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Undergraduate

 Students majoring in Classical and Mediterranean Studies must take ten courses, including one foundation course (CLAS 1010). The major is arranged into four tracks. Students must formally declare track 1-3 at the time the major is declared. If a student is interested in pursuing honors, they may declare a track 4 major once admitted to the Honors Program. A score of 4 or 5 on the AP Latin exam earns three hours of credit for Latin 2202, which may be applied toward any of the major tracks. Any course for which a student has earned credit will count for one and only one of the requirements or subrequirements for any of the major tracks or minors.

Track 1: Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

30-34 total credit hours including:

1. One foundation course: CLAS 1010 (3 credit hours);

2. Language/Literature: Five courses from Course List A (15 credit hours, or 19 credit hours if including ARA 1101-1102);

3. Culture: Four courses from Course Lists B-D numbered 2060 or above (12 credit hours).

Latin courses at the 1000-level do not count toward this major track. Students who fulfill their language/literature requirement (no. 2 above) by completing courses in one language must, in consultation with the director of undergraduate studies, earn credit for at least one course in a different cultural tradition (e.g., Greek, Roman, Jewish, Christian, Islamic) or period (e.g., ancient, medieval).

Track 2: Mediterranean Archaeology

30-34 total credit hours including:

1. Two foundation courses: CLAS 1010 and 1020 (6 credit hours);

2. Language/Literature: Two courses from Course List A (6 credit hours, or 10 if including ARA 1101-1102);

3. Method and Theory: One course from Course List E (3 credit hours);

4. Three courses in the history and in the art, architecture, and archaeology of the ancient to medieval Mediterranean world, including one from Course List B, one from Course List C, and one from Course List B or C (9 credit hours);

5. Electives: Two courses from Course Lists A-E or from the following (6 credit hours): ANTHROPOLOGY ANTH 1101, Introduction to Anthropology; 1201, Introduction to Archaeology; 1301, Introduction to Biological Anthropology; 1601, Introduction to Language and Culture; 2211, Archaeology; 2220, Human Landscapes; 2227, Food in the Ancient World; 2370, Death and the Body; 3160, Anthropologies and Archaeologies of Community; 3161, Colonial Encounter in the Americas; 3200, Ancient Cities; 3202, The Collapse of Civilizations.

With the permission of the director of undergraduate studies, students may fulfill the method and theory requirement (3) by completing a program of practical archaeology (e.g. CLAS 3710, 3720, ANTH 3866, participation in an excavation or field survey, an internship in conservation or curation). No more than 15 credit hours of courses numbered below 2050 may count toward this major track.

Track 3: Mediterranean Studies

30 total credit hours including:

1. One foundation course: CLAS 1010 (3 credit hours);

2. Historical basis: Four courses from Course Lists A-D (12 credit hours);

3. Comparative perspectives: Five courses from Course Lists A-F (15 credit hours).

Students may apply up to three semesters of one Mediterranean language toward the historical basis requirement of this major track, including either an ancient to medieval language in Course List A or Catalan, French, Italian, Portuguese, or Spanish. French, Italian, Latin, and Spanish courses at the 1000-level do not count toward the major. No more than 12 credit hours of courses numbered below 2050 may count toward this major track.

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Track 4: Honors Program

The Honors Program in Classical and Mediterranean Studies offers students a more intensive concentration in their main field, based on their mastery of languages required for primary research.

Admission requirements are:

1. Good standing in track 1, 2, or 3 of the major;

2. Completion of junior year;

3. Completion of at least 6 credit hours of work in advanced language courses (numbered GRK 3010, LAT 3010, CHEB 2300 and above) or 3 credit hours of ARA 3301;

4. A Cumulative GPA of 3.3; and a GPA of 3.5 in courses that count toward the major.

Candidates should signal their interest to the director of undergraduate studies by the beginning of the second semester of the junior year. Candidates must submit a thesis proposal for approval by the faculty before they may be admitted to the Honors Program. In addition to maintaining the stated GPA throughout the senior year, Honors students must satisfy the following requirements in order to graduate with Honors:

1. Complete an additional 6 credit hours in advanced Greek or Latin (numbered GRK 3010, LAT 3010, or higher) or an additional 6 credit hours in one or more advanced Semitic languages (CHEB 2300, or higher, ARA 3301; CLAS 3300 and 3301 may count toward this requirement).

