Medieval Latin

Doctor of Philosophy in Medieval Latin

Prerequisites. Competence in both Greek and Latin sufficient to allow the student to take courses numbered above 100 upon entering Graduate School. 

Academic Residence. Minimum of two years of full-time study (a combination of 16 courses, 301s or units of 303). Students are not normally permitted to take more than two courses numbered 301 before sitting for their General Examinations, and only after taking Greek 201 (for a 301 in Greek) and Latin 201 (for a 301 in Latin), or equivalent.

Program of Study. As well as acquiring close familiarity with Medieval Latin, candidates will be expected to continue their study of both Greek and classical Latin. Programs of study will be determined on an individual basis in consultation with a faculty director in Medieval Latin. The program will be such as to foster expertise in:

  1. The methodology covered in the Proseminar or its equivalent in Medieval Studies (one required).
  2. Classical and Medieval Latin language and literature, to be tested in the General Examinations (see below).
  3. Advanced interpretation. To this end, before taking the Special Examinations, candidates must pass four courses designated "primarily for graduates" and given by faculty of the department or courses on medieval topics given outside the department. Two of these courses will normally be in classical Latin, two in Medieval Latin.
  4. Prose composition. This requirement is met by passing Latin K (or the equivalent) and Greek H; it must be fulfilled before the Special Examinations are taken (see below).
  5. Historical linguistics. This requirement is met by passing Latin 134 or equivalent work; it must be fulfilled before the Special Examinations are taken (see below).
  6. Latin palaeography (which may be met by passing Classical Philology 277 or equivalent work).

Modern Languages. The demonstration of a reading knowledge of French or Italian and of German, to be tested by the department (with the aid of dictionaries). This requirement must be fulfilled before the Special Examinations are taken. Tests are normally administered in October and April.

Pedagogy. Students take a practicum course (Classic 360) in the craft of teaching, normally in their third year. Strategies will be applicable to courses taught in translation as well as language courses.

General Examinations. All students will, normally by the end of the April of their second year, take General Examinations comprising:

  1. Two written examinations of three hours each in the translation of classical Latin and Medieval Latin authors; each examination will consist of six passages (half prose and half verse) of which two will be at sight.
  2. An oral examination of one-and-one-half hours on the history of classical and Medieval Latin literature. The examinations will be based on two reading lists in classical and Medieval Latin which will be approximately the same in length as those in classical Greek and Latin literature required for the PhD in Classical Philology.

These examinations may only be repeated once in the event of failure. If a student fails only one part of the examination, then he or she need only repeat that part.

Special Examinations. By the end of the third or, at the latest, the fourth year the candidate must take a two-hour oral examination devoted to

  1. An ancient Latin author, with attention to the author's influence on medieval literature or thought;
  2. A Medieval Latin author, including the manuscript tradition of the author's works and historical background; and
  3. A special subject to be selected from the following fields: medieval history, philosophy, theology, law, art, Latin palaeography, Latin grammar and metrics.

The choice of authors and subject should be submitted for approval at the time of the General Examinations or within a month following them. Preparation for this examination will be by independent study, with regular supervision by a faculty member for each part of the examination (Classic 302). These examinations may be repeated only once in the event of failure.

Dissertation Regulations. See the Dissertation Regulations page.