Ancient Worlds


Theme Description: This theme explores a diverse range of prehistoric, ancient, and pre-modern peoples, the history and culture of such societies, and the methods and evidence used to study them.

Theme Coordinator: TBA 



HIS 2312. Introduction to the Ancient Mediterranean World (3).F.Even-numbered years.
A survey of the Ancient Mediterranean, including Greece, the Hellenistic World, and Rome. Topics covered will include ancient art, philosophy, religion, and literature. (MULTI-CULTURAL) (CORE: SOCIAL SCIENCES)

ART 2030. Art from Prehistory to 1400 (3). F;S
A global survey of art history focusing on the early visual artistic traditions of Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas from the dawn of art to 1400. The course examines visual art and art making in religious, social, cultural, and political contexts. Lecture three hours. (MULTI-CULTURAL) (CORE: HUMANITIES)

REL 2010. Biblical Literature: The Hebrew Scriptures (3). F;S
An analysis of Old Testament literature as the product of the life of the Hebrew people, students will have the opportunity to examine selected documents in terms of their literary structure, historical context, and religious perspective. (WRITING; MULTI-CULTURAL) (CORE: HUMANITIES/LITERATURE)

ANT 1420. Archaeology and the Human Past (3). F;S
An introduction to the human past through the scientific process of archaeology. Controversial issues discussed may include human evolution, the fate of the Neandertals, peopling of the Americas, and the cycling of state level societies. Ultimately, lessons from the past are considered in light of contemporary human issues. (CORE: SOCIAL SCIENCES)


How These Courses Integrate into Theme:

Students in each course will explore these six questions: (1) What are the limitations to our knowledge of the ancient world? (2) How do we study ancient worlds? (3) What does "discovery" mean? (4) What does "history" mean within difference disciplines? (5) How do we study history? (6) How can skills used to analyze the ancient world be applied to a modern context?