Academic Programs Catalog

College of Arts and Letters

Department of Romance and Classical Studies

Undergraduate Programs
Minor in Classical and Ancient Mediterranean Studies

The Minor in Classical and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, administered by the Department of Romance and Classical Studies, provides a general foundation for the range of subspecialties that together inform us about the classical past and its impact on contemporary society. Students gain an appreciation for diverse ways in which the classical and ancient Mediterranean world continues to influence our lives today and are given the opportunity to focus on a specific aspect of the classical past.

The minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University. With the approval of the department and college that administer the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Students who plan to complete the requirements of the minor should consult the undergraduate adviser in the Department of Romance and Classical Studies.

Requirements for the Minor in Classical and Ancient Mediterranean Studies

Complete a minimum of 18 credits from the following. At least one course must be at the 300- or 400-level. 

1.   One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
CLA 190 Introduction to Classics 3
CLA 140 Greek and Roman Mythology 3
HST 205A The Ancient Mediterranean from 3000 BCE to 400 CE 4
IAH 221A Great Ages: The Ancient World (I) 4
IAH 221A requires approval of the minor advisor to ensure Classics and Ancient Mediterranean-related content. Other related courses may count toward the minor with approval of the advisor. 
2. Complete at least one course in each of three of the following core subject areas:
Latin
LTN 101 Elementary Latin I 4
LTN 102 Elementary Latin II 4
LTN 206 Nepos and Latin Prose 3
LTN 208 Catullus and Lucretius 3
LTN 305 Third-year Latin: Major Authors I 3
LTN 405 Fourth-year Latin: Major Authors II 3
Greek
GRK 101 Elementary Classical Greek I 4
GRK 102 Elementary Classical Greek II 4
GRK 105 Intensive Elementary Greek 6
GRK 205 Second-Year Classical Greek: Major Authors 4
GRK 305 Third-Year Classical Greek: Major Texts 4
The 100-level Latin or Greek courses used to fulfill a college or major language requirement cannot also be counted towards the minor. The courses can, however, be counted toward the minor if the language requirement is otherwise satisfied.
History/Art History
HA 209 Ancient Art 3
HST 330 Ancient Greek History to 200 CE 3
HST 331 Ancient Roman History 200 BCE to 500 CE 3
HST 481 Seminar in Ancient History (W) 3
HST 419 Studies in Ancient History  3
Classical Texts in Translation
CLA 160 Myth Legend and J.R.R. Tolkien  3
CLA 201 The Greek and Roman World in Film 3
CLA 309 Greek Civilization  3
CLA 310 Roman Civilization  3
CLA  333 Roman Law (W) 3
CLA 360 Ancient Novel in English Translation (W)  3
ENG  265 Classical Myths and Literature  3
ENG  324 Readings in Epic  3
IAH  231B Themes and Issues: Moral Issues and the Arts and Humanities (D)  4
IAH 231B requires approval of the minor advisor to ensure Classics and  Ancient Mediterranean-related content. Other related courses may count toward the minor with approval of the advisor.
Archaeology/Anthropology
ANP  203 Introduction to Archaeology  3
ANP  264 Great Discoveries in Archaeology  3
ANP  363 Rise of Civilizations  3
ANP  451 European Archaeology  3
ANP  455 Archaeology of Ancient Egypt  3
HA  401 Greek Art and Archaeology  4
HA  402 Roman Art and Archaeology  4
Philosophy/Religious Studies/Political Thought
MC  270 Classical Republicanism  4
PHL  210 Ancient Greek Philosophy  3
PHL  410 Socrates and Plato Seminar  4
PHL  411 Aristotle Seminar  4
PLS  371 Classical Political Philosophy  3
REL  150 Introduction to Biblical Literature  3
REL  420 Birth of Christianity (W) 3