Ancient Civilization, BA

This is the first version of the 2024–25 General Catalog. Please check back regularly for changes. The final edition and the historical PDF will be published during the fall semester.

The Bachelor of Arts in ancient civilization is a flexible program that allows students to study ancient Greece, Rome, the Near East, and Egypt from 3000 B.C.E. to 800 C.E. Ancient civilization majors work primarily in the English language, with their studies distributed among the areas of literature, history, religion, philosophy, art, and archaeology.

Learning Outcomes

Students are expected to demonstrate:

  • knowledge of major literary works and written sources from the ancient Mediterranean world (either in translation or their original language);
  • familiarity with the physical world (both public and private) in which ancient Mediterranean people lived through the study of their art and archaeology;
  • appreciation of the religious and ethical mindset of ancient peoples through a broad understanding of mythology, religion, and philosophy; and
  • understanding of the impact that the political, intellectual, and social environments of the people from the ancient Mediterranean have on modern cultures.