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Ancient Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Saint Petersburg, FL, United States
The Ancient Studies program of Eckerd College is an interdisciplinary major designed for students interested in the languages, arts, religions, histories, and material cultures of peoples living in the ancient world.
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The curriculum of the Ancient Studies program of Eckerd College spans a wide geographical range including the Mediterranean Basin, the Near East, China, Japan, and India. Chronologically, the curriculum focuses on historical periods spanning approximately 3300 BCE to 1300 CE. Because this initiative brings together several disciplines from the humanities and social sciences, it encourages unique collaborative and integrative approaches to liberal learning, providing majors with opportunities to think comparatively and to investigate specific cultures within larger geographical and temporal contexts.

Students who major in Ancient Studies develop competencies in the following:

  • Understanding how culture is received, interpreted, and transmitted across temporal and geographical distances
  • Analyzing ancient textual and material evidence using a variety of methods and approaches
  • Appreciating gaps and sources of conflicting information in the historical, literary, and archaeological records
  • Assessing ways in which traditional interpretations of antiquity and classical heritage have been shaped by contemporary social and political contexts and concerns
  • Attaining greater appreciation for the complexity of studying the ancient world by examining specific cultures and/or geographical regions from multiple disciplinary perspectives

Why Ancient Studies at Eckerd?

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We can tell you that a major in Ancient Studies teaches a wide range of critical thinking skills applicable for today’s fast-paced marketplace. Graduates are quick thinkers, excellent writers, and skilled at detailed research. The major is particularly focused on developing the following skill sets:

  • Gathering information and research
  • Analyzing of sources of information and reliability
  • Reading and comprehending difficult and unfamiliar material
  • Defining problems clearly
  • Organizing plans for problem solving
  • Summarizing results of detailed analyses in clear, comprehensible, and succinct formats
  • Presenting information orally for large and small groups
  • Using software to manage and present data
  • Thinking and working independently
  • Understanding cultural, ethical, and historical differences
  • Identifying sources of cultural misunderstanding
  • Understanding and appreciating human history, culture, and arts
  • Learning new languages, ideas, and systems with care and precision

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Animals in Ancient Science
  • Epic Poetry in the Ancient World
  • Identity, Race, & Ethnicity in the Ancient World
  • Magic in the Ancient World
  • Animals in Classical and Mediterranean Cultures

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • Common Application or Eckerd College application
  • Personal Statement/Essay
  • $40 Application Fee
  • Official High School Transcript and/or G.E.D. results
  • Admission Recommendation Letter
  • Proof of English proficiency

Tuition Fee

  • International

    47044 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 47044 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    47044 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 47044 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Saint Petersburg

  • 1132 - 1750 USD/month
    Living Costs

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