Program in Classical Art & Archaeology
In addition to its regular degree programs, the McIntire Department of Art sponsors an interdisciplinary program in classical art and archaeology, leading to the degrees of M.A. and Ph.D. While the program aims to foster a thorough acquaintance with Greek and Roman art, it also encourages the student to acquire a broad understanding of ancient culture. Reading knowledge of Greek and Latin is encouraged; credit is given for relevant courses offered by other departments. Course work outside the Department of Art may lead to the choice of a special field in anthropology, ancient history, religion, philosophy, or literature. Course work may also be taken in a relevant post-classical period, such as Medieval or Renaissance. At an appropriate stage in their graduate study, most students in the program will also participate in archaeological field work. Recent students have worked at Morgantina, the Athenian Agora, Isthmia, Mycenae, Tel Dor (Israel) and as members of the Pompeii Forum Project.
The program does not have a rigid structure. The curriculum is determined by the studentıs preparation, interests, and needs. About two-thirds of the ten courses needed for the M.A. should be concentrated in ancient and medieval art, the remaining courses being in other areas of ancient study. Students prepare for the Comprehensive Examination in the two fields of ancient and early medieval art. Language requirements in French or Italian and German, are met before students take the Comprehensive Examination.
Departmental permission is needed before one may proceed to the Ph.D. as in the regular program. Course work for the Ph.D. should be concentrated in the area of specialization in ancient art (sculpture, painting, architecture, or various period fields) and in the special field, as described above. The Ph.D. examination in the area of specialization takes place after the completion of course requirements. For dissertation requirements see Ph.D. Requirements.
The program instructors include Anastasia Dakouri-Hild, John Dobbins, Bernie Frischer, and Tyler Jo Smith. Students are encouraged to work closely with faculty in other departments such as Anthropology, Classics and History. The Archaeological Institute of America Charlottesville Society is based at the University; most graduate students become involved as members and participate in local events.