The Ancient Studies Major and Minor

The Ancient Studies Major


The major requires a minimum of 32 credits,


The 32-credit minimum should include:

  • at least one (4-credit) intermediate-level course in Greek or Latin, or Asian-142  Elementary Sanskrit;
  • at least one (4-credit) art historical or archeological course focusing on the ancient Mediterranean;
  • at least one (4-credit) literary or mythical course focusing on the ancient Mediterranean or India;
  • at least two (4-credit) historical courses (i.e., 8 credits total), one on the ancient Greek and one on the ancient Roman world;
  • at least two (4-credit) 300-level courses (8 credits total), one of which must be a designated capstone/research seminar, and one of which must be in the chosen concentration;
  • one additional (4-credit) course at the 200-level or above;
  • at least three (4-credit) courses (12 credits total) must be within the chosen concentration.

Students who major in ancient studies choose from among three concentrations: art historical/archaeological, historical, or literary/mythological. The aim of the concentrations is to balance the breadth of the major with depth and to provide coherence.

Because only 32 credits are required, ancient studies majors must also have another major, minor, or certificate to complete degree requirements. Minoring in religion, art history, an ancient language, philosophy, or religion complements ancient studies well by deepening a student's expertise in one discipline.

The Ancient Studies Minor

The minor requires a minimum of 20 credits, including courses from two different areas of concentration, at least one 300-level course, and relevant courses in classics, art history, history, Asian studies, philosophy, politics, and religion.