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 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 (from the Core Requirements 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 below.3-4
Comparative Studies 2
Select 1 course from the Comparative Studies course list below. 3-4
Elective Requirements
Select 5 additional courses from any of the course lists below.15
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 

Core Requirements  

Select 3 courses from 3 the following 5 categories:
Graeco-Roman Civilization
SEX, SELF, AND SOCIETY IN ANCIENT GREECE
EARLY CIVILIZATIONS
FRESHMAN SEMINAR: SOCRATES: THE MAN AND HIS PHILOSOPHY
GREEK CIVILIZATION AND ITS LEGACY
ROMAN CIVILIZATION AND ITS LEGACY
WOMEN IN GREECE AND ROME
CLASSICAL MYTHOLOGY: INTERPRETATION, ORIGINS, AND INFLUENCE
DEMOCRACY AND POLITICAL THEORY IN ANCIENT GREECE
THE INVENTION OF PAGANISM IN THE ROMAN EMPIRE
INTRO TO INDO-EUROPEAN
ELEMENTARY GREEK I
ELEMENTARY GREEK II
INTERMEDIATE GREEK I: PROSE
INTERMEDIATE GREEK: EURIPIDES MEDEA/BIBLICAL KOINE
EIGHTEENTH CENTURY EUROPEAN ART
ANCIENT EMPIRES: ORIGINS OF WESTERN CIVILIZATIONS
IMPERIAL ROME FROM CAESAR TO DIOCLETIAN
THE WORLD OF LATE ANTIQUITY
JEWS AND CHRISTIANS IN MEDIEVAL EUROPE
HUMANITARIANISM FROM THE 19TH CENTURY TO THE PRESENT
ELEMENTARY LATIN I
ELEMENTARY LATIN II
INTERMEDIATE LATIN I: PROSE
INTERMEDIATE LATIN II
ADVANCED LATIN
ADVANCED LATIN: PLAUTUS AND TERENCE
CICERO AND CATULLUS: LITERATURE AND SOCIETY IN THE ROMAN REPUBLIC
Islamic Civilization
THE LIFE OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD
CULTURAL TRENDS IN MEDIEVAL ISLAM, 750-1400
QUR'AN AND COMMENTARY
ISLAM'S MYSTICAL AND ESOTERIC TRADITION
Jewish Civilization
GOD, TIME AND HISTORY
INTRODUCTION TO JEWISH MYSTICISM
INTRODUCTION TO JUDAISM
THE BIBLE AND ITS INTERPRETERS
INTRODUCTION TO BIBLICAL HEBREW I
INTRODUCTION TO BIBLICAL HEBREW II
INTERMEDIATE BIBLICAL HEBREW III
INTERMEDIATE BIBLICAL HEBREW IV
JUDAISM OF JESUS AND HILLEL
LOST JUDAISMS: THE APOCRYPHAL WRITINGS
THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS
Christian Civilization
INTRODUCTION TO MEDIEVAL CHRISTIAN THOUGHT
THE BIBLE AND ITS INTERPRETERS
INTRODUCTION TO BIBLICAL HEBREW I
INTRODUCTION TO BIBLICAL HEBREW II
INTERMEDIATE BIBLICAL HEBREW III
INTERMEDIATE BIBLICAL HEBREW IV
THE BOOK OF GENESIS
MEDIEVAL POPULAR CHRISTIANITY
INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIANITY
JESUS AND THE GOSPELS
BASIC COPTIC 1
BASIC COPTIC 2
BASIC COPTIC 3
PAUL AND THE NEW TESTAMENT
THE MESSIAH
THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS
EARLY CHRISTIAN CONTROVERSIES
HISTORY OF WESTERN CHRISTIANITY: REFORMATION TO THE PRESENT
Archaeological Methods and Theory
HUMAN ANTIQUITY: AN INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY AND PREHISTORY
INTRODUCTION TO ARCHAEOLOGY
AFRICAN PREHISTORY
THE POLITICS OF THE PAST: ARCHAEOLOGY IN SOCIAL CONTEXT
ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD TECHNIQUES
EARLY CIVILIZATIONS
ADVANCED TOPICS IN ARCHAEOLOGY
ADVANCED ARCHAEOLOGICAL THEORY

Themes Across Time

Themes Across Time
Select 1 course from the following:3-4
EARLY CIVILIZATIONS
THE HERO AND HIS COMPANION FROM GILGAMESH TO SAM SPADE
INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY OF WESTERN ART I: ANTIQUITY TO GOTHIC
ANCIENT EMPIRES: ORIGINS OF WESTERN CIVILIZATIONS
THE WORLD OF LATE ANTIQUITY
GOD, TIME AND HISTORY
HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY I
ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL PHILOSOPHY
SOCIAL AND POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY
HISTORY OF SOCIAL AND POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY
INTRODUCTION TO JEWISH MYSTICISM
GENDER AND ISLAM
HISTORY OF WESTERN CHRISTIANITY: REFORMATION TO THE PRESENT

Comparative Studies 

Comparative Studies
Select 1 course from the following:3-4
WOMEN IN GREECE AND ROME
INTRO TO INDO-EUROPEAN
JEWS AND CHRISTIANS IN MEDIEVAL EUROPE
ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL PHILOSOPHY
COMPARING CHRISTIANITIES
THE PROPHET JEREMIAH: THE BIBLICAL BOOK AND ITS RECEPTION IN JUDAISM AND CHRISTIANITY
CHRISTIANITY AND ISLAM IN AFRICA
PILGRIMAGE AND CRUSADE
JERUSALEM: HOLY CITY IN TIME AND IMAGINATION
MAIMONIDES "GUIDE FOR THE PERPLEXED"

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: http://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.

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.

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