Ancient History Minor and Major

The Minor in Ancient History

The minor in Ancient History focuses on the content and methods of historical study, and may include a focus on other ancient mediterranean and global cultures, not just Greece and Rome.

The minor consists of six courses, configured as follows:

  • required core introductory course: ANCH 025 Ancient Middle Eastern History and Civilization, ANCH 026 Ancient Greece, or ANCH 027 Ancient Rome
  • Any 5 other courses in Ancient History (ANCH), Classical Studies (CLST), Greek (GREK), Latin (LATN), or other departments focusing on ancient studies, as approved by the Undergraduate Chair in Classical Studies.

Students who have taken introductory and intermediate courses in Latin and/or Greek (i.e., at the 100- and 200-level) may use some of these courses toward the minor with the approval of the Undergraduate Chair; but in such cases it may be preferable to take the Minor in Classical Studies.

Students interested in declaring a minor should meet with the Undergraduate Chair as early as possible to plan their coursework. See also here on planning your courses.

See also the Minor in Classical Studies.

The Major in Ancient History

This major demonstrates that the student has engaged in a sustained study of premodern cultures and has become competent in multiple methods of historical inquiry. Although it begins from a basis in the Graeco-Roman world, this major encourages students to examine the cultures and civilizations of the Mediterranean world more broadly, including those of the Near and Middle East, drawing upon the curricular offerings of multiple academic departments and exploring rich terrain for intercultural comparison.

The major in Ancient History consists of 12 courses, configured as follows:

Cluster 1 (Core Introductory Courses)

Any 2 of the following: ANCH 025 Ancient Middle Eastern History and Civilization, ANCH 026 Ancient Greece, ANCH 027 Ancient Rome.

Cluster 2 (History of the Graeco-Roman World) 

Any 4 courses in Ancient History (ANCH) or Classical Studies (CLST) with a focus on the history of the Greco-Roman world, of which 2 must be at the 200-level or above.

Cluster 3 (Area Groupings)

 Any 6 courses in Ancient History (ANCH), Classical Studies (CLST), Greek (GREK), or Latin (LATN), of which 4 must demonstrate an emphasis in one of the area groupings listed below; of these 4 courses, 2 must be at the 200-level or above.

A. Graeco-Roman Culture in a Broader Context

B. Languages of the Ancient Mediterranean World

C. Comparative Studies of Premodern Cultures

Honors Option

ANCH 399 Independent Study (fall), which can be counted toward Cluster 3; and ANCH 398 Honors Thesis (spring), which cannot be counted toward Cluster 3 (i.e. is a 13th course).

See also on Honors Thesis.

See also the Major in Classical Studies.

For further information on the Minor and Major in Ancient History, and on courses, contact Jeremy McInerney or the Undergraduate Chair in Classical Studies.