Classical Philology

Looking for a program which combines in-depth philological training with cutting-edge approaches to classical literature? Then the Classical Philology Track at Yale is for you. 

Photo of coinAt Yale, you will have the resources to explore both traditional topics and those at the forefront of philological study through a unique combination of course work, advised special topics, and the opportunity to work with a world-class faculty. Your first two years in the program are devoted to coursework, which includes a mixture of specialized seminars, comprehensive surveys in both languages, and three courses in non-literary areas of study. There are also specialized methodological courses in Epigraphy, Paleography, and Papyrology, which make use of Yale’s outstanding collections of ancient coins, artwork, and papyri. Through this coursework you will fine-tune your language skills and get a good handle on the techniques of classical scholarship.

Photo from Beinecke library at Yale.The third and fourth years are geared towards gaining valuable teaching experience and completing your qualifying exams, which are based on thorough, yet manageable reading lists. When the time comes for your dissertation, a first-rate and engaging faculty is ready to help focus and develop your research interests. You will also have access to the exceptional resources of the university, including a specialized Classics Library, unrivalled collections of artifacts and papyri, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Yale University Art Gallery, and numerous electronic databases. In addition, there are generous funds for conference travel and a competitive fellowship for archaeological research. The Classics department at Yale offers its students the resources and the encouragement to explore their interests, gain a firm grounding in philology, and develop a holistic view of the classical world in a supportive and vibrant academic community.