Classical and Near Eastern Civilizations (Bachelor of Arts)
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If you love ancient history and wish to better understand ancient customs, myths and events, than pursuing a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in classical and Near Eastern civilizations is the perfect option for you.
As a classical and Near Eastern civilizations major, you’ll develop diverse perspectives through the study of ancient languages. Throughout the program, you’ll need to complete 3 semesters of Arabic, Greek, Hebrew or Latin—or demonstrate an equivalent ability. In addition, you’ll gain critical and creative insights as you explore the written works and cultures of Greece, Rome and the Near East.
Ancient History Minor
Students will study a broad range of history of the Near Eastern, Greek and Roman worlds, with exposure to literary, epigraphic and material remains. Attention will be given to political and social institutions and cultural forms, as well as the dynamic changes in these societies and the interrelationships between them.
Classical and Near Eastern Civilizations Minor
The classical and Near Eastern civilizations minor offers a broad range of courses in the literary, religious, philosophical, political and material culture of the Near Eastern, Greek and Roman worlds. Students will study the institutions of these cultural forms, as well as the dynamic changes in these institutions and the interrelationships between them.
The majority of classical and Near Eastern civilizations majors go on to pre-professional study in health sciences or law. Additionally, some of our recent graduates have gone on to become journalists and teachers.
Naturally, our majors move on to competitive graduate schools as well. Since 2000, we’ve had students pursue studies at:
- University of Iowa
- Notre Dame
- University of Texas-Austin
- Emory University
- University of Oregon
- University of California-Irvine
- University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Discover ancient languages, literatures and cultures
- Develop analytical, critical and creative thinking skills
- Analyze and respond to written works and material culture of Greece, Rome and the Near East
- Eta Sigma Phi
Eta Sigma Phi is the National Classics Honor Society, of which Creighton University is the Sigma Nu chapter. The society holds a classics quiz bowl called “Mock Certamen” every January for local high school Latin students. In addition, the society holds several events throughout the year, including screenings of films about the Greeks and Romans (“Monty Python’s Life of Brian,” “300,” “Troy,” etc.), bowling and several other social gatherings.