Classical and Near Eastern Studies Faculty

Undergraduate Admissions

Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies (CANES) Major (B.A.) & Minor

Classical & Ancient Near Eastern Studies (CANES) encompasses the art, history, and literature of ancient Greece, Italy, and the Middle East—in short, the ancient Mediterranean world. This discipline is the oldest and most central of all the humanities and at one time constituted the basic liberal arts education. At GW, Classics was one of the two oldest departments. Some students may wish to pursue a career in CANES by teaching at the secondary level or by attending graduate school in Classical or Near Eastern Studies (ancient philology, history, philosophy, or art and archaeology). For others, a major in CANES is not only intellectually fulfilling, it can help them learn analytic, linguistic, and critical thinking skills to prepare for a variety of careers, including law, medicine, museum studies, library sciences, journalism, publishing, history, & linguistics.

Upon graduation, those majoring in CANES will find a variety of opportunities open to them (e.g., secondary school teaching, further study in graduate school, law school). By selecting their courses carefully, moreover, many students complete the requirements of two majors (CANES and Archaeology, for example, or CANES and History, or CANES and Biology) in order to gain more flexibility in choosing a career. Thus students interested in law, medicine, or business can easily combine courses necessary for professional school preparation with courses broadly based in the humanities. Since many professional schools want students who have linguistic skills and a broad knowledge of our cultural traditions, a major in CANES provides an ideal background for further study in various professional schools.

Careers related to a major in CANES might be found in teaching, archaeology, museum work, publishing, or library science, all of which require graduate study. There are excellent employment opportunities for well-qualified secondary school teachers of Latin. Your professors in the CANES program will be happy to discuss the option for a CANES major; to declare a major, consult one of the CANES faculty members, including Professors Cline, Fisher, Friedland, Harris Cline, Smith, and Rollston.

Students often double major in CANES and archaeology, history, philosophy, political science, biology, or even economics or business. Thus students interested in law, medicine, or business can easily combine courses necessary for professional school preparation with courses broadly based in the humanities. Since many professional schools want students who have linguistic skills and a broad knowledge of our cultural traditions, a major in CANES provides an ideal background for further study in various professional schools.

GW is a good place to explore Classical & Ancient Near Eastern Studies because the department is relatively small (with close association between student and professor), and yet diversity is offered by the student's contact with other departments offering courses in classical art, history, linguistics and philosophy. A CANES program at GWU may also include classics courses taught at the other Washington area consortium universities. The major course of studies represents a good background in classics and a well-rounded curriculum. The CANES program has an active Classics and Archaeology Club; the Department also awards three annual prizes to students in classics courses.

The resources of Washington, D.C., are additional advantages to those interested in classical antiquity. The Library of Congress and the several museums of the Smithsonian Institution are easily accessible. Lectures on classical subjects are frequently sponsored by these institutions, as well as by other organizations such as the Archaeological Institute of America, the Washington Classical Society, Dumbarton Oaks, or the other universities in the area.

 

Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

I. The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.

II. Ancient language proficiency  
In addition to course requirements, students must complete the language proficiency requirement, which includes Greek (GREK) or Latin (LATN) language study through the 2002 level, or one classical language through the 1002 level and the other through the 2001 level. Students who have scored a 4 or 5 on the AP Latin examination are encouraged to contact the program coordinator.   
III. Core course requirements  
Two of the following courses (6 credits): 1  
CLAS 2112 History of Ancient Greece  
or HIST 2112 History of Ancient Greece
CLAS 2113 The Roman World to 337 A.D.  
or HIST 2113 The Roman World to 337 A.D.
CLAS 2803 The Ancient Near East and Egypt to 322 B.C.  
or HIST 2803 The Ancient Near East and Egypt to 322 B.C.
One of the following courses (3 credits):  
AH 3101 Ancient Art of the Bronze Age and Greece  
AH 3102 Ancient Art of the Roman Empire  
AH 3103 Art and Archaeology of Egypt and the Near East  
Capstone (3 credits)  
CLAS 4111 Capstone Study  
Additional course requirements  
21 credits (7 courses) in electives taken as follows: 2  
12 credits (four courses) selected from Group A, including at least two courses at the 3000 level or above. 1  
9 credits (three courses) selected from Groups A and/or B. All 9 credits may be taken from Group B, but no more than 9 credits in this group can be counted toward degree requirements.  
Group A: CLAS, GREK, and LATN  
CLAS 2104 Ancient Medicine and Modern Medical Terms  
CLAS 2105 Special Topics  
CLAS 2105W Special Topics  
CLAS 2106 Mythology of the Classical World  
or CLAS 2106W Mythology of the Classical World
CLAS 2107 Greek and Roman Drama  
CLAS 2112 History of Ancient Greece  
or HIST 2112 History of Ancient Greece
CLAS 2113 The Roman World to 337 A.D.  
or HIST 2113 The Roman World to 337 A.D.
CLAS 2802 Gods and Goddesses of the Ancient Near East  
CLAS 2803 The Ancient Near East and Egypt to 322 B.C.  
or HIST 2803 The Ancient Near East and Egypt to 322 B.C.
CLAS 2804 History of Ancient Israel 3  
or HIST 2804 History of Ancient Israel
CLAS 3104 Dead Sea Scrolls  
CLAS 3105 Topics in Classical Studies  
CLAS 3107 Law and Diplomacy in the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean  
CLAS 3111 Topics in Ancient History  
or HIST 3111 Topics in Ancient History
CLAS 3112 Art and Archaeology of Pompeii  
CLAS 3113 Greece and Rome in the Art and Architecture of Washington D.C.  
CLAS 3114 Topics in Ancient Literatures and Cultures  
CLAS 3115 Topics in Ancient Art and Archaeology  
CLAS 3116 Identity in the Greco-Roman World  
or HIST 3116 Identity in the Greco-Roman World
CLAS 3117 Alexander The Great  
or HIST 3117 Alexander The Great
CLAS 3119 The Ancient Economy  
or HIST 3119 The Ancient Economy
CLAS 3901 Directed Project  
or CLAS 3901W Directed Project
CLAS 4901 Directed Project  
GREK 3001 Major Greek Authors I  
or GREK 3001W Major Greek Authors II
GREK 3002 Major Greek Authors II  
or GREK 3002W Major Greek Authors II
LATN 3001 Major Latin Authors I  
or LATN 3001W Major Latin Authors I
LATN 3002 Major Latin Authors II  
or LATN 3002W Major Latin Authors II
Group B: Up to 9 credits (see note, above).  
AH 3101 Ancient Art of the Bronze Age and Greece  
AH 3102 Ancient Art of the Roman Empire  
AH 3103 Art and Archaeology of Egypt and the Near East  
AH 3104 Art and Archaeology of the Aegean Bronze Age 3  
or ANTH 3806 Art and Archaeology of the Aegean Bronze Age
AH 3106 Art and Archaeology of Israel and Neighboring Lands  
or ANTH 3805 Archaeology of Israel and Neighboring Lands
AH 3111 Early Christian and Byzantine Art and Architecture  
ANTH 3834 Field Research: Old World  
PHIL 2111 History of Ancient Philosophy  
or PHIL 2111W History of Ancient Philosophy
PSC 2105 Major Issues of Western Political Thought I  
REL 1009 The Hebrew Scriptures  
REL 1010 The New Testament  
REL 3341 Christianity in the Ancient World  

1A course taken as part of the core requirement may not also count as a Group A course selection.

2Students may also earn credit from directed study or coursework abroad if approved by appropriate faculty in Classical Studies.

3Only one course from the following can be counted toward major requirements: AH 3106, ANTH 3805, CLAS 2804, or HIST 2804.

 

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Meet the Language Coordinator

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Undergraduate students who are considering a Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies concentration are encouraged to speak to the Department’s Language Coordinator Christopher Rollston ([email protected]) during office hours (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00-5:15 p.m. or by appointment) to discuss your course of study. Also, click here to read about the requirements and instructions for a major or minor in Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies.

Are you a GW undergraduate interested in getting an advanced degree in Classics, Classical Archaeology, or Ancient History after graduation?

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If so, please make an appointment with one of the Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies faculty members (Professors ClineFisherFriedland, Harris Cline, Smith, or Rollston). Interested students should begin Greek or Latin language training as soon as possible and continue taking one or both through graduation. Work with the department to create a program suited to your course of study.