2. Complete CLAS 4998 and 4999 for 6 credit hours in addition to the 30-34 credit hours required by the major, culminating in a written thesis that is defended orally. A committee of three faculty members (two of whom must hold sole or joint appointments in the Program in Classical and Mediterranean Studies) will evaluate the thesis.

Minor in Mediterranean Archaeology

Students are required to complete CLAS 1010, 1020, and 12 additional credit hours in courses that count toward Track 2 of the concentration, of which at least nine credit hours must be from courses numbered 2060 or above.

Minor in Mediterranean Studies

Students are required to complete CLAS 1010 and 15 additional credit hours in courses that count toward Track 3 of the concentration, of which at least nine credit hours must be from courses numbered 2060 or above.

Approved List of Courses

 A. ANCIENT TO MEDIEVAL MEDITERRANEAN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES 

GREEK: GRK 1101, Beginning Greek I; 1102, Beginning Greek II; 2201, Intermediate Greek I: Classical and Koiné Greek; 2202, Intermediate Greek II: Homer’s Iliad ; 3010, The Greek Orators (3 credit hours); 3020, The Greek Historians; 3040, Readings in Plato and Aristotle; 3100, The Greek Tragedians; 3110, Greek Lyric Poetry; 3200, Early Christian Writers; 3850, Independent Study; 3890, Special Topics in Greek Literature

 

LATIN:  LAT 1101, Beginning Latin I; 1102, Beginning Latin II; 1103, Intensive Elementary Latin; 2201, Intermediate Latin I; 2202, Intermediate Latin II; 3010, The Writings of Caesar; 3020, Cicero and the Humanistic Tradition; 3030, Latin Letters; 3040, The Roman Historians; 3050, Suetonius; 3060, Tacitus; 3100, Roman Comedy; 3110, Catullus; 3120, Lucretius: De Rerum Natura ; 3130, Vergil:The Aeneid ; 3140, The Lyric Poetry of Horace; 3150, Latin Elegy; 3160, Ovid; 3170, Roman Satire; 3180, Neronian Writers; 3200, Early Christian Writers; 3850, Independent Study; 3890, Special Topics in Latin Literature

 

ARABIC: ARA 1101, Elementary Arabic I; 1102, Elementary Arabic II; 2201, Intermediate Arabic I; 3301, Arabic of the Qur’an and Other Classical Texts; RLST 4593, Advanced Readings in Islamic Tradition

 

HEBREW: CHEB 1101, Beginning Classical Hebrew I; 1102, Beginning Classical Hebrew II; 2200, Intermediate Classical Hebrew; 3010, Historical Hebrew Grammar; 3020, Classical Hebrew Poetry; 3030, West Semitic Inscriptions

 

 

 B. ANCIENT TO MEDIEVAL MEDITERRANEAN HISTORY

 

CLASSICAL AND MEDITERRANEAN STUDIES: CLAS 2100, History of the Ancient Near East 

2110, History of Greece to Alexander the Great; 2120, Greece and the Near East from Alexander to Constantine; 2150, History of the Roman Republic; 2160, History of the Roman Empire; 2180, The Mediterranean World from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages

 

HISTORY: HIST 1190, A History of Islam; 1350, Western Civilization to 1700; 1600, European Economic History 1000-1700; 2220, Medieval and Renaissance Italy, 1000-1700; 2230, Medieval Europe, 1000-1350

 

 

C. ANCIENT TO MEDIEVAL MEDITERRANEAN ART, ARCHITECTURE, AND ARCHAEOLOGY

 

CLASSICAL AND MEDITERRANEAN STUDIES: CLAS 2200, Archaic and Classical Greek Art and Architecture, 1000 to 400 B.C.E.; 2210, Late Classical Greek and Hellenistic Art and Architecture;

 2250, Roman Art and Architecture; 3200, The Greek City; 3210, The Archaeology of Greek Sanctuaries; 3230, Alexander the Great

 

