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Late Antique-Medieval Studies Major


Late Antique-Medieval Studies (LAMS) is the study of the Mediterranean and Near East in the periods known as Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, that is, from the third to the fifteenth centuries. Late Antiquity witnessed the Christianization of the Roman Empire, the rise of the “barbarian kingdoms” in the west, and the emergence and spread of Islam in the east and south. Despite the competing political and religious claims, the ties between the greater Latin, Greek, and Arabic cultures that shared the Mediterranean basin in the Middle Ages remained strong. Not only did each of these cultures identify with an Abrahamic religious tradition, but each saw itself as an heir to the rich secular traditions of the Greek and Roman, as well as the Persian empires. Students of LAMS explore these fertile cultural encounters from a fresh, multi-disciplinary perspective with appropriate attention to the original languages: Greek, Latin, and Arabic.


Requirements for the Major in Late Antique-Medieval Studies (LAMS)

To complete the LAMS major, a student is required to complete a minimum of 11courses plus a Senior Seminar (LAMS 190 PO ) and a Senior Project/Thesis (LAMS 191 PO ). These courses include:

  • At least three courses in one of the following languages: Greek, Latin, Arabic, or Hebrew. At least one must be numbered 100 or above. (CLAS 103 PO  and CLAS 104 PO  are half-courses; they must be taken twice to count as one of the three language course credits and will not count for more than one of the three language course credits).
  • At least three courses from the Ancient offerings in Classics, including:
    • Ancient History: PO History 10 (Ancient Mediterranean)
    • Two additional Ancient courses in any subfield.
  • At least five courses from the LAMS offerings, including:
    • LAMS History: HIST 011 PO  (Medieval Mediterranean)
    • Four additional LAMS courses (see below) drawn from the four LAMS subfields. At least two must be “upper division” courses.

LAMS students are expected to work with LAMS faculty members to design a cohesive and viable curriculum around their particular interests.