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Concentration Requirements

(undergraduate major)

 

The Program in Early Cultures allows the comparative study of the history, literatures, and religions of Mediterranean and South, East and West Asian antiquity (Rome, Greece, North Africa, Egypt, Anatolia, Mesopotamia, Israel, Iran, Arabia, India, China). Faculty from a variety of academic units (Anthropology, Classics, Comparative Literature, Egyptology and Assyriology, History, History of Art and Architecture, Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Judaic Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies) offer courses relevant to Early Cultures. Concentration programs are formulated individually by each concentrator in consultation with the concentrration advisor to focus on the study of two ancient cultures or to pursue a topic in several ancient civilizations. Examples of possible topics of research in this concentration include the following: cultural contacts between Greece and Egypt/West Asia; animal sacrifice in Greece and Israel; comparative legal studies: Israel, Hatti, and Mesopotamia; gender roles in Rome and Egypt; and Wisdom literature in Egypt, Israel, and Mesopotamia; the historiography of the exact sciences in India and Greece.

 

The Concentration Patterns

1. Ancient History (standard and honors)
2. Ancient Religions (standard and honors)
3. Languages and Literatures of Greece, Rome, North Africa, pre-Islamic West and South Asia (honors only)

 

Concentration Requirements

Standard Requirements

Each non-honors concentrator will choose to focus on either ancient history or ancient religions and will complete the Seminar for Concentrators (ANCT1000, usually twice) and eight other courses, four in each of two civilizations, or eight in a variety of civilizations.

 

Honors Requirements

1. Ancient History or Ancient Religions (total of up to 12 courses)
a. Seminar for Concentrators (ANCT1000) in both the junior and senior years
b. Two courses on the history or religions of two civilizations (four courses)
c. Two courses in one ancient language
d. Two related courses
e. The honors thesis (one or two courses)

2A. Languages and Literatures of Greece, Rome, North Africa, pre-Islamic West and South Asia (total of up to 12 courses)
a.The Concentrators' Seminar (two courses)
b. Two 1000-level courses requiring knowledge of Greek or Latin; and two courses requiring knowledge of Akkadian, Aramaic, Egyptian, Hebrew, Phoenician, or Sanskrit (four courses: two of each of two languages)
c. Two courses in the literature or culture associated with each of the two languages (for one of these languages, the two courses must be at the advanced level)
d. The honors thesis (one or two courses)

2B. Languages and Literatures of North Africa and pre-Islamic West and South Asia (total of up to 12 courses)
a. The Concentrators' Seminar (two courses)
b. Two courses requiring knowledge of two different North African, West or South Asian languages: Akkadian, Aramaic, Egyptian, Hebrew, Phoenician,Sanskrit, or Chinese. For one of these languages, the two courses must be at the advanced level (four courses: two of each of two languages)
c. Two courses in the literature or culture associated with each of the two languages (four courses: two each for two languages).
d. The honors thesis (one or two courses)