ANCIENT HISTORY

Studying ancient history requires the ability to work with different types of evidence surviving from antiquity, including both literary texts and material culture. Your language of choice should be related to the primary materials in the area of the world or period of history that most intrigue you. Graduate programs will be looking for students to be able to work in at least one ancient language at the advanced level, and preferably some experience of a second ancient language.  Training in French or German is also recommended.

a) Two courses which provide a comprehensive introduction to the ancient Mediterranean world.  Good choices include:

  • CLAS 121 Greek World
  • CLAS 122 Roman World
  • CLAS 127 Women, Gender & Sexuality
  • CLAS 145 Pagans, Christians & Jews

b) Study in a language at least to the intermediate level (Arabic, Greek, Hebrew or Latin).

c) 301 Research Forum.

d) 490 Senior Seminar.

e) Electives chosen from the offerings of the department, such as:

  • CLAS 123 Introduction to Archaeology
  • CLAS 127 Women, Gender and Sexuality in Ancient Greece and Rome
  • CLAS 160 Introduction to Ancient and Medieval Art
  • CLAS 135 Rome and India
  • CLAS 145 Pagans, Christians and Jews
  • CLAS 192 Comparative Ancient and Modern Cities: Rome and Alexandria
  • CLAS 194 Background to the Modern Middle East
  • More language courses

OR consult with your adviser about potentially taking other relevant courses as electives for your major, such as:

  • HIST 194 Byzantine History
  • RELI 120 Hebrew Bible
  • HIST 266 History of Islam
  • HIST 379 The Study of History

For study abroad, we recommend working in the region of your main interest, such as in Rome, Greece, Israel, Turkey, or Egypt.

MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES

a) Two courses which provide a comprehensive introduction to the ancient near east.  Good choices include:

  • CLAS 121 Greek World
  • CLAS 145 Pagans, Christians and Jews

OR Consult with your adviser about taking one of the following for the survey course:

  • CLAS 135 Rome and India
  • CLAS 194 Background to the Modern Middle East
  • HIST 194 Byzantine History
  • HIST 266 History of Islam
  • RELI 100 Muslim Societies and Identities
  • RELI 120 Hebrew Bible
  • RELI 122 Early Christianity

b) Study in a language at least to the intermediate level (Arabic, Greek, or Hebrew preferred).

c) 301 Research Forum.

d) 490 Senior Seminar.

e) Electives chosen from the offerings of the department, such as:

  • CLAS 192 Comparative Ancient and Modern Cities: Rome and Alexandria
  • CLAS 135 Rome and India
  • CLAS 194 Background to the Modern Middle East

OR courses otherwise approved in advance by the department. Consider:

  • HIST 194 Byzantine History
  • HIST 266 History of Islam
  • RELI 100 Muslim Societies and Identities
  • RELI 120 Hebrew Bible
  • RELI 122 Early Christianity
  • RELI 200 Revelation and Tradition in Islam
  • RELI 201 Islam and Philosophy
  • RELI 300 Introduction to Islamic Law
  • HIST 250 History of Pre-Modern Medicine
  • HIST 266 History of Islam from Mohammed to 1517
  • SOCI 240 Images of Women in the Middle East
  • SOCI 290 Islam and the West

For study away, we strongly recommend a semester in the modern Middle East or Greece.  Classics majors have studied in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Greece, Israel and other countries.

You might also consider a concentration in Middle Eastern Studies and Islamic Civilization.” 

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