Ancient Civilization

Q: What courses should be taken during the first year?
Since the Ancient Civilization major requires Classical Greek, or Latin, or Hebrew for at least one semester above the introductory level, most students find it helpful to begin working on the language requirement during their first year. Click here for the course listing page.
Q: What courses should first year students steer clear of?
As is the case throughout the University, Ancient Civilization courses with a 200-level designation are best avoided by first-year students.
Q: If key introductory courses are filled, are there good alternatives?
Since this is a small program, Ancient Civilization faculty have been quite flexible in either accepting additional students or arranging for alternate courses to be counted towards the major.
Q: Is there a preferred sequence of courses students should follow?
Depending on availability, a broadly-based historical survey course in Classical culture, art and archaeology, or Jewish culture should be taken before our specialized courses.
Q: How and when are advisors determined for declared majors?
Generally, it is best for students to approach a faculty member with whom the student has taken two or three courses and whose approach to teaching the student finds congenial. This can occur at any time after the first semester.
Q: What are the guidelines for internships and/or directed readings?
Again, this is quite a small program; therefore, Ancient Civilization faculties are generally quite approachable and accommodating on these issues.
Q: What courses in related departments do your majors usually take?
Ancient Civilization comprises faculty and courses in Art History, Classics, Jewish Studies and Philosophy; majors in Ancient Civilization are often comfortable taking courses not related to the ancient world in any of these departments.
Q: What are the guidelines for students wishing to pursue any related Accelerated Degree Program (fifth year) option?
There is no Master’s program in Ancient Civilization. Majors sometimes enroll in the Fifth Year option to earn Master’s degrees in Education or Management.
Q: What is the preferred mix of courses for someone considering this major (e.g., lecture vs. lab vs. discussion vs. seminar)
Enrollments in Ancient Civilization courses tend to be small; there really are no large lecture courses and no laboratories.
Q: Where should students or faculty go for more information?
Contact the coordinator of the Ancient Civilization program for further information or advice: Professor Paul Burke.