Ancient Mediterranean Studies
400 E. University Street
Wooster, OH 44691
Hours: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The concentration in Ancient Mediterranean Studies is one of two within the major of Classical Studies. Through this concentration, students comparatively study multiple cultures in the Near East and Mediterranean basin, including ancient Mesopotamia, Israel, Egypt, Greece and Rome. Our period of study, from the eighth century BCE through the fourth century CE, allows for a particular focus on Greece and Rome, but the approach to the ancient Mediterranean region is interdisciplinary and intercultural. Students in Ancient Mediterranean Studies will examine the ancient literature, archaeology, history, religion, philosophy, and art produced by the network of ancient cultures that relied upon the Mediterranean Sea.
The primary goal of this concentration is to examine critically the ancient beliefs, values, and traditions that have shaped modern cultures. Students in Ancient Mediterranean Studies will acquire additional cultural literacy, becoming better critical thinkers and more engaged global citizens.
Language Requirement and Courses: The concentration in Ancient Mediterranean Studies requires a minimum of one semester of ancient Greek or Latin at the 200-level or higher. Most students will need to take GREK 101 and 102 or LATN 101 and 102 as well as GREK 200 or LATN 200. Incoming students who have previously studied ancient Greek or Latin will be placed in the appropriate languages courses through the College's foreign language placement exams, which are administered during Summer registration for first year students. Students may satisfy the College's language requirement, and the requirement of introductory ancient Greek or Latin, by testing out of GREK 101 and 102 or LATN 101 and 102. Majors, however, must take a minimum of one upper-divisional language course at The College of Wooster or an equivalent university during a semester abroad. If a student completes a language course below the level recommended by the placement exam, the student will not receive credit toward graduation for that course without prior permission of the Department Chair. The College's advanced placement policy is explained in the section on Admission.
Majors who intend to pursue graduate studies in Classics are strongly urged to complete four years of Ancient Greek and four years of Latin.
S/NC courses are not permitted in the major or minor.
Only grades of C- or better are accepted for the major or minor.