The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's ancient studies minor and certificate touches upon almost every field of human inquiry — from language to literature, to history, to politics, religion, medicine, science and more.
Designed to enhance an appreciation and understanding of ancient languages, societies and cultures, the ancient studies program will help you to think more deeply about the human condition and the important issues in our lives. Coursework will strengthen your critical thinking abilities, primarily through language acquisition. Topics of study include grammar, translation, interpretation, text analysis, historical perspective and the influence of ancient civilizations.
Students pursuing a career in health or law — or those simply interested in the evolution of ancient civilizations and their impact — will find minoring in ancient studies is to their advantage. To be awarded the ancient studies minor, students must be competent in a language other than English.
Outside-the-classroom learning. Students studying ancient studies are encouraged to explore the world around them, particularly through study abroad, immersion experiences or other international studies programs. These opportunities often lead to a better understanding of culture, history and heritage.
Challenging, fascinating coursework. A variety of classes will introduce you to the many paths we took to get where we are today. The ability to choose your own electives allows you to personalize your studies and study topics that align with your career goals.
Curriculum throughout the ancient studies minor and certificate will require you to analyze the diverse experiences of — or viewpoints from — past events or historical developments. You will learn how the culture and traditions of ancient civilizations can inform the present while comparing and connecting regional and global civilizations. Assessing evidence from archaeological remains; documents and inscriptions; sculpture, painting, and architecture; theory and literary patterns; and historical developments of these phenomena allows you to recognize continuity and change over time as well as describe their consequences.
What classes do ancient studies minors take?
Your classes may cover topics like:
- Beginning Latin
- Ancient Greek, Etruscan and Roman art
- Classical political thought
- Classical mythology
Learn more about the ancient studies minor in the UWEC course catalog.
Learn more about the ancient studies certificate in the UWEC course catalog.
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