The ancient studies minor allows students from different departments at Ball State to learn about and appreciate the many achievements of ancient civilizations (primarily Greece and Rome), which continue to fascinate and influence the life of people today.
Courses required for the ancient studies minor are offered by the Departments of Anthropology, History, Modern Languages and Classics, and Philosophy and Religious Studies, so that students have a chance to appreciate the history, culture, daily life, learning, and numerous other aspects of ancient Greek and Roman civilizations.
The knowledge about the ancient world is necessary for anyone, but—in practical terms—this knowledge is also a welcome prerequisite if you wish to study and teach world history, various aspects of the world civilization, world archaeology and anthropology, museum studies, the history of philosophy, and a whole range of issues in such fields as education and cultural studies.
If you want to enhance your appreciation of world history and culture, aspire to go to a graduate school, or/and plan to teach world history and civilization, you will find the ancient studies minors beneficial.
When you want to see the countries you have been learning about in person, you can take advantage of the field studies and study abroad opportunities we offer. Students have spent a semester abroad in Europe and other locations around the world.
Many minors take the opportunity to see to get an up close and personal look at history. Our students have spent a semester or more at the London Centre, where we have classes. Some have taken trips to Italy, Greece, and Turkey to study various subjects, visiting historical sites and museums, and to participate in archaeological digs. We also offer summer field study trips to historical sites in the United States. Contact the Rinker Center for International Programs to find out more about studying abroad.
Also, if you want to find like-minded individuals, we encourage you to think about joining Eta Sigma Phi, which is a student organization for people interested in the classics.
Student groups like Eta Sigma Phi are a great way to make friends, hear professional speakers, and mingle with professors outside of the classroom. Eta Sigma Phi is an organization made up of students who each share the joy of learning about Latin and Greek studies. We welcome students from all majors to join for food, fellowship, and the exchange of thoughts. These are opportunities that will further enhance what you are learning about ancient studies in the classroom.
Take a look at the core courses. Please be sure to check with the relevant departments as to when these courses will be scheduled. Not every course is offered in every semester; for example, PHIL 300 is only offered in odd-years during the fall semester. It is important that you plan accordingly in order to complete your minor on time.
The 2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog (page 44) can provide you with the specific requirements and options for a major in history.
Department of Anthropology, Professor Ronald Hicks
Department of History, Professor Sviatoslav Dmitriev (Director, Ancient Studies Program)
Department of Modern Languages and Classics, Professor Chris Shea
Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Professor Juli Thorson
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