Classics and Comparative Literature
Students have considerable freedom in choosing their courses, as many classes in the various modern languages and literatures count towards the completion of the Comparative Literature degree. In addition, several professors in both programs teach classes that bridge the divide between classical texts and the rest of world literature. Offerings in recent years include “Tragedy and the Political,” “Hölderlin's Translations of Sophocles,” and “Ancient Literary Criticism”; courses in Renaissance literature frequently engage with classical texts as well.
After they have completed their coursework, students will prepare for qualifying exams in Greek and Latin literature and for two sets of special fields exams, one on classical topics and one on comparative literature. Subsequently, students will plan and write a dissertation in collaboration with faculty from both departments.
Yale’s dedicated classics library and the collection of rare books at the Beinecke are unique resources for students conducting doctoral research in classical languages and literatures. The Classics department also offers significant funding for summer study abroad.