The Bachelor of Arts with a major in ancient civilization requires a minimum of 120 s.h., including at least 30 s.h. of work for the major. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all courses for the major and in all UI courses for the major. They also must complete the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences GE CLAS Core.

The major concentrates on the ancient civilization of the Mediterranean world and draws on courses offered by various University departments. This is a flexible major that allows students to concentrate their study in areas such as religion, history, archaeology, Egypt, or the Near East. 

The major is sponsored by the School of Art and Art History and the Departments of Classics, History, and Religious Studies.

Students choose courses in consultation with their advisors. They must earn at least 15 s.h. in courses which may include classics in English courses numbered 3000 or above, the Greek language courses numbered 2000 or above, and the Latin language courses numbered 2000 and above. Transfer credit is evaluated individually. A course used to satisfy a requirement in one area cannot be used to satisfy a requirement in another area.

The Latin Advanced Placement (AP) exam with a score of 4 or higher may be used to complete the General Education Program: World Languages component, or used as elective hours. Students with previous knowledge of Greek or Latin language, should take the World Languages Placement Test (WLPT) to determine the best level for your first enrollment in a language course.

In addition to completing required coursework, students maintain a required portfolio detailing their progress toward the major, which they must complete before graduation; see "Major Portfolio" below.

Listed below are the general categories of coursework required to earn the degree; for more specific information on courses, curriculum, and requirements of the Bachelor of Arts in ancient civilization, visit the UI General Catalog.

Degree Requirements
Title Hours
Ancient Art and Archaeology Courses 3
Ancient History and Society Courses 3
Ancient Language and Literature Courses 3
Ancient Philosophy and Religion Courses 3
Additional Courses 18
Major Portfolio (see below) 0
Total Hours 30

Major Portfolio

To comply with the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, policy on student outcomes assessment, the Department of Classics has established a method to assess the achievement level of students completing one of the department's majors. Students must maintain a portfolio that details their progress in attaining the objectives of their major. Students must register for and complete the following course: CLSA:3982 - Graduation Portfolio.

Students submit the portfolio to the Director of Undergraduate Studies of Classics near the end of the semester in which they intend to graduate. This portfolio consists of a paper or papers on some aspect of the ancient world, totaling 10-15 pages (double-spaced) in length. The paper(s) can be from past classes (3000-level and up) but must demonstrate proficiency in correct use and documentation of primary and/or secondary source materials. Formal approval of the portfolio is required for graduation. Consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies of Classics for details.

Teacher Licensure

Students interested in teaching in elementary and/or secondary schools should seek admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP) in the College of Education.

To qualify for licensure in secondary teaching, students in the TEP complete a degree in education as well as a related College of Liberal Arts and Sciences degree. See Teacher Education Program Application and Admission on the College of Education website for details on requirements and deadlines for applying to the College of Education and about TEP choices of majors leading to licensure.