The School of Humanities
This interdisciplinary major in the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome, Judaism, early Christianity, and early Islam, as well as their antecedents, explores these traditions both for their intrinsic interest and for the contributions each has made to contemporary Western society. Our combined focus on ancient cultural history in its broadest sense and on perspectives offered by cultural criticism enables students to examine the beginnings of the civilization in which they now participate.
Courses for this major address common questions about the transmission and transformation of cultures in the ancient Mediterranean world. Students examine sources, such as texts, artifacts, and institutions, that illuminate the process. They study how shifting cultural centers and frontiers in this world are delineated, and they explore the general integration and disintegration of specific ancient cultures. This major also offers opportunities for archaeological fieldwork and study abroad.
Rice is a sponsor of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, the American School of Oriental Research, the American Research Center in Sofia, and the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome. Students majoring in Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations are encouraged to study in these programs as well as in the College Year in Athens program.
Upon completing the BA Degree, a student majoring in Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations will be able to:
For general university requirements, see Graduation Requirements. Students pursuing the BA degree with a major in Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations (AMCI) must complete:
Although not required, courses in ancient languages are recommended.
CORE REQUIREMENTSStudents must complete a total of 3 courses (9 credit hours) from 3 of the 5 following categories to satisfy the Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations major's Core Requirements (see below, under Electives, for course lists):
In addition to the 3 courses selected above, students must complete 1 course (3 credit hours) from each of the following categories to satisfy the Ancient Mediterranean Civilization major's Core Requirements (see below, under Electives, for course lists).
ELECTIVESTo fulfill the remaining Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations major requirements, students must complete a total of 5 additional courses (15 credit hours) from the lists of course offerings below.
Archeological Methods and Theory
Themes Across TimeCourses in this requirement address the creation, transmission, and reception of traditions in the Mediterranean world.
Comparative StudiesStudents also must fulfill a comparative requirement by taking either one course that, in and of itself, treats two different cultural traditions (designated “Comparative”) or two separate courses on similar themes but from different cultures (e.g. Women in Greece & Rome).
*NOTE: Internally, the university uses the following abbreviations (4-digit codes) to identify the Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations undergraduate degree and major. The following is a quick reference:
Course Catalog/Schedule - Course offerings/subject code: Courses from various subjects apply toward the major. Department Description and Code - Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations: AMCIDegree Description and Code - Bachelor of Arts degree: BAMajor Description and Code - Major in Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations: AMCI
Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations does not offer an academic program at the graduate level.
The official course offerings, including course descriptions, that are listed in the Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations Undergraduate Requirements section can be found in Rice's Course Catalog.
To view the most recent course schedule for the 2016-2017 academic year, see Rice's Course Schedule.
For additional information regarding Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations, see the department's website: https://amc.rice.edu/.