Graduate Education in Classics: A Continuing Conversation....

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it!" Does Graduate Education in Classics Need Reform?

Proliferating Demands on Graduate Students Stemming from Challenges Faced by the Profession

Eric Casey voiced concern that, despite increasing pressure to shorten the time to degree in all graduate programs, students were being asked to spend time on more and more different types of things (e.g. on teaching and research; on philology and related classical disciplines; on classics and outside fields (comparative literature, women's studies, etc.). Bridget Murnaghan agreed that this was a problem, particularly given the increasing pressure on graduate programs to shorten time to degree, the general scarcity of funding, and the fact that it has become impossible to assume that entering graduate students will on the whole have similar backgrounds, interests, or needs.

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