Ancient Cultures Concentration

A 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).  

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.