Major in Ancient Studies

The major in Ancient Studies is explicitly interdisciplinary in outlook.  Students interested in focusing on the ancient Mediterranean or the Ancient Near East will normally take classes in a wide range of departments that focus on language, literature, mythology, material culture, history, religion, art history, philosophy, political theory, law, film, comparative literature, medieval studies, and gender studies.  Each student will develop a concentration in one geographical area or period but will also develop an appreciation for the cultural development of the region as a whole.  Study abroad in Greece, Rome, Egypt, the Middle East, or in European universities with strong programs in their field of interest is encouraged.  Students are also encouraged to explore internship opportunities at the Brooklyn Museum and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

See the list of courses that meet the requirements in Ancient Studies for the current academic year.

Each student, after consultation with the Barnard Chair, chooses an advisor whose field is closely related to her own and with whom she will plan her senior essay.

A total of 36 points are required in the major, including at least four courses in one geographical area or period; courses in at least three departments to ensure proper interdisciplinary training and expertise; the elementary sequence of a relevant ancient language (for students focusing on a culture whose language is not taught on Columbia’s campus this requirement may be waived); the appropriate history course; ANCS V 3995 The Major Seminar, and ANCS V 3998 (senior essay).

Student Learning Objectives in Ancient Studies

  1. Read, analyze, and write about ancient texts persuasively and locate texts in their historical and cultural contexts.
  2. Achieve familiarity with the methodologies and critical approaches and research tools deployed in classical scholarship and in related disciplines studied by each individual student that is demonstrated in the successful completion of a senior research project.
  3. Achieve familiarity with the work of a variety of ancient writers on a range of interdisciplinary topics.
  4. Engage in detail with the methods needed to analyze the range of fragmentary evidence, both written and material, required in an interdisciplinary study of the ancient Mediterranean world.
  5. Demonstrate familiarity with one geographical area or period in the Greek, Latin or related ancient Mediterranean worlds.
  6. Assess differences among and relations between ancient cultures and analyze the use and abuse of evidence about the ancient world by later cultures.

THINKING OF MAJORING IN ANCIENT STUDIES?

Regularly offered classes that count towards Ancient Studies include (but are not limited to) the list below. Be sure to check relevant departments for additional classes.

IN CLASSICS AND ANCIENT STUDIES

CLCV GU4110: GENDER & SEXUALITY IN ANCIENT GREECE
CLCV UN3111: PLATO AND CONFUSCIUS: COMPARATIVE PHILOSOPHIES
CLLT UN3132: CLASSICAL MYTH
CPLS UN3160: TRAGIC BODIES
CLCV UN3059: THE WORLDS OF ALEXANDER THE GREAT
CLCV UN3230: CLASSICS AND FILM
CLCV UN3158: WOMEN IN ANTIQUITY
CLCV UN3244: GLOBAL HISTORIES OF THE BOOK
CLLT GU4115:  TRAGEDY AND PERFORMANCE
CLLT UN3132: COMEDY PAST AND PRESENT
CLLT UN3135: THE ANCIENT NOVEL
CLLT GU4300: THE CLASSICAL TRADITION
CLCV GU4190: PHILOSOPHY IN CLASSICAL ROME
CLCV UN3535: IDENTITY AND SOCIETY IN ANCIENT EGYPT
CLCV UN3101: THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF ANCIENT EGYPT AND NUBIA
CLCV GU4411: EGYPT IN THE CLASSICAL WORLD
CLCV UN3992: ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE SOUTHERN LEVANT

IN HISTORY

HIST UN1004: ANCIENT HISTORY OF EGYPT
HIST UN100?: HISTORY OF ANCIENT MESOPOTAMIA
HIST UN1010: ANCIENT GREEK HISTORY, 800-146 BC
HIST UN2004: THE MEDITERRANEAN WORLD IN THE SECOND CENTURY BC
HIST UN1020:  THE ROMANS AND THEIR EMPIRE

IN ART HISTORY

AHIS GU4155:  ART & ARCHAEOLOGY OF MESOPOTAMIA
AHIS UN2108:  GREEK ART AND ARCHITECTURE
AHIS UN2109: ROMAN ART AND ARCHITECTURE

IN RELIGION

RELI UN3501:  INTRODUCTION TO THE HEBREW BIBLE
RELI UN3340: EARLY CHRISTIANITY

IN PHILOSOPHY

PHIL UN2101: HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY I: PRESOCRATICS TO AUGUSTINE
PHIL UN3121: PLATO
PHIL GR4089: ARISTOTLE

IN ANTHROPOLOGY

ANTH UN1008: RISE OF CIVILIZATION, Prof. Terrence D’Altroy