Ancient Studies, Minor

Liberal Arts (Code 310-401)

Advisor: M. Waters (Languages).

The minor in Ancient Studies touches upon almost every field of human inquiry: language, literature, history, politics, religion, medicine, and science, to note only a few of the broader disciplines. Students taking courses to fulfill this minor will pursue the following specific goals:

  1. to enhance their appreciation and understanding of ancient languages, cultures, and their own heritage;
  2. to develop students’ critical thinking abilities via language acquisition (study of grammar, translation, and interpretation), text analysis, historical perspective, and study of the influence of ancient civilizations upon subsequent periods;
  3. to pursue an option within the undergraduate experience which allows one to explore in a systematic way the fundamental building blocks and materials of a liberal education and, thereby, highlight UW-Eau Claire’s goals as a liberal arts institution;
  4. to develop an interdisciplinary approach to these fields of study and to discover, by study of their origins, an apprehension of the underlying reasons and methods of discourse and institutions of the western world;
  5. to see ourselves in perspective, to become more enlightened citizens, and to think more deeply about the human condition and important issues in our lives—based on the bedrock of the earliest approaches, which impacted all subsequent ones, to such questions.
The minor consists of 24 credits of core and elective course work, including foreign language competency at the 102 level.
Core Requirements
Select one of the following:8
Beginning Latin
and Beginning Latin
Beginning Classical Greek
and Beginning Classical Greek
Elective Courses
Select sixteen credits from the following list with at least two courses from each category below and a minimum of nine credits at the 300 or 400 level.16
Total Credits24
Category A
ANTH 169Introduction to Archaeology3
ARTH 111Global Art History to 14003
ARTH 315Ancient Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Art3
ARTH/AIS 335Ancient Art and Architecture of Mexico and Central America3
FLTR 250Classical Mythology3
PHIL 235Ancient Philosophy3
RELS 230Old Testament/Hebrew Bible3
RELS 240New Testament3
RELS 303Early Christianity3
Category B
FLTR 360Readings in Ancient Literature3
HIST 280History Travel Seminar 11-6
HIST 302Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations3
HIST 304Greek Civilization3
HIST 306Roman Civilization3
HIST 308Ancient Historiography3
POLS 309Classical Political Thought3
Up to three credits of Directed Studies or Independent Study for projects focusing on ancient studies may be applied to either category of the minor, with approval from the minor advisor.

Destination and format of course, as applicable to this minor, are subject to approval of the minor advisor.

Program Learning Outcomes 

Students completing this program will be expected to meet the following learning outcomes:

  • analyze diverse experiences of, or viewpoints from, past events or historical developments.
  • recognize continuity and change over time and describe their consequences.
  • construct argumentation that explains how the culture and traditions of ancient civilizations can inform the present.
  • evaluate credibility, position, or perspective from various types of sources: text, image, and form.
  • compare and connect regional and global civilizations, past to present.
  • connect and integrate study of ancient civilizations with other disciplines.