Undergraduate Program

AMS Greek Study Abroad Trip 2019
AMS students at Knossos, Crete on the 2019 Greek Study Abroad Trip led by Prof. John McDonald and Prof. Silvia Sarais 

The Department of Ancient Mediterranean Studies is the home of Classical Studies and Classical Archaeology at Mizzou

AMS: What We Teach

Courses in the Department of Ancient Mediterranean Studies cover every aspect of life in ancient Greece and Rome, as well as other civilizations in the ancient and medieval Mediterranean and Near East. Students completing the AMS major will be well prepared for a variety of careers and for further study in graduate or other professional schools. An AMS degree allows you to major (or minor) in classical archaeology, classical literature, and/or the traditional classical languages.

We offer the following opportunities for study:

Ancient Mediterranean Studies (AMS): These courses are taught in English, and include courses formerly designated Classical Humanities and Art History and Archaeology (AHA). Topics include ancient literature, history, philosophy, religion, and mythology, as well as Greek and Roman art and archaeology, methods of archaeology, and other aspects of the material culture of the ancient world.

Latin: These courses teach you to read the language of the ancient Romans.  Here you'll encounter authors like Vergil, Cicero, Caesar, and Augustine in their original language.

Greek: These courses teach you to read the language of the ancient Greeks.  Here you'll encounter authors like Homer, Herodotus, Sophocles, and Sappho in their original language.

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What Can AMS Do For Me?

Courses in our department satisfy a wide range of requirements. Here are a few of the ways AMS can help you towards graduation:

Foreign Language: All Greek and Latin courses count towards the Foreign Language Requirement. To satisfy the requirement, complete Greek or Latin 1100, 1200. and 2000.

Humanities and Fine Arts: All AMS courses satisfy the Humanities and Fine Arts distribution requirement: you need 12 hours in this area to graduate. 

Writing Intensive and Diversity Intensive: We offer Writing Intensive courses every semester, and are introducing Diversity Intensive courses on a regular basis.

Honors College: Many AMS courses, and most of Greek and Latin courses, can be taken for Honors credit. 

Online: We teach online courses every semester (including the summer).

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Study Abroad

Nothing can replace the experience of actually going to Greece or Italy.  Our department offers a number of ways to go abroad:

Study Abroad in Greece (AMS 4100): You'll spend three weeks traveling around the country with other Mizzou students, and earn 6 hours of 4000-level credit.

Fieldwork School in Gabii (AMS 2940): Learn how to do archaeological field work at Prof. Marcello Mogetta's dig in ancient Gabii, just outside Rome.

Other opportunities: Through our partnerships with other institutions we offer ways to spend a summer, semester, or year studying or doing fieldwork in various locations around the Mediterranean--ask us for more details!

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AMS Career Readiness

An AMS degree helps prepare you for a wide variety of careers:

Medicine and Law: Our majors do better on LSAT and MCAT exams than any other.

Teaching: We offer a secondary school teaching certification program for students who take Latin.

Graduate School: In additional to sending students to the most prestigious graduate programs in Classics and Archaeology, we can help prepare our majors for almost any graduate program. Knowledge of ancient Greek and Latin  will improve you GRE scores!

Museum Studies: Our students often do internships and go on to graduate work in Museum Studies, Public History, and related fields.

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Learning Objectives

In the course of their degree, all AMS majors achieve an integrated knowledge of:

  • The primary political, social, and military events and developments in the ancient Greek and Roman world;
  • The intellectual, cultural, archaeological, and literary touchstones of the ancient Greek and Roman world;
  • How the ancient world has influenced, and continues to influence, later cultures.

Students who study Latin, Greek, or Classical Languages also master:

  • The grammar, syntax, and vocabulary of the Greek and/or Latin languages, for reading and writing;
  • The distinguishing characteristics of the various styles of the poets and prose writers active during various literary periods;
  • The fundamental structural elements common to all languages.

By the time of graduation, all AMS majors are able:

  • To read critically texts and literature about the ancient Greek and Roman world.
  • To analyze and synthesize the relevant literature and design inquiries about it.
  • To conduct undergraduate-level research into the archaeology, literature, and culture of the ancient Greek and Roman world.
  • To write and speak well about the content of Ancient Mediteranean Studies and their own research.
  • To analyze and construct sophisticated arguments and to evaluate the validity and reasonableness of evidence drawn from literature and material culture.
  • To integrate and apply to the contemporary world the histories, philosophies, material culture, stories, and rhetoric of the classical world, and to communicate their abiding importance effectively to both professional and lay audiences.

In addition, all AMS majors have the opportunities to read and translate central Greek and Latin texts, study Greek and Roman archaeology and material culture, and to identify the resources that will help them interpret other texts and cultures.

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Majors

AMS

AMS majors (including Archaeology majors) must have 24 hours of AMS courses

  • 6-9 hours in courses at the 1000-2000 levels
  • 15-18 hours in courses at the 3000-level or above
  • Latin or Greek language courses numbered 4300 or above may be used to replace up to 2 required Classical Humanities courses

Latin

  • Latin 1100, 1200, 2000 (which also may be used to satisfy the foreign language requirement in the College of Arts and Science)
  • Latin 4300 (Latin Poetry)
  • 9 additional hours of upper-level Latin (Latin 4350 or above)
  • 9 hours in Classical Humanities courses at the 2000-level or above

Greek

  • Greek 1100, 1200, 2000 (which also may be used to satisfy the foreign language requirement in the College of Arts and Science)
  • Greek 4300
  • 9 additional hours of upper-level Greek (4350 or above)
  • 9 hours in Classical Humanities courses at the 2000-level or above

Classical Languages

  • Latin OR Greek 1100, 1200, 2000 (which also may be used to satisfy the foreign language requirement in the College of Arts and Science): this is the "primary language"
  • 6 hours in 4000-level courses in the primary language (i.e., 4300 and one more)
  • courses through the 4300 level (i.e., 4 semesters) in the OTHER language (Latin or Greek)
  • 9 hours in Classical Humanities courses at the 2000-level or above
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Double Majors

A double major is a good way of integrating two related areas of interest, AMS and History, for instance. Other students looking forward to a career in medicine or the sciences may use a double major (AMS and Biology, for example) to ensure a coherent background in the humanities to balance their scientific studies. Consult with departmental advisors about the specifics of this useful (and very popular!) arrangement.

Many students wish to pursue a dual major. That is, a major in the Department of Ancient Mediterranean Studies and a major in a college other than Arts and Science (such as Journalism) and this, too, may easily be arranged. Please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies (Prof. David Schenker, schenkerd@missouri.edu) for further information.

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Minors

The department offers minors in

  • AMS: 15 hours in AMS courses, consisting of 3-6 at the 1060 and 2000 level, and 9-12 at the 3000 level and above*
  • Latin: 15 hours, consisting of Latin 4300, another Latin course at the 4000 level, and 9 hours in Classical Humanities courses or further Latin courses
  • Greek: 15 hours, consisting of Greek 4300, another Greek course at the 4000 level, and 9 hours in Classical Humanities courses or further Greek courses
  • *3 hours in Greek or Latin language at the 4300 level and above may be used to substitute for equivalent AMS credits
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Contact

David Schenker
Director of Undergraduate Studies
201 Swallow Hall
SchenkerD@missouri.edu