-holders, said Timothy Moore, the department chair.
The university has long had a successful master’s degree program -- which will continue – in the classics, and with the addition of some new hires and new library resources acquired a couple years ago, the department started talking in 2012 about the future of its graduate program, said Moore, the John and Penelope Biggs Distinguished Professor of Classics.

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