I.1 Overview

The Graduate Group inAncient History and Mediterranean Archaeology (AHMA or “The Group”) offers a two-stage integrated master’s and doctoral program (MA/PhD) in areas that combine work in history, archaeology, and related disciplines of ancient Mediterranean studies. Its faculty is currently composed of 24 members affiliated with the Departments of AnthropologyAncient Greek and Roman Studies (formerly Classics), HistoryHistory of Art, and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures (formerly Near Eastern Studies), as well as Berkeley’s School of Law and the Graduate Theological Union

The Group is committed to offering a wide-ranging, high-level graduate education that bridges the Mediterranean World and the Ancient Near East; combines different methodological approaches; and draws on diverse bodies of evidence. AHMA’s graduates go on to teach, research, and publish to international standards across these areas. Most of them have successfully secured positions in Departments of Anthropology, Art History, Classics, History, and Near Eastern or Middle Eastern Studies at colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad.

All requirements for the PhD degree (from entrance with either a BA or an MA to completion of the dissertation) should be concluded within a period of seven years. For a summary presentation of these requirements, see section II.1.

AHMA’s administrative offices are in 3413 Dwinelle Hall. Our staff are shared with Ancient Greek and Roman Studies, East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALC), the Group in Buddhist Studies (GBS), and South and Southeast Asian Studies (SSEAS). The AHMA program is an independent unit within the cluster with its own academic procedures and guidelines. Students should consult the AHMA Student Services Advisor if they are unsure about particular staff responsibilities. 

Dwinelle Hall facilities available to AHMA students include a graduate student lounge with computing and printing facilities, the Nemea Center for Classical Archaeology, the Sara B. Aleshire Center for Greek Epigraphy, and Graduate Students Instructor (GSI) offices. The administrative offices include a mailroom and copier/scanner machines.