HISTORY OF ART: HART 2180, Islamic Art and Architecture; 2210, Art and Architecture of Ancient Egypt; 2220, Greek Art and Architecture; 2260, The Art of Pagans, Christians, and Jews; 2270, Early Christian and Byzantine Art; 2275, The Cross and the Crescent. Byzantine-Islamic Confluences in Art; 3224, Greek Sculpture; 3226, Greek Vases and Society; 3228, Gender and Sexuality in Greek Art; 3240, Ancient Landscapes

 

 

 D. ANCIENT TO MEDIEVAL MEDITERRANEAN STUDIES

 

CLASSICAL AND MEDITERRANEAN STUDIES: CLAS 1120, Greek Civilization; 1130, The Greek Myths; 1150, Roman Civilization; 3000, Classical Tradition in America; 3030, Death, Disease and Health in the Ancient World; 3100, Women, Sexuality, and Family in Ancient Greece and Rome; 3110, Warfare in the Ancient Mediterranean; 3120, Humor, Ancient to Modern; 3150, Roman Law; 3160, Roman Law and Society; 3190, Augustan Rome; 3310, Culture of the Ancient Near East; 3315, Literature of the Ancient Near East; 3350, History of Ancient and Medieval Christianity; 3360, Early Christian Poetry; 3370, History of Syriac Christianity; 3380, Desert Spirituality in Early Christianity; 3600, Seminar in Digital Humanities; 3710, Maymester in Greece; 3720, Maymester in Rome

 

ENGLISH: ENGL 2318, World Literature, Classical

 

HISTORY: HIST 2150, Muhammad and Early Islam; 2160, Medicine in Islam; 2170, Islam and the Crusades; 2180, Islamic Narratives, Narratives of Islam; 2190, The Late Empire of Islam; 3210, Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Medieval Spain

 

HISTORY OF ART: HART 1100, History of Western Art I; 1101, History of Western Architecture I; 2285, Medieval Art; 2290, Gothic Paris; 2310, Italian Art to 1500; 2325, Great Masters of the Italian Renaissance; 3252, Cities of the Roman East; 3320, Early Renaissance Florence; 3332, Raphael and the Renaissance; 3334, Michelangelo’s Life and Works; 3790, Maymester in Provence

 

JEWISH STUDIES: JS 1200, Classical Judaism: Jews in Antiquity; 1220, Jews in the Medieval World; 2150, Issues in Rabbinic Literature; 3982, Topics in Ancient and Medieval Jewish History

 

PHILOSOPHY: PHIL 2100, Ancient Philosophy; 2101, Hellenistic and Late Ancient Philosophy; 2102, Medieval Philosophy; 3005, Jewish Philosophy; 3006, Islamic Philosophy

 

RELIGIOUS STUDIES: RLST 1500, Introduction to Islam; 4551, Mysticism in Islam

 

 

E. ARCHAEOLOGICAL AND ART-HISTORICAL METHOD AND THEORY

 

ANTHROPOLOGY: ANTH 2603, Comparative Writing Systems; 3261, GeographicInformation Systems and Remote Sensing; 3260, Ceramic Analysis in Archaeology; 3262, Ethics in Anthropology, Archaeology, and Development; 3344, Genetic Anthropology Lab Techniques; 3372, Human Osteology; 3866, Archaeological Excavation; 3901, Problems in Anthropological Theory; 4344, Human Evolutionary Genetics

 

CLASSICAL AND MEDITERRANEAN STUDIES: CLAS 3600, Seminar in Digital Humanities

 

EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE: EES 1030, Oceanography; 1510, The Dynamic Earth: Introduction to Geological Sciences; 2510, Earth Systems through Time

 

HISTORY OF ART: HART 3810, Exhibiting Historical Art

 

 

F. THE MODERN MEDITERRANEAN WORLD

 

HISTORY: HIST 1200, The Arab Spring; 3190, Religion, Culture, and Commerce: The World Perspective

 

HISTORY OF ART: HART 2780, History of Western Urbanism; 2782, Storied Places: History of Landscape Design

 

JEWISH STUDIES: JS 2600, Islam and the Jews

 

RELIGIOUS STUDIES: RLST 4552, Islam in the Modern World

 

For more information:
Daniel P. Solomon
Department of Classical Studies
Vanderbilt University
PMB 0092
230 Appleton Place
Nashville TN 37203-5721

daniel.p.solomon@vanderbilt.edu