Because much of modern society is strongly influenced by the past, a minor in ancient civilization is ideal to combine with any major, especially for students focusing on majors in English/creative writing, religious studies, anthropology, history, political science, journalism and mass communication, and psychology, among others. Ancient civilization minors may work entirely in the English language, with their studies distributed in the areas of literature, history, religion, philosophy, art, and archaeology.
Students are expected to demonstrate:
- knowledge of a variety of literary works and written sources from the ancient Mediterranean world in translation, acquired through coursework in history, culture, mythology, religion, or philosophy;
- familiarity with the physical world (both public and private) in which ancient Mediterranean people lived through the study of their art and archaeology; and
- understanding of the impact that the political, intellectual, and social environments of the people from the ancient Mediterranean have on modern cultures.