Ancient Mediterranean Studies Minor

Liberal Arts Building 4351
Phone: 410-704-3493
Email: spappalardo@towson.edu

Ancient Mediterranean Studies includes the study of ancient history and languages, including Biblical Hebrew, ancient Greek and Latin. The period covered extends from the Paleolithic to the fall of the Roman Empire in the West in A.D. 476, and the field’s geographical boundaries cover the coasts of the Mediterranean and the civilizations which arose in the Mediterranean hinterlands.

The disciplines concerned with the Ancient Mediterranean have formed the basis of the Western liberal arts for centuries. The Ancient Mediterranean Studies minor incorporates courses drawn from Anthropology, Art History, English, Foreign Languages, Geography, History, Jewish Studies, Philosophy and Religious Studies, offering students an opportunity to specialize in the disciplines of antiquity. The Ancient Mediterranean Studies minor helps students majoring in various fields to focus their interests and gives coherence to their programs.

Trained to integrate the past with the present, students of antiquity are found not only in their traditional havens—universities, museums, archaeological projects, and research centers—but also as valuable team members in such diverse fields as international business, public educational programs, documentary filmmaking, publishing, marketing, mass communications, medicine and the law.

Students in the Baltimore-Washington area have unique opportunities for research and hands-on learning at the Walters Art Museum, the Center for Hellenic Studies, Dumbarton Oaks, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, and the libraries of Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland.

The minor in Ancient Mediterranean Studies consists of 24 units selected from the following:

Required Courses
HIST 101INTRODUCTION TO ANCIENT CIVILIZATION3
or HIST 160 WORLD HISTORY BEFORE 1300
Select one of the following ancient language sequences: 16
LATIN ELEMENTS I
and LATIN ELEMENTS II
ANCIENT GREEK ELEMENTS I
and ANCIENT GREEK ELEMENTS II
BIBLICAL HEBREW I
and BIBLICAL HEBREW II
Electives
Select five of the following with no more than two courses in any one department. Minimum four of the five courses must be upper (300-400) level. 215
Anthropology
CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
PALEOANTHROPOLOGY AND ARCHAEOLOGY
ARCHEOLOGICAL METHODS AND THEORY
Art History
SURVEY OF WESTERN ART I
ORGINS OF WESTERN ART
MYTHS AND LEGENDS IN GREEK ART
IMAGES OF WOMEN IN ANCIENT EGYPTIAN, GREEK, AND ROMAN ART
ART & ARCHITECTURE OF THE CLASSICAL WORLD
English
INTRODUCTION TO CLASSICAL MYTHOLOGY
HISTORY AND LITERATURE OF THE OLD TESTAMENT
MYTH AND LITERATURE
HISTORICAL LINGUISTICS
Greek
ANCIENT GREEK ELEMENTS I
ANCIENT GREEK ELEMENTS II
Hebrew
BIBLICAL HEBREW I
BIBLICAL HEBREW II
BIBLICAL HEBREW III
BIBLICAL HEBREW IV
History
CITIES OF THE ANCIENT WORLD
SEVEN WONDERS OF THE ANCIENT WORLD
HISTORY OF ANCIENT ISRAEL
ANCIENT EGYPTIAN CIVILIZATION
ANCIENT NEAR EASTERN AND ANATOLIAN CIVILIZATIONS
ALEXANDER THE GREAT AND HIS SUCCESSORS
ANCIENT GREEK CIVILIZATION
ROMAN CIVILIZATION
WOMEN IN ANTIQUITY
THE ETRUSCANS: ANATOMY OF A CIVILIZATION
ORIGINS OF WRITING
Latin
LATIN ELEMENTS I
LATIN ELEMENTS II
LATIN INTERMEDIATE I
LATIN INTERMEDIATE II
ADVANCED READINGS IN LATIN I
ADVANCED READ LATN II
Philosophy
ANCIENT GREEK PHILOSOPHY
PLATO AND HIS PREDECESSORS
ARISTOTLE AND HIS SUCCESSORS
PLATO'S ETHICS
Religious Studies
EXPLORING BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO THE HEBREW BIBLE
JUDAISM, CHRISTIANITY AND ISLAM
EXPLORING GENESIS
PROPHETS AND PROPHECY IN ANCIENT ISRAEL
INTRODUCTION TO THE NEW TESTAMENT
Theatre
HISTORY OF THEATRE AND DRAMA I
Total Units24
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The ancient language sequence requirement may be waived for students who achieve sufficient scores on a departmental placement assessment. In such cases, the 6-unit requirement must be fulfilled with coursework selected from the elective course listing. Students may also satisfy the ancient language sequence requirement by completing higher-level ancient language courses in Latin, Greek or Hebrew (per departmental placement). 

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Other appropriate courses not listed may be applied toward the minor with permission of the director.