The following are recommendations (rather than requirements) for students in the MA Program and the PhD Program. Fulfilling any of these will render the student better prepared to conduct research and/or substantially improve his/her standing as an applicant for a university/college and/or museum position upon completion of the PhD.
2.3.1. General knowledge of Greek and Roman archaeology
The student who has not completed a survey course in Greek archaeology and a survey course in Roman archaeology at the undergraduate level or in the MA program at another institution is advised to audit these courses at UC Berkeley (Classics 17A and Classics 17B, respectively), preferably prior to advancement in the PhD Program.
2.3.2. General knowledge of Greek and Roman history
The student who has not completed a survey course in Greek history and a survey course in Roman history at the undergraduate level or in the MA program at another institution is advised to audit these courses at UC Berkeley (History 105A and 105B and History 106A and 106B, respectively), preferably prior to advancement in the PhD Program.
2.3.3. General knowledge of Ancient Greek/Latin literature and ancient history
Although there are few coursework requirements in Greek or Latin literature or Greek or Roman history the student is urged to complete courses in any of these areas to the extent that his/her formal archaeological training permits with a view to enhancing his/her general knowledge of Greco-Roman culture.
2.3.4. Archaeology and topography of Athens/Rome
It is highly desirable that a classical archaeologist have a developed understanding of the archaeology and topography of the city that represents the principal cultural center of his/her primary culture area, namely Athens for the Greek culture area and Rome for the Roman culture area. The student is accordingly encouraged to complete a summer, one-semester or year-long program of study in and focusing on the center for his/her primary culture area.
In many cases a classical archaeologist must make regular and extensive use of epigraphical materials in conducting his/her research. The student is thus strongly encouraged to complete the graduate seminar offered in the epigraphy of his/her primary culture area (Classics 220A Greek Epigraphy; Classics 220B Latin Epigraphy).