Wilfrid Laurier University Graduate Calendar - 2011/2012
Canadian Excellence

Master of Arts in Ancient Mediterranean Cultures

Study of the Mediterranean basin in its broader context, rather than in narrow, discrete areas, provides a richer, more reflective understanding of the continual interactions among cultures and geographical regions. Students in the MA program in Ancient Mediterranean Cultures are informed of these significant interactions through a collaborative involvement of specialists from several fields, particularly where cross-cultural influences have broken new ground in the development of Mediterranean and European societies.

The Department, together with the Department of Classical Studies at the University of Waterloo, offers a joint program leading to the MA degree. The Waterloo-Laurier Graduate Program in Ancient Mediterranean Cultures is responsible for admissions, for the program of instruction and for the naming of students' supervisory committees. Students in the program register either at Wilfrid Laurier University or the University of Waterloo (depending on where the supervisor is located), but will undertake course work and use faculty and library resources at both universities. Students are governed by the university in which they are registered and their degree is granted by the home university. Applications are considered by the Program co-ordinating committee and a recommendation for admission or rejection is forwarded to the Dean of Graduate Studies at the proposed home university. 

Admission Requirements

In order to be admitted to the Master's program, a student must meet the general admission requirements of the university. In addition, a minimum admission average of B+ in the last two years of undergraduate study, exclusive of first year level courses in those two years, is required. Honours graduates without sufficient ancient language training or ones in a program other than Classical or Near Eastern Studies or general degree graduates may be admitted if evidence justifying admission is offered; however, a program of appropriate preparatory studies (qualifying year) may be required of such applicants.

Students are expected to submit a statement of research interests. Applications must be accompanied by official transcripts and be supported by at least two letters of recommendation from faculty members who are qualified to assess the applicantís potential for graduate training in the ancient Mediterranean cultures program. Applications are reviewed by the Graduate Admissions Committee, which considers all prior university grades, a statement of research interests, a writing sample, and letters of reference.

Proficiency in written and spoken English is essential to pursue graduate studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. Applicants whose first language is not English and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree at an institution where English is the language of instruction are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English.

Language Requirements

Language requirements will be established based on the studentís area of specialization. All students will be expected to pass a translation examination in at least one ancient language, and at least one modern language other than English, in order to graduate.

Program Requirements

A candidate for the Master of Arts degree in Ancient Mediterranean Cultures is required to take one team-taught fall-term course (either CL600 - Research Methods in Ancient Mediterranean Cultures or CL601 - The Integration of the Ancient Mediterranean World). There are two alternative options of study. The thesis option includes four seminar courses and a research requirement of a thesis with an oral defence before an appropriate examinations committee comprised of faculty from both institutions. The course-and- research paper option includes six seminar courses and submission of a research paper defended before 2 faculty examiners. To meet the general comprehensive requirement of each university, courses are normally organized as seminars. The choice of the option of study for any individual student will be made through consultation between the student and the Department, but the final decision rests with the Department.

  • 4 term courses (including either CL600 - Research Methods in Ancient Mediterranean Cultures or CL601 - The Integration of the Ancient Mediterranean World) plus CL699 - Thesis (approximately 20,000 - 30,000 words, or 50 - 75 pages) plus oral defence in accordance with the university's regulations
  • 6 term courses (including either CL600 - Research Methods in Ancient Mediterranean Cultures or CL601 - The Integration of the Ancient Mediterranean World) plus CL695* - Research Paper (approximately 10,000 - 16,000 words, or 25 - 40 pages), and defended orally before 2 examiners