Ancient Mediterranean Studies

Ancient Mediterranean Studies


Courses in Ancient Mediterranean Studies cover every aspect of life in ancient Greece and Rome, as well as other civilizations in the ancient and medieval Mediterranean and Near East. Students completing the AMS major will be well prepared for a variety of careers and for further study in graduate or other professional schools. An AMS degree allows you to major (or minor) in classical archaeology, classical literature, and/or the traditional classical languages. 

We offer the following opportunities for study:  

Ancient Mediterranean Studies (AMS): These courses are taught in English and include courses formerly designated Classical Humanities and Art History and Archaeology. Topics include ancient literature, history, philosophy, religion, and mythology, as well as Greek and Roman art and archaeology, methods of archaeology, and other aspects of the material culture of the ancient world.  

Latin: These courses teach you to read the language of the ancient Romans. Here you'll encounter authors like Virgil, Cicero, Caesar, and Augustine in their original language. For more information, click here.

Greek: These courses teach you to read the language of the ancient Greeks. Here you'll encounter authors like Homer, Herodotus, Sophocles, and Sappho in their original language. For more information, click here.

Courses in our program satisfy a wide range of requirements. Here are a few of the ways AMS can help you towards graduation: 

  • Foreign Language: All Greek and Latin courses count towards the Foreign Language Requirement. To satisfy the requirement, complete Greek or Latin 1100, 1200. and 2000.

  • Humanities and Fine Arts: All AMS courses satisfy the Humanities and Fine Arts distribution requirement: you need 12 hours in this area to graduate.  

  • Writing Intensive and Diversity Intensive: We offer Writing Intensive courses every semester, and are introducing Diversity Intensive courses on a regular basis. 

  • Honors College: Many AMS courses, and most of Greek and Latin courses, can be taken for Honors credit.  

  • Online: We teach online courses every semester (including the summer).