Department of History

MA in Ancient History and Language Acquisition

The Masters in Ancient History and Language Acquisition is designed for those students who have a keen interest in the history of the ancient world but who have not yet mastered ancient languages. The program combines language study in Greek and Latin with History coursework that builds upon a student’s background in ancient history. Students who complete the program will emerge with a strong grounding in ancient languages and enhanced understanding of the history of the ancient world. Among the features that distinguish this program are the following:

1) Students take a full offering of history courses in addition to their language work.

2) The range of ancient and medieval languages that IU offers exceeds that of nearly every other institution in the US. Most students will take Greek and/or Latin, but students may also choose to take other ancient languages such as Hebrew.

3) Students will complete the program with an MA in History instead of a Certificate.

Faculty members in ancient history offer a broad collection of courses detailing the social, religious, political, and cultural histories of Greece, Rome, and the late antique world while also participating in Indiana’s growing Ancient Studies Program. Indiana’s ancient historians also cooperate actively with faculty in Classical Studies, Religious Studies, and Art History to provide students with a comprehensive introduction to the ancient world.

Interested students should have demonstrable background in the history of antiquity and should articulate specific areas of interest in their applications. While it is desirable for them to have begun one ancient language before admission, this is not a requirement.

Outline of the Program:

In their first year students will combine ancient language instruction with H601 in the fall and a history colloquium in the spring. In their second year, students will take four of the intermediate-level language courses listed in Appendix C of the Graduate Guide for History credit. In addition, they will take one history colloquium and one history seminar. At the end of the year, they would also take a language examination certifying proficiency in the ancient language of their choice. The MA will be awarded based upon successful completion of both language and history courses with an overall GPA above 3.0 and a satisfactory mark on the examination.