History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Minor in Ancient Mediterranean Art and Archaeology

"Hands-on experience in the creative arts using a variety of technologies and media"

This interdisciplinary minor is for students with diverse interests in the material culture of the ancient world. Course work combines the study of archaeology, literature, art, history, philosophy, myth, and religion. The scope of the minor is not limited to Greece and Rome but touches on all the ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean and the heirs of late antiquity such as Byzantium and early Islam.

The minor represents foundation work crucial to graduate study in traditional departments of classical, near Eastern, or Mediterranean art and archaeology. Through this minor, students are given credit for acquiring practical linguistic skills and archaeological field experience as well as scholarly background. Students should consult with the director for help in choosing a program of study that will complement their major.

This is an interdisciplinary minor offered by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

For policies governing all minors, see the Undergraduate Policies section of the University Catalog.

Minor Requirements (Catalog Year 2015-2016)

Of the 18 credits required for the minor, least 3 credits must be taken in ARTH and at least 9 credits must be taken outside of ARTH. Eight credits of course work must be unique to the minor.

One course (3 credits) of preparatory work

Students have three options for fulfilling this requirement.

A course in Classical Greek

GREE 150 - Classical Greek I

GREE 160 - Classical Greek II

A course in ancient literature

ARTH 102 - Symbols and Stories in Art

CLAS 250 - Classical Mythology

CLAS 260 - The Legacy of Greece and Rome

RELI 211 - Religions of the West

A course in Latin or a modern research language

This can be fulfilled with a course in any relevant language beyond the language requirement for the BA in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. For information on how to complete this requirement, students should consult with the director of the minor.

Two to three elective courses (6 to 9 credits):

Other courses pertaining to the region and period, including ARTH 399, may be used to fulfill this requirement with the prior written approval of the director.

ANTH 324 - Warfare, Violence, and Sacrifice in Antiquity

ARTH 319 - Art and Archaeology of the Ancient Near East

ARTH 320 - Art of the Islamic World

ARTH 321 - Greek Art and Archaeology

ARTH 322 - Roman Art and Archaeology

ARTH 324 - From Alexander the Great to Cleopatra: The Hellenistic World

ARTH 333 - Early Christian and Byzantine Art

CLAS 340 - Greek and Roman Epic

CLAS 350 - Greek and Roman Tragedy

CLAS 360 - Greek and Roman Comedy

CLAS 370 - Greek and Roman Historians

CLAS 380 - Greek and Roman Novels

CLAS 390 - Topics in Classical Literature and Culture

HIST 301 - Classical Greece

HIST 302 - Classical Rome

HIST 480 - Alexander the Great

PHIL 301 - History of Western Philosophy: Ancient

RELI 352 - Judaism from Exile to Talmud

RELI 381 - Beginnings of Christianity

3 credits of seminar:

ARTH 420 - Advanced Studies in Ancient Art (if topic pertains to region and period)

ARTH 430 - Advanced Studies in Medieval or Islamic Art (if topic pertains to region and period)

3 to 6 credits of a practicum:

ARTH 393 requires the prior written approval of the director. Students can also use archaeological field work done for credit to fulfill this requirement.

ARTH 394 - The Museum

ANTH 322 - Pirates, Conquest, and Death: Archaeology and Globalism since 1500

ARTH 393 - Art History Internships (if content of internship pertains to region and period)

ANTH 325 - Field Techniques in Archaeology

ANTH 420 - Interpretation in Archaeology

ANTH 430 - Research Methods in Archaeology

Total: 18 credits

Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

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