Ancient Studies

18 credit hours

College of Arts & Sciences/Center for Interdisciplinary Studies

  • All courses for a minor must be completed at Webster University.
  • Courses completed with a grade below C- do not count toward fulfilling the requirement for a minor.
  • Courses used to fulfill a major may not be used to fulfill a requirement for a minor.

The Minor in Ancient Studies allows comparative study of the history, literature, mythology, religion, philosophy, art, language, and culture of the ancient societies across the globe. Students are required to complete 18 course credits or six courses. One core course is required, a three-credit introductory History of the Ancient World course. This requirement may only be waived through approval of the Program Director(s) and through demonstration of mastery of an equivalent course, or significant field or research experience. Students are encouraged to pursue an area of concentration for their studies by completing six credits of electives from the approved course list. This focus or concentration may be geographic or thematic, with comparative studies encouraged. Within the minor, “ancient” will be defined generally as before the fifth century CE, although this parameter may vary within cultural and geographical boundaries.

Students, as advised, should choose no more than three courses at the 1000 level, which includes the core course. At least one upper level (3000/4000) course is strongly recommended as well. A student may enter the program for a minor in Ancient Studies at any time through the final semester if all requirements are met.

More than the required 18 credits may be taken in order to fulfill the demands of individual interest, a language concentration, or a change in area of concentration. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in an international study and/or field experience as well. Webster’s worldwide campus system is ideally suited for this kind of study, and other sites will be available in the future.

Requirements for the Minor

Completion of the core course:

  • HIST 1120 The Ancient World (3 hours)

Completion of five of the following courses:

  • ANTH 1200 Human Origins (3 hours)
  • ARHS 2210 Introduction to Western Art (3 hours)
  • ARHS 2320 Introduction Asian Art (3 hours)
  • B201* Greek Grammar (3 hours)
  • B203* Hebrew Grammar (3 hours)
  • B206* Latin Grammar (3 hours)
  • B301 Greek Exegesis (3 hours)
  • B303 Hebrew Exegesis (3 hours)
  • B309 Latin Readings (1.5 hours)
  • ENGL 3900 Myth and Classical Literature (3 hours)
  • LATN 1090 Elementary Latin I (1-3 hours)
  • LATN 1090 Elementary Latin II (1-3 hours)
  • LATN 2090 Intermediate Latin (1-3 hours)
  • LATN 2610 Intermediate Language: Readings (3 hours)
  • PHIL 2510 Philosophical Classics: Ancient Greece and Rome (3 hours)

*Offered as an intensive study course during the month of January at Eden Seminary (B course numberings).


The following courses also qualify, with appropriate content:.

  • ANTH/SOCI 2000 Issues in Contemporary Anthropology/Sociology (1-4 hours)
  • ANTH/SOCI 3000 Topics in Anthropology and Sociology (3 hours)
  • ANTH/SOCI 3610 Independent Reading Course (1-5 hours)
  • ANTH/SOCI 4610 Advanced Independent Reading Course (1-5 hours)
  • ARHS 4600 Topics in Art History (3 hours)
  • HIST 1010 Topics in History (3 hours)
  • HIST 1100 World Civilization Before 1500 (3 hours)
  • HIST 2060 Topics in History of Gender and the Family (3 hours)
  • HIST 2090 Encounters in History (3 hours)
  • HIST 2610 Independent Reading (1-6 hours)
  • HIST 3060 History Roundtable (3 hours)
  • HIST 3650 History Practicum (1-15 hours)
  • HIST 4600 History Seminar (3 hours)
  • HIST 4610 Advanced Independent Reading (1-6 hours)
  • ILC 1090 Elementary Language I (1-3 hours)
  • ILC 1100 Elementary Language II (1-3 hours)
  • ISTL 2500 Int’l. Field Experience in Int’l. Studies (1-6 hours)
  • PHIL 4050 Topics in the History of Philosophy (3 hours)
  • RELG 1000 Roots of Religion (3 hours)
  • RELG 1040 Phenomena (3 hours)
  • RELG 2080 Intro to Western Religion (3 hours)
  • RELG 2100 Religion and Literature (3 hours)
  • RELG 2350 Sacred Texts (3 hours)
  • RELG 2400 Religion and the Arts (3 hours)
  • RELG 2420 Religion and Culture (3 hours)
  • RELG 2500 Gender, Culture, and Religion (3 hours)
  • RELG 3120 Buddhism (3 hours)
  • RELG 3190 Christianity (3 hours)
  • RELG 3600 Field Experience in Religion (1-6 hours)
  • RELG 3605 Int’l. Field Experience in Religion (1-6 hours)
  • RELG 4550 Advanced Study in Religion (3 hours)
  • RELG 4610 Reading Course (1-6 hours)
  • WGST 2000 Issues in Women’s Studies (3 hours)
  • WGST 3000 Topics in Women’s Studies (3 hours)

Other courses may also qualify, at the discretion of the director(s).

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