Ancient Mediterranean Art and Archaeology
Butler (coordinator), Cherubin, Lytton, Mattusch, Winkler
The interdisciplinary minor in ancient Mediterranean art and archaeology is
designed for students with diverse interests in the material culture of the ancient
world. Course work combines the study of archaeology, literature, art, history,
philosophy, myth, and religion. The minor's scope is not limited to Greece and
Rome but touches on all the ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean, as well
as the heirs of late antiquity such as Byzantium and early Islam.
The program represents foundation work crucial to graduate study in traditional
departments of classical, Near Eastern, or Mediterranean art and archaeology.
Through this minor, students are given credit for acquiring practical linguistic
skills and archaeological field experience as well as scholarly background. Students
should consult with the coordinator in designing a program.
Students in this minor complete 18 credits distributed as follows:
1. Preparatory work: At least 3 credits of Greek, Latin, or
a modern research language in addition to the basic George Mason University two-year
introductory language sequence
3 credits of course work in ancient literature chosen from ARTH
102; CLAS 250, 260; RELI 251, 252
2. 6 to 9 credits of electives from ANTH 320, 322, 325, 375,
420, 430; ARTH 319, 321, 322, 324, 333, 399 (with approval); CLAS 340, 350, 360,
370, 380, 390; HIST 301, 302, 480; PHIL 301; RELI 352; other courses pertaining
to the region and period, with approval of the coordinator. At least 9 credits
must be taken outside ARTH with at least 3 credits in ARTH.
3. 3 credits of seminar: ARTH 420 or ARTH 430 (if topic is appropriate)
4. 3 to 6 credits of practicum: a museum course (e.g., ARTH
394/594) and/or archaeological field work done for credit