Always striving to meet our goal at Mizzou to be more effective in research and teaching, we in the College of Arts and Science continually seek opportunities to strengthen our programs.
It is with that in mind that I am proud to announce that the faculty of the Departments of Ancient Mediterranean Studies and Religious Studies have voted to merge and create the new Department of Classics, Archaeology, and Religion. I am also delighted to announce that Dr. Dennis Trout has agreed to serve as the Chair beginning on July 1, 2021.
In addition to continuing existing BA degrees in Ancient Mediterranean Studies and Religious Studies, as well as the MA and PhD in Ancient Mediterranean Studies, combining programs means the department can build on its foundation in the critical study of ancient, medieval, and modern cultures.
At a time when the university is moving in a more interdisciplinary direction, the department will have an opportunity to lead the way. The new department's geographical interests are global and represent an attempt to open the field of play and to enhance our ability to study cultures of long-standing influence wherever they occur. The new Department of Classics, Archaeology, and Religion provides a platform for global, ecumenical, and critical study, using multiple methodologies drawn from across the humanities — all the while remaining rooted in the distinctive strengths associated with the disciplines of classics, archaeology, and religious studies.
The college is extremely proud of the legacies of these two programs and are looking forward to seeing how much more they can achieve through this union.
Please join me in thanking the faculty and staff who have worked so carefully to make this reorganization successful. Throughout the college and campus, we are excited about the future of the Department of Classics, Archaeology, and Religion.
Patricia Okker, PhD
Dean, College of Arts and Science
This union of the Departments of Ancient Mediterranean Studies and Religious Studies builds on the existing strengths of these two academic units and offers an exciting opportunity to accelerate the teaching, learning, and research in the study of classics, archaeology, and religion.
Latha Ramchand, PhD
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs