Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree with a Major in Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations

Program Learning Outcomes for the BA Degree with a Major in Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations

Upon completing the BA degree with a major in ­Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations, students will be able to: 

  1. Explain the historical trajectory of at least two of these Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations: Graeco-Roman, Islamic, Jewish, Christian.
  2. Identify and explain how cultural, political, intellectual, religious, and other aspects of Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations have affected aspects of contemporary societies.
  3. Create convincing arguments about one or more aspects of Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations through the evaluation and critical analysis of textual and material evidence.

​Requirements for the BA Degree with a Major in Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations

For general university requirements, see Graduation Requirements. Students pursuing the BA degree with a major in Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations must complete:

  • A minimum of 10 courses (30-32 credit hours depending on course selection) to satisfy major requirements.
  • A minimum of 120 credit hours to satisfy degree requirements.
  • A minimum of 60 credit hours outside of major requirements.
  • A minimum of 5 courses (15 credit hours) at the 300-level or above.  

Although not required, courses in ancient languages are recommended.

The courses listed below satisfy the requirements for this major. In certain instances, courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the major’s academic advisor, or where applicable, the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies. (Course substitutions must be formally applied and entered into Degree Works by the major's Official Certifier.) Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations30-32
Total Credit Hours Required for the BA Degree with a Major in Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations120

Degree Requirements

Core Requirements
Select 3 courses from 3 of the 5 following categories (see course list below)9
Graeco-Roman Civilization
Islamic Civilization
Jewish Civilization
Christian Civilization
Archaeological Methods and Theory
Themes Across Time 1
Select 1 course from the Themes Across Time course list below3-4
Comparative Studies 2
Select 1 course from the Comparative Studies course list below3-4
Elective Requirements
Select 5 elective courses from any of the course lists below15
Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations 30-32
Additional Credit Hours to Complete BA Degree Requirements28-30
University Graduation Requirements *60
Total Credit Hours120

Footnotes and Additional Information 

Course Lists to Satisfy Requirements

Core Requirements  

Select 3 courses from 3 of the following 5 categories:
Graeco-Roman Civilization
ANTH 325 / SWGS 332SEX, SELF, AND SOCIETY IN ANCIENT GREECE3
ANTH 363EARLY CIVILIZATIONS3
CLAS 101 / FSEM 101FRESHMAN SEMINAR: SOCRATES: THE MAN AND HIS PHILOSOPHY3
CLAS 107 / HUMA 107GREEK CIVILIZATION AND ITS LEGACY3
CLAS 108 / HUMA 111ROMAN CIVILIZATION AND ITS LEGACY3
CLAS 235CLASSICAL MYTHOLOGY: INTERPRETATION, ORIGINS, AND INFLUENCE3
CLAS 316 / PLST 316DEMOCRACY AND POLITICAL THEORY IN ANCIENT GREECE3
CLAS 336 / LING 336INTRO TO INDO-EUROPEAN3
GREE 101ELEMENTARY GREEK I3
GREE 102ELEMENTARY GREEK II3
GREE 201INTERMEDIATE GREEK I: PROSE3
GREE 202INTERMEDIATE GREEK: EURIPIDES MEDEA/BIBLICAL KOINE3
HIST 200ANCIENT EMPIRES: ORIGINS OF WESTERN CIVILIZATIONS3
HIST 307IMPERIAL ROME FROM CAESAR TO DIOCLETIAN3
HIST 308 / MDEM 308THE WORLD OF LATE ANTIQUITY3
HIST 357 / MDEM 357JEWS AND CHRISTIANS IN MEDIEVAL EUROPE3
HIST 358HUMANITARIANISM FROM THE 19TH CENTURY TO THE PRESENT3
LATI 101 / MDEM 101ELEMENTARY LATIN I3
LATI 102 / MDEM 102ELEMENTARY LATIN II3
LATI 201 / MDEM 211INTERMEDIATE LATIN I: PROSE3
LATI 202 / MDEM 212INTERMEDIATE LATIN II3
LATI 302ADVANCED LATIN3
LATI 303ADVANCED LATIN: PLAUTUS AND TERENCE3
LATI 313CICERO AND CATULLUS: LITERATURE AND SOCIETY IN THE ROMAN REPUBLIC3
Islamic Civilization
ASIA 221 / RELI 221THE LIFE OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD3
HIST 382CULTURAL TRENDS IN MEDIEVAL ISLAM, 750-14003
RELI 223QUR'AN AND COMMENTARY3
RELI 440ISLAM'S MYSTICAL AND ESOTERIC TRADITION3
Jewish Civilization
HIST 381 / RELI 385GOD, TIME AND HISTORY3
RELI 104 / MDEM 103INTRODUCTION TO JEWISH MYSTICISM3
RELI 108INTRODUCTION TO JUDAISM3
RELI 122THE BIBLE AND ITS INTERPRETERS3
RELI 125 / HEBR 125INTRODUCTION TO BIBLICAL HEBREW I3
RELI 126 / HEBR 126INTRODUCTION TO BIBLICAL HEBREW II3
RELI 127INTERMEDIATE BIBLICAL HEBREW III3
RELI 203 / HIST 201JUDAISM OF JESUS AND HILLEL3
RELI 382LOST JUDAISMS: THE APOCRYPHAL WRITINGS3
RELI 383THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS3
Christian Civilization
RELI 105 / MDEM 105INTRODUCTION TO MEDIEVAL CHRISTIAN THOUGHT3
RELI 122THE BIBLE AND ITS INTERPRETERS3
RELI 125 / HEBR 125INTRODUCTION TO BIBLICAL HEBREW I3
RELI 126 / HEBR 126INTRODUCTION TO BIBLICAL HEBREW II3
RELI 127INTERMEDIATE BIBLICAL HEBREW III3
RELI 243THE BOOK OF GENESIS3
RELI 271 / MDEM 271MEDIEVAL POPULAR CHRISTIANITY3
RELI 282INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIANITY3
RELI 304JESUS AND THE GOSPELS3
RELI 307BASIC COPTIC 13
RELI 308BASIC COPTIC 23
RELI 309BASIC COPTIC 31-3
RELI 365PAUL AND THE NEW TESTAMENT3
RELI 381THE MESSIAH3
RELI 383THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS3
RELI 449EARLY CHRISTIAN CONTROVERSIES3
Archaeological Methods and Theory
ANTH 203INTRODUCTION TO BIOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY3
ANTH 205INTRODUCTION TO ARCHAEOLOGY3
ANTH 312 / MDEM 311AFRICAN PREHISTORY3
ANTH 345THE POLITICS OF THE PAST: ARCHAEOLOGY IN SOCIAL CONTEXT3
ANTH 362ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD TECHNIQUES3
ANTH 363EARLY CIVILIZATIONS3
ANTH 392KINGS, QUEENS, AND COMMONERS: THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF ANCIENT MESOAMERICA3
ANTH 425ADVANCED TOPICS IN ARCHAEOLOGY3
ANTH 460ADVANCED ARCHAEOLOGICAL THEORY3

Themes Across Time

Select 1 course from the following:
ANTH 363EARLY CIVILIZATIONS3
FSEM 151 / HIST 151THE HERO AND HIS COMPANION FROM GILGAMESH TO SAM SPADE3
HART 101 / CLAS 102 / MDEM 111INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY OF WESTERN ART I: ANTIQUITY TO GOTHIC4
HIST 200ANCIENT EMPIRES: ORIGINS OF WESTERN CIVILIZATIONS3
HIST 308 / MDEM 308THE WORLD OF LATE ANTIQUITY3
HIST 381 / RELI 385GOD, TIME AND HISTORY3
PHIL 201 / CLAS 201 / MDEM 201HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY I3
PHIL 301 / CLAS 301 / MDEM 301ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL PHILOSOPHY3
PHIL 307SOCIAL AND POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY3
PHIL 327HISTORY OF SOCIAL AND POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY3
RELI 104 / MDEM 103INTRODUCTION TO JEWISH MYSTICISM3
RELI 315 / ASIA 315 / SWGS 315GENDER AND ISLAM3

Comparative Studies 

Select 1 course from the following:
ANTH 392KINGS, QUEENS, AND COMMONERS: THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF ANCIENT MESOAMERICA3
CLAS 336 / LING 336INTRO TO INDO-EUROPEAN3
HIST 357 / MDEM 357JEWS AND CHRISTIANS IN MEDIEVAL EUROPE3
PHIL 301 / CLAS 301 / MDEM 301ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL PHILOSOPHY3
RELI 112COMPARING CHRISTIANITIES3
RELI 213THE PROPHET JEREMIAH: THE BIBLICAL BOOK AND ITS RECEPTION IN JUDAISM AND CHRISTIANITY3
RELI 348CHRISTIANITY AND ISLAM IN AFRICA3
RELI 384PILGRIMAGE AND CRUSADE3
RELI 392JERUSALEM: HOLY CITY IN TIME AND IMAGINATION3,4
RELI 443MAIMONIDES "GUIDE FOR THE PERPLEXED"3

Policies for the BA Degree with a Major in Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations

Transfer Credit 

For Rice University’s policy regarding transfer credit, see Transfer Credit. Some departments and programs have additional restrictions on transfer credit. The Office of Academic Advising maintains the university’s official list of transfer credit advisors on their website: https://oaa.rice.edu. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s transfer credit advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities. 

Program Transfer Credit Guidelines

Students pursuing the major in Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations should be aware of the following program-specific transfer credit guidelines:

  • Request for transfer credit will be considered by the program director (and/or the program’s official transfer credit advisor) on an individual case-by-case basis.

Additional Information 

For additional information, please see the Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations website: 
https://amc.rice.edu/

Opportunities for the BA Degree with a Major in Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations

Academic Honors

The university recognizes academic excellence achieved over an undergraduate’s academic history at Rice. For information on university honors, please see Latin Honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude) and Distinction in Research and Creative Work. Some departments have department-specific Honors awards or designations.

Additional Information 

For additional information, please see the Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations website: 
https://amc.rice.edu/

See https://humanities.rice.edu/student-life for tables of fellowships, prizes, and internships/practica that may be relevant to this major.