Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Ancient Studies

Academics

Major

Major requirements

Majors in ancient studies choose one of three tracks: Hebrew, Greco-Roman and New Testament. Students are required to study at least one ancient language (Hebrew, Greek or Latin) and to be able to apply that language in a required two-semester independent research project. In preparation for this independent research project, each track requires students to take two language courses at the 200 level, and six courses relevant to the ancient world, choosing courses from those offered in the departments of Classics, History, Religion, Art and Art History and Philosophy. Students should complete the minimum language requirement by the end of the junior year. A minimum of two courses must be at the 300 level. All majors must complete a senior independent research project (two semesters).

Hebrew track
Ancient Studies Hebrew track major worksheet
10 courses total
(for students who enter with a knowledge of Hebrew)

REL 109 Introduction to the Hebrew Bible
REL 207 Introduction to Rabbinic Literature
Two courses in Classics at or above the 200 level
Two additional approved elective courses
Two courses at the 300 level
Two-semester senior independent research project

Greco-Roman track
Ancient Studies Greco-Roman track major worksheet
10 courses total

Two courses in either Greek or Latin at or above the 200 level
Two appropriate courses in Religion
Two additional approved elective courses
Two courses at the 300 level
Two-semester senior independent research project

New Testament track
Ancient Studies New Testament track major worksheet
10 courses total

REL 110 Literature of the New Testament: The Real Jesus, Ancient and Modern Views
and REL 210 Jesus and the Gospels
One course in Classics at or above the 200 level
Either REL 109 Introduction to the Hebrew Bible
or REL 207 Introduction to Rabbinic Literature
One other appropriate course in Religion
One additional approved elective course
Two courses at the 300 level
Two-semester senior independent research project

Approved elective courses

Any course in the Classics Department at or above the 200 level.

Approved courses in the Religion Department are those that feature any of the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean, including:
REL 109 Introduction to the Hebrew Bible
REL 110 Literature of the New Testament: The Real Jesus, Ancient and Modern Views
REL 204 Scripture in Judaism, Christianity and Islam
REL 207 Introduction to Rabbinic Literature
REL 210 Jesus and the Gospels
REL 310 New Testament: Acts and Letters
REL 316 Islam: Faith and Practice
REL 322 Judaism: Faith and Practice

These additional courses:
ARTH 273 Greek Art and Architecture
ARTH 274 Visualizing Ancient Rome
HIST 100 Ancient Western History
HIST 343 Late Antiquity: Transformation and Migration
PHIL 203 Ancient Greek Philosophy

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