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The interdepartmental undergraduate minor in Ancient and Medieval Civilizations (AMC), administered by the History Department, encourages students to study the interrelations among the contiguous civilizations of Eurasia and North Africa, and to appreciate how this exchange facilitated material and intellectual development from ancient times through the Middle Ages. These civilizations are approached through courses in history, language and literature, archaeology and art, religion and myth, and law and philosophy. The geographic and temporal scope of the program includes (but is not limited to) Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, the Middle East, Ancient Greece, Rome, Ancient North Africa, Ancient Central and East Asia, and Medieval Europe, North Africa, and Asia. The AMC program provides an excellent general education in the humanities, as well as a foundation for careers in teaching, research, law, and business.
The minor in AMC includes courses in Ancient and Medieval Civilization 060, Greek 490, and Latin 580, as well as courses in Arabic 074, Art 082, Chinese 165, English 350, History 510, Middle Eastern Studies 685 and Philosophy 730. Students considering the AMC minor are encouraged to visit the program director to discuss their interests.
Director: Gary D. Farney
For the minor in AMC, students must take 18 credits, at least 6 of which must be from History and Civilization courses listed above and at least 6 of which must be from one of the approved languages listed under Language above; the other 6 credits can be a mixture of these two categories according to the student’s interests.
Students are also encouraged to consider Study Abroad options for credit that can be applied to the AMC Program. Among these are the Rutgers University Archaeological Field School to Italy; the AMC Program will accept all 6 credits for this field school (http://fieldschool.rutgers.edu). Students should consult the AMC director about this and other opportunities.
A grade of C or higher is required for AMC courses credited toward the minor. Courses not listed below that may seem applicable to AMC (e.g., a course at NJIT or Rutgers-New Brunswick, or the occasional course offered at Rutgers-Newark) may be applied toward the major or minor with the approval of the program director.
21:060:335 Law in the Ancient Near East
21:082:210 Introduction to Architectural History I: Prehistory to 1800
21:082:310 Ancient Art
21:190:101 Word Power
21:350:341 Mythology in Literature
21:350:353,354 Bible as Literature I, II
21:510:257 Greco-Roman Myth and Pagan Religion
21:510:263 History of Africa (first semester only)
21:510:286 The Ancient Near East
21:510:287 History of Islamic Civilization (first semester only)
21:510:297 Far Eastern History (first semester only)
21:510:319 Ancient Greek History
21:510:255 Ancient Greek Civilization
21:510:256 Roman Civilization
21:510:305 Ancient Sport: Olympians to Gladiators
21:510:306 The Greek and Roman Cities
21:510:307 South Asia up to 1750
21:510:320 Roman History
21:510:327,328 Civilization of the Middle Ages I,II
21:510:405,407 Topics in Ancient History I-II
21:510:406 Topics in Medieval Civilization
21:510:409 Alexander the Great
21:510:410 Greek History Through Dramatic Writings
21:730:206 Greek Philosophy