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Our Program

The Ancient Languages and Cultures graduate program (ALC) is closely affiliated with the History department graduate program. Candidates seeking admission to the ALC program should apply to the graduate program in History. The goal of the ALC program is to prepare students for success at a PhD-granting institution in a field that requires knowledge of at least one ancient language. Students spend about a third of their time studying ancient language, another third exploring historical methods and their application to a broad range of issues and venues, and a final third writing a thesis or long paper which can be used as a writing sample when they apply to the schools where they hope to complete a doctorate. It is our intention that ALC students will improve their chances for future success in academia by honing linguistic skills and learning best practices in historical research.

If you have questions or wish to explore the ALC program further, please email Prof. Mark Damen (


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