Classics Major: Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations Option B.A.

Classics: Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations Students
Classics Major: Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations Option B.A.

Program Overview

What is the study of ancient Mediterranean civilizations?

In studying the classics, you’ll explore fundamental questions of human life and discover how these have been answered by thinkers, artists and writers from the ancient world. You’ll study topics including ancient Greek and Roman history, language, mythology, politics and culture. The flexibility of the ancient Mediterranean civilizations degree option provides the opportunity to take courses covering neighboring populations in Europe, North Africa and the Near East. The program is well-suited for students wishing to pursue a double major.

Why study ancient Mediterranean civilizations at UNH?

At UNH, you’ll have the opportunity to pursue your own interests and will be encouraged to study course offerings outside the classics department in areas such as archaeology, ancient philosophy, linguistics and English literature. We are part of the consortium of universities that supports the Intercollegiate Center for the Classical Studies in Rome, and our department also manages a popular January-term course in the ancient city, as well as programs in Greece and Budapest.

Potential careers

  • Diplomat
  • Lawyer
  • Museum curator
  • Philosopher
  • Teacher

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Curriculum & Requirements

The Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations (AMC) option balances language study with the opportunity for students to select from a wide range of courses covering many aspects of the Greek and Roman worlds, as well as the neighboring peoples in Europe, North Africa, and the Near East. The flexibility of this option makes it especially attractive for students who wish to double major in another subject. It is generally not suitable, however, for those who wish to pursue related graduate study or a career in teaching Latin. AMC majors can, however, supplement the requirements with additional coursework to keep these options open.

To complete the AMC option of the classics major, a student must complete 10 courses (40 credits), distributed as follows:

Language Proficiency
Demonstrate proficiency by taking at least 8 credits in GREK or LATN at the 503 level or above8
Other Courses
Select at least 32 additional credits in CLAS, GREK, or LATN courses, including: 132
CLAS 405
Introduction to Greek Civilization
or CLAS 406
Introduction to Roman Civilization
At least 8 credits from courses at the 600 level or above
Capstone Experience
Select an approved capstone experience of the following:
Senior thesis
Honors thesis
CLAS capstone course approved by the advisor at the 600 or 700 level
At least 4 credits in 700-level LATN or GREK courses
Approved internship
Approved semester study abroad focused on the classical world
Total Credits40

Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of each individual major program. Bachelor of arts candidates must also satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirement.

Classics majors may use two major-required courses to satisfy two Discovery category requirements.

The required minimum overall GPA in major coursework is 2.0.

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