Ancient Cultures Concentration

A second concentration in Ancient Cultures is interdisciplinary and flexible to allow specialization in a variety of areas that complement existing programs (e.g., Classics, Ancient Near East, Bible, Ancient History, Archaeology).  

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).

Concentration in Classics

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.

Objectives:

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

Ancient Cultures Concentration

Achieve a critical awareness of (a) important historical and social dimensions of multiple cultures from the ancient world; (b) various tools and methods used in the study of those cultures; and (c) the relevance of these issues, tools, and methods for the study of humans in other cultures and time periods.

Objectives:

  • Students will study and demonstrate an appreciation for the material culture of the ancient world and the significance of such study for understanding an ancient society.
  • Students will read extensively in primary textual sources (in translation) and demonstrate competency in the use of those sources for the study of historical and social developments in the ancient world.
  • Students will explore scholarly points of view on the ancient world and demonstrate an ability to utilize and assess such scholarship.
  • Students will study one or more relevant languages and demonstrate an intermediate proficiency in at least one ancient language.
  • Students will become familiar with broader theoretical frameworks that help to integrate the study of ancient cultures into research in other relevant fields.
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