Requirements for a Major in Ancient Studies

Requirements for a Major in Ancient Studies

Completion of the 4th semester (or higher) of Greek or Latin

1 ancient history course

1 Classics course

4 electives selected from the Departments of Art & Art History, Asian Studies, Classics, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, and Theater.

1 Independent Research, which gives the student a chance to explore a chosen topic in depth.

Great Conversation 113 and 115 may be used as electives.

1 course in Greek may be used as an elective if the student satisfies the required language portion of the major with Latin courses. 1 course in Latin may be used as an elective if the student satisfies the required language portion of the major with Greek courses.

Intended Learning Outcomes for a Major in Ancient Studies

Students will demonstrate:

    1. intermediate-level (or higher) competence in translating ancient Greek or Latin.
    2. basic knowledge (equivalent to the knowledge obtained in a Level I course) of ancient Greek and Roman history and literature, supplemented by basic knowledge in other areas of study (e.g., art, philosophy, political science, religion) concerned with the ancient Mediterranean world.
    3. in-depth knowledge (equivalent to the knowledge expected in a Level III course) of at least one subject area within the major.

Requirements for Distinction in Ancient Studies

To graduate with distinction in Ancient Studies, a student must demonstrate talent with ancient Greek or Latin, skill in conducting research on an ancient topic, and broad cultural knowledge of the ancient Mediterranean world. Specific guidelines are available from Prof. Anne Groton, Director of the Ancient Studies Program. Students interested in pursuing distinction should notify Prof. Groton no later than January 1 of their senior year.

To read the Ancient Studies Brochure, click here.

Questions? Contact the Director, Prof. Anne Groton (Classics), or any of the faculty on the Ancient and Medieval Studies Steering Committee: Prof. Hilary Bouxsein (Classics), Prof. Karen Cherewatuk (English), Prof. Tim Howe (History), Prof. Kyle Helms (Classics), Prof. Karen Marsalek (English), Prof. Danny Muñoz-Hutchinson (Philosophy), Prof. Maggie Odell (Religion), Prof. Steve Reece (Classics), Prof. Jason Ripley (Religion), or Prof. Nancy Thompson (Art History).