ClassicsDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Supervisor: Aara Suksi
What is it about your grad program that enables you to thrive and be successful?
Our department is relatively small compared to other schools and disciplines. I find this to be an asset. There is a strong sense of camaraderie between students, faculty and staff. In addition, we have professors who are highly skilled and knowledgeable, but more importantly, they are all incredibly supportive.
What’s your favourite book?
Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen.
Describe your research.
I study socio-political allusions in ancient Greek tragedy. More specifically, I examine how non-Athenian scenes of supplication in Euripides’ Andromache give us insight into Athens hegemony during the Peloponnesian War and into the Athenians’ relationship with their allies and in particular, with Sparta, their rival for supremacy. My approach is based on Antonio Gramsci’s theory of hegemony, which interprets hegemony as moral leadership rooted in consent rather than force.
What is your “dream” career?
My dream career would involve teaching in some capacity. It’s what I have enjoyed most about my experiences as a graduate student at Western.
Have you worked as a TA or RA?
I have had the fortunate opportunity to serve as both a TA and an RA. Through my work as a TA I have realized my passion for teaching and working with students. I’ve had the opportunity to guest lecture, to advise on and grade essays, and to write multiple choice questions. As a RA, I’ve had the chance to work with many professors from departments outside of my own, ranging from Modern Languages, to English, to Philosophy. It’s been very fulfilling to contribute to the research projects of other professionals, has provided me with real world work experience, and has given me a glimpse of how academia operates outside of a classroom.
Program ContactKathleen Beharrell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Department of Classical StudiesWestern University
Lawson Hall Rm 3205A
London, Ontario N6A 5B8
t. 519-661-2111 ext. 84520
Students in the PhD program undertake a course of study that leads to a major, original research project on a topic of interest in the literatures, history and material cultures of ancient Greece and Rome. The program consists of several stages designed to ensure that students have broad knowledge in the range of subfields common to the study of antiquity and a substantial knowledge base in their particular are of intellectual enquiry, the subject of the dissertation. We have a small but growing group of PhD students engaged in a wide range of research projects, working closely with award-winning faculty supervisors. Each PhD student writes a number of exams at each stage of the program, including Greek and Latin translation exams, exams that test reading knowledge of the modern languages in which scholars often write (German, French, Italian), Comprehensive Exams (broad knowledge) and a Special Field exam that tests preparation for writing the PhD thesis.
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- 12 Terms (4 years)
- Full-time study
- Funding package of $19,100.00. Consists of GTA funding of $9,464.00 for fall and winter terms, and WGRS funding of $9,363.00 for three terms.
Applicants (domestic and international) are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships:
- M.A. degree in Classics.
- Obtained a GPA of at least 80%.
- Substantial training in ancient Greek or Latin (normally 5 years of one language, 4 of the other).
In exceptional cases, there is a possibility for direct entry to the Ph.D. program; these decisions are made at the discretion of the Graduate Admissions Committee of the Department.
English Language Proficiency
Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language:
- The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum acceptable score is 550 for the paper and pencil version. [Western's TOEFL ID is 0984].
- The International English Language Testing Service (IELTS). Minimum acceptable score is 6 out of 9.
- The Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB). Minimum acceptable score is 80 on each section and an overall score of 85.
- January 15 - Acceptance notification by February 15
Applications received after January 15 are contingent on space availability and funding.
Fields of Research
- Ancient History
- Archeology/Material Culture
- Classics (Greek and Latin Philology and Literature)