The UC Tri-Campus Graduate Program

UC Irvine, UC Riverside and UCSD

What is the UC Tri-Campus Program?

This graduate program joins together into a single faculty more than twenty experts in classics and related disciplines from the three southernmost University of California campuses (Irvine, Riverside, and San Diego). It features an innovative curriculum and program of study that address the practical and theoretical questions confronting the humanities and classics in particular as both enter the twenty-first century.

What are the Program's Goals?

The aim of the Tri-Campus Program is to provide an educational environment for pursuing a graduate career in classics that is closely integrated into the main currents of humanistic and social scientific scholarship. The program's faculty recognizes that today and in the future teachers of the classics must possess and develop expertise beyond the standard specialties of the traditional classics Ph.D. degree. Classics programs, in both large research universities and small liberal arts colleges, increasingly feel the pressure to break down the boundaries between disciplines.To achieve these goals, the program and curriculum are designed around five principles:

  • Study the ancient texts and objects in their wider social, cultural, and historical contexts.
  • Bring the culture of the ancient Greeks and Romans into the purview of contemporary literary and sociological theory.
  • Examine the reception of ancient literature and culture by later cultures and the appropriation of the ancient world by the modern world.
  • Pay particular attention to the intersections of Greek and Roman society and culture with each other and with the other cultures of the ancient world.
  • Utilize to the fullest the potential of new computing technologies as tools for research and teaching.

These five interdisciplinary principles are embodied in the four Core Courses (Classics 200A, 200B, 200C, and 201). Graduate seminars (Classics 220) and reading courses in Greek and Latin authors (Classics 205) round out the program of studies. This curriculum has been in effect at Irvine since 1995, taught by faculty members from all three campuses.

Where do I apply?

The Tri-Campus Program uniquely does not belong to a particular campus but to the University of California. Students who are accepted into the program may enroll at any of the three campuses. Because instruction and administrative functions take place on the Irvine campus, students will normally enroll at Irvine. Applications to the Tri-Campus Graduate Program will be reviewed by an admissions committee composed of members from all three campuses.

Where is the Tri-Campus Program located?

UC Irvine is located five miles inland from the Pacific Ocean, fifty miles south of metropolitan Los Angeles, forty-five miles southwest of UC Riverside and seventy-four miles north of UCSD. In addition to its beaches, mountains, and deserts, Southern California offers excellent cultural amenities such as museums, theater, dance, opera, and music.

What are the requirements for admission?

Applicants to the program should have a B.A. or equivalent in classics or classical civilization, which normally means that you have had at least three years of one classical language and two of the other. Majors in other disciplines (e.g., comparative literature, history, philosophy, or interdisciplinary fields such as women's studies) are welcome, provided they have sufficient background in Greek and Latin. All applicants must submit Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores and must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or the equivalent. If you have completed an M.A. in classics at another institution, you may be admitted with advanced standing and may have the course requirements reduced from the normal three years to two or one. The level of course reduction will be determined by progress evaluation exams administered in the spring quarter of each year.

The Role of the Joint Executive Committee

The Tri-Campus Program is administered by a joint executive committee (JEC), which consists of six representatives, two from each campus, serving staggered, two-year terms. The JEC's responsibilities include: reviewing graduate applications and admitting students to the program; overseeing the formation of examination and dissertation committees; reviewing and deciding on student petitions; making policy decisions concerning the program, including changes in the program's requirements and procedures; and interpreting the program's requirements and procedures. The JEC elects from its members a chair to serve a three-year term. It is the chair's responsibility to manage budgetary issues, schedule and set the agenda for quarterly JEC meetings, identify faculty to teach graduate courses, and generally look after the smooth operation of the program.

The Role of the Graduate Adviser

The graduate adviser is a faculty member responsible for supervising graduate study in the department and monitoring the academic progress of graduate students. The graduate adviser coordinates the various elements of the academic program and advises students and other faculty members about program requirements and university policies. The graduate adviser keeps records for each student and for the whole program, ensures that each student meets all requirements and makes satisfactory progress toward attainment of the degree, and is instrumental in the nomination of students for fellowship support and assistantship appointments. The graduate adviser also provides general help to students as they attempt to negotiate the academic and administrative hurdles on their way to completion of their degrees. The graduate adviser is an ex-official member of the Tri-Campus JEC for the duration of his or her tenure, normally two years.

Election of Student Representative

Graduate students elect a representative who attends JEC meetings as a regular voting member. Graduate students are also invited to attend meetings as observers and to participate where appropriate. The voting rights and attendance of the graduate student representative are circumscribed by the requirements of confidentiality.