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Academic Foundations 003
Africana Studies 014
American Studies 050
Ancient and Medieval Civilizations 060
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Courses (Ancient and Medieval Civilizations 060)
Courses (Latin 580)
Anthropology 070
Arabic 074
Art, Design, and Art History 080, 081, 082, 083, 085
Arts & Sciences 090
Asian Studies 098
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Chemistry 160
Chinese 165
Clinical Laboratory Sciences 191
Computer Science 198
Creative Writing 200
Data Science 219
Economics 220
Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources 216
English 350, 352
English: Composition and Writing 355
Environmental Sciences 375
Film Studies 380
French 420
Geoscience/Geology 460
Global Politics 487
Health and Society 502
Health Information Management 504
History 510, 512
Honors 525
Honors Living-Learning Community 526
International Affairs 551
Italian 560
Japanese 565
Journalism 086
Latin 580
Latin American Studies 590
Latina/o Studies 597
Legal Studies 603
Linguistics 615
Mathematics 640
Medical Imaging Sciences 658
Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies 686
Music 087
Neuroscience 112
Peace and Conflict Studies 735
Philosophy 730
Physics 750
Political Science 790
Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies 812
Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Psychology 819
Psychology 830
Social Work 910
Sociology 920
Spanish 940
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Urban Education 300
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Youth Development & Juvenile Justice 985
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  Newark Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2024 School of Arts and Sciences-Newark Academic Programs and Courses Ancient and Medieval Civilizations 060 Learning Goals  

Learning Goals

Ancient and medieval civilizations (AMC) is a multidisciplinary academic program drawing upon courses from a variety of departments and skills to access cultures and peoples of the far past. Courses in ancient history, ancient languages, material culture, philosophy, and religion help to bring students to an understanding of ancient and medieval civilizations. While most of our courses focus on Europe, we do offer many courses pertinent to the Middle East, Africa, and East Asia.

Pursuing a minor in AMC means acquiring fundamental language skills in classical languages (Greek, Latin, Arabic, Persian, or Chinese--based on the student's focus), along with a wide-ranging knowledge of ancient and medieval history. At every stage, students are led to reflect on the many connections of these times to the modern world, and how the civilizations involved contributed to shape the present day.

To better understand what studying AMC entails, students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the core learning goals that motivate the teaching of AMC (below), and to contact the AMC program director with any questions. AMC students should discuss with the director the focus of their minor, whether it will be oriented toward the west or east, ancient or medieval, in particular.

The program's broad goals can be divided into two categories: conceptual learning goals that delineate the principles of the discipline, and practical learning goals that define important skills that students can expect to develop by taking courses in AMC. 

Conceptual Learning Goals

Students who study AMC at Rutgers University-Newark can expect to:

  1. demonstrate substantial expertise in at least one classical language, engage in advanced analysis of ancient texts in the original language, and use the study of the language to better understand their historical, intellectual, and material contexts;
  2. form, through the study of the languages and of ancient and medieval history and civilization, a broad and critically informed understanding of major events, concepts, documents, and material artifacts of these civilizations, and of their continuing influence on and connections to the modern world;
  3. produce culturally and historically informed analyses of ancient and medieval ideas, texts, and artifacts;
  4. appreciate the role of diversity and difference in shaping human experience; and
  5. acquire a global perspective through in-depth study of ancient and medieval cultures in their historical contexts, as well as through opportunities to study abroad, especially those given by Rutgers Study Abroad programs, e.g., the Rutgers University Archaeological Field School in Italy, which is operated by faculty from the AMC program.

Practical Learning Goals

Students who study AMC at Rutgers University-Newark can expect to:

  1. acquire necessary analytical, research, and thinking skills to read critically;
  2. learn to communicate effectively in speaking and in writing;
  3. read, understand, and appreciate a variety of literary forms, including primary sources (poetry, speeches, plays, histories), as well as secondary sources written in academic prose;
  4. construct an original thesis statement and support it with logical evidence using several research databases;
  5. work independently and conduct independent research; and
  6. pursue a wide range of careers (as below).

An AMC minor is excellent preparation for the pursuit of a wide range of careers in a large number of fields, including, but not limited to, government, law, education, business, journalism, library science, publishing, foreign service, finance, the entertainment industry, museum and preservation work, pharmaceutical sciences, music and the arts, foundations, technology, web design, and labor relations.

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Comments and corrections to: One Stop Student Services Center.

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