The CANE track students will follow the Classics Department Ph.D. program requirements, with the following exemptions and requirements:

• Exemption from two Classics (CL/GR/LAT) seminars: among the four Classics seminars they take, at least one of them must be a Latin seminar.

• Exemption from one of the six Greek and Latin Language core courses (4 Greek/Latin Survey sequences and 2 Greek/Latin Literature Surveys).

• Required NELC courses: four graduate level courses (12 credits) in the NELC department (5000-level and up, 3 units of credit or more): At least two will have to be language courses; no more than 3 credits of independent studies can be counted towards these five courses.

• Required course on Introduction to the Field of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (NELC 5101; one credit hour).

• The student will pass an “MA” (or Intermediate-level) exam in one Near Eastern language of his/her specialty, set by the corresponding NELC faculty member.

• The CANE track candidacy or field exams will include two Classics fields and two fields focused on Near Eastern or Near Eastern/Classical topics (taught by qualified faculty from any department). The two Classics fields need not be divided between Greek and Latin, but the four fields should balance language-literature and history/cultural studies.



1. Any one of the NELC courses will cover the ancillary course required of Classics students.

2. Students are required to take one History course, as required for Classics students (if it is a NELC history course, it should be in addition to the five NELC courses required).

3. CANE track students will be required to pass Candidacy (Ph.D.) level in Greek, and the MA level in Latin.

4. This track does not confer a separate degree from the Classics/Greek and Latin degree (although the specialized track will be noted in the student’s CV and will strongly shape the student’s professional profile). The CANE program is not a Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization (GIS). The GIS on Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean (GISRAM) and in Comparative Literatures are not incompatible with this track.

5. Students are encouraged to choose seminars and coursework taught by the faculty affiliated with this track. When a seminar specially intended for the comparative study of Greek and Near Eastern sources is offered, students will be expected to take it or audit it. They are also encouraged to take advantage of courses on methodologies and research tools of the area of their interest, when offered.