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Ancient Studies

Director: Nikoloutsos

Ancient Studies Advisory Board: Kerkeslager, Lewin, Marsilio,Payne, Wells

Program Overview

The Ancient Studies program provides students with the opportunity to complete a major or a minor in Ancient Studies. The major is separated into two different concentrations. The Classics concentration combines courses in intermediate/upper level Latin and Greek language and literature, Classical literature in translation, Hebrew language, Bible and religious studies, ancient history of the Mediterranean and Near East, and ancient material culture. As such, it prepares students for secondary school teaching in Latin and can also serve well as preparation for graduate study in Classical Studies and Classical Archaeology. A second concentration in Ancient Cultures is interdisciplinary and flexible in order to allow specialization in a variety of areas (e.g., Classics, Ancient Near East, Bible, Ancient History, Archaeology).


The major requires 10 courses. All majors must take at least one course in archaeology and attain at least intermediate proficiency in at least one ancient language (the equivalent of completing the second year of university study in the language). Additional requirements are distributed according to each student's concentration within the major. Students with an interest in teaching in Latin or in graduate studies related to Classics (including Classical archaeology) should choose the Classics concentration. The strong emphasis on ancient languages in the Classics concentration is essential for these goals. The Ancient Cultures concentration is an interdisciplinary program that may be appropriate for students who have other career goals but share an interest in the study of antiquity. The Ancient Cultures concentration also more easily accommodates advanced studies in mathematics and computer science, which are vital to archaeology. In both concentrations, courses at the intermediate level (200 level) in any ancient language may count among the ten courses. Courses at the introductory level (100 level) in an ancient language cannot be counted among the ten courses unless it is a student's second ancient language and a student satisfies the requirement for intermediate proficiency in another ancient language.

GEP Non-Native Language Requirement

Students may satisfy this requirement through testing (obtaining a score of 5 on an AP Latin Examination) or through successful completion of any of the following course sequences: Latin/Greek 101/102 (2 courses, 4/4, 8 credits) or Latin/Greek 102/201 (2 courses, 4/3, 7 credits) or Latin/Greek 201/202 (2 courses, 3/3, 6 credits) or Latin/Greek 202/300-400 (2 courses, 3/3, 6 credits) or Latin/Greek 300-400 (1 course, 3 credits).

Classics Concentration

Ten courses in the archaeology, literature, and languages of Classical antiquity. At least one must be an appropriate archaeology course. Six courses must be in Latin above the intermediate level (i.e., LAT 300 level or above). The remaining three courses should be chosen from courses in ancient studies that deal with Classical cultures (CLA, LAT, GRK, HON, HIS, PHL, REL).

Learning Goal

Students will gain an appreciation and understanding of Latin and Greek language, literature, history, and material culture and their connections with other academic disciplines such as history, archaeology, philosophy, theology, gender studies, and the social and natural sciences. They will understand the significant ways in which the Classics have influenced and shaped the modern world.


  • Students will develop a proficiency in translating and reading aloud Greek and Latin poetry and prose.
  • Students will achieve greater understanding and mastery of Greek and Latin vocabulary, morphology, grammar and syntax.
  • Students will explore and discuss major themes and ideologies in the literature and material culture of Greece and Rome.
  • Students will understand the social, political, religious, philosophical, economic, and legal dimensions of Greek and Roman civilization.
  • Students will develop cogent, well organized and thoroughly researched written and oral presentations of Greek and Latin language, literature, and civilization.