Ancient History, BA

The major in Ancient History coordinates a curriculum encompassing the whole of the ancient history of the Near East and the Mediterranean Basin.

The minimum total course units for graduation in this major is 32. Double majors may entail more course units.

For information about the General Education requirements, please visit the College of Arts & Sciences Curriculum page.

College General Education Requirements and Free Electives
Foundational Approaches + Sectors1 + Free Electives20
Major Requirements
Cluster 1: Core Classes
Select two of the following:2
Introduction to the Ancient Near East
Ancient Greece
Ancient Rome
Cluster 2: Graeco-Roman World
Select 4 course units with a minimum of 2 course units at the 2000-level or above4
Cluster 3: Area Groupings
Select a minimum of 4 course units in one group and at least 2 course units at the 2000-level or above6
Group A: Graeco-Roman Culture in a Broader Context
Group B: Languages of Ancient Mediterranean World
Group C: Comparative Studies of Premodern Cultures
Equity Requirement
1 course related to equity. May also count in clusters 1, 2, or 3
Total Course Units32

You may count no more than one course toward both a Major and a Sector requirement. For Exceptions, check the Policy Statement.


Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.00 in the major and major related courses.

ANCH 4998Senior Research Paper (Honors Thesis)1


The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.