Inter-Departmental PhD in
Classical Art and Archaeology
Johns Hopkins has played a pivotal role in the training of PhD's in Classical Archaeology in this country since the turn of the 20 th century. David Moore Robinson (1880-1959), the excavator of Olynthos, was widely considered the doyen of the field while he served on the faculty from 1905 to 1947. In the fall of 2007, Johns Hopkins will initiate a new graduate program run jointly by the Departments of Classics and History of Art, with the co-operation of the University's distinguished Department of Near Eastern Studies.
Betsy Bryan (Near Eastern Studies): Egyptian Art and Archaeology
Christopher Celenza (Romance Languages): Classical Tradition; Renaissance Humanism
Herbert Kessler (History of Art): Late Antique, Medieval and Byzantine Art
Eunice Dauterman Maguire (Johns Hopkins Archaeological Collection): Late Antique and Byzantine Art; Curatorial Studies
Henry Maguire (History of Art): Byzantine Art
Matthew Roller (Classics): Roman History and Material Culture
Glenn Schwartz (Near Eastern Studies): Near Eastern Art and Archaeology
Dimitrios Yatromanolakis (Classics): Greek Cultural History and Vase-Painting
The Johns Hopkins Archaeological Collection contains a wide range of objects in all media, representing the cultures of Greece , Cyprus , Etruria , and Rome , as well as Egypt and the Near East. The Collection is scheduled to be re-installed in a new purpose-built space, with optimum conditions for display and study, in the heart of the campus, in 2008-2009. The University enjoys especially close relations with the Walters Art Museum , which houses one of the finest collections of Antiquities in the United States , and there are frequent opportunities for student interships at the Museum. The holdings of the Milton S. Eisenhower Library in archaeology are among the most comprehensive in the country.
Entering students will be expected to have a good B.A. in one of the following fields: Classics, History of Art, Ancient History, or Archaeology. They must demonstrate proficiency in one of the Classical languages, Greek or Latin, and in one of the relevant modern languages, German or French or Italian.
During three years in residence, students will typically take one or two seminars in each semester offered by the core faculty in Classical Art and Archaeology, and they will produce a total of eight seminar research papers. The remainder of their program will be devoted to language study and seminars in related areas (Ancient History, History of Art, Near Eastern Studies) to be determined by their interests and in consultation with their adviser.
Over the course of the second and third years in residence, students will take a battery of four PhD exams:
- Greek and Roman History
- Greek or Latin Language and Literature. Proficiency in the second language may be demonstrated by successfully completing a specified number of courses above intermediate level.
- Greek and Roman Art and Archaeology
- Minor Field Exam
Students may choose from among the following options:
- The Classical Tradition
- Near Eastern Art and Archaeology
- Egyptian Art and Archaeology
- Late Antique and Byzantine Art
- An individually-designed Minor
In addition, students must pass a reading exam in each of the three modern languages, German, French and Italian, over the course of three years.
• Study abroad
After completion of seminar and exam requirements, students will be expected to undertake a period of extended residence in the Mediterranean , typically of one to two years. In most cases they will be affiliated with either the American Academy in Rome or the American School of Classical Studies at Athens , but other options are possible, depending on the area of their dissertation research. With a year back in Baltimore to complete the dissertation, we envision a six-year program.
Admission and Fellowship Opportunities
Students may apply to the Program through either the Classics or History of Art Department. All students accepted into the Program will receive a funding package that includes tuition remission and a stipend for up to six years of study. Typically, students will be expected to serve as Teaching Assistant or Research Assistant beginning in their third year and during each semester that they are in residence.
For further information on graduate study, contact either the Department of Classics,
130 Gilman Hall
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or the Department of History of Art
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Baltimore, MD 21218
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To apply, see the instructions at the top of the "Graduate Program" page. Please indicate clearly in your personal statement that you are appling for the Interdepartmental PhD in Classical Art and Archaeology.