Joining the Ancient Mediterranean Studies Program

AMS is open to participation on a number of levels. As a component of the Research Focus Group in Ancient Borderlands, the core seminar is open to all interested faculty, students, and members of the public. Our mailing list contains interested individuals from the Santa Barbara community and beyond, not only at UCSB but at other institutions. Anyone is welcome to sign up to receive notice of our upcoming events. Additionally, faculty and graduate students both at UCSB and other institutions are welcome to present their work at the core seminar. Visiting faculty at UCSB are particularly encouraged to participate during their time here. Those interested should contact the chair of the steering committee.

UCSB Faculty Interested in AMS
UCSB faculty can become active in AMS as affiliate faculty at any time according to interest and volition. Faculty who can serve as graduate advisors in participating departments are also eligible to become core faculty upon expression of interest. Those considering becoming a core or affiliate member of the AMS faculty, or desiring any information about the AMS emphasis program or core seminar, should contact the chair of the AMS steering committee.

UCSB Graduate Students Interested in Adding the Ph.D. Emphasis in AMS
Any student admitted to the Ph.D. program of a participating department may apply to add the Ph.D. Emphasis in Ancient Mediterranean Studies. Applications for admission to the emphasis must be endorsed by a member of the AMS core faculty. Applications for admission are accepted at any time, and should be submitted to the chair of the AMS Steering committee. Students are particularly encouraged to apply during their first year.

AMS Application Checklist
1. Verify that your home department is a participating department in AMS.
2. Select an AMS advisor. Any member of the AMS core faculty may serve as your AMS advisor. If your departmental advisor is a member of the core faculty, she or he can also serve as your AMS advisor. You can either approach a core faculty member directly or contact one of the members of the AMS steering committee for help in finding an advisor.
3. With the help of your AMS advisor, complete the AMS application, which details your plan to complete the AMS curriculum.
4. Sign the application form, and obtain the signature of your AMS advisor and your faculty advisor in your home department, if your departmental advisor is not also your AMS advisor.
5. Send your completed application to the chair of the AMS steering committee
6. Your application will then be reviewed by the AMS coordinating committee, typically within the month. You may be asked to make some revisions to your plan of study.
7. Once your application is approved by the steering committee, you will need to file a petition
with the Graduate Division in order to add the AMS emphasis to your Ph.D. program. You will need to request a “change of status” and check the box to add , and then write “Ancient Mediterranean Studies Emphasis” on the blank. Further instructions are on the graduate division website.

AMS Application Forms
AMS Application
Graduate Division Petition to add the AMS Emphasis
AMS Program Completion Form

Graduating with the Ph.D. Emphasis in Ancient Mediterranean Studies
In addition to completing the required courses, students must also receive approval of their dissertation topic from the AMS steering committee. Once the dissertation proposal has been approved by the home department and the student formally advances to candidacy, s/he should complete the AMS program completion form
and submit it to the chair of the steering committee. Once the steering committee reviews and approves it, they forward their recommendation to Graduate Division. The student then automatically receives the certification upon completion of their dissertation.

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