Ancient Mediterranean Studies

The Certificate in Ancient Mediterranean Studies provides students with a thorough understanding of the culture and society of ancient Greece and Rome.

UWM students can develop an in-depth understanding of the classical Roman and Greek civilizations by studying their history, art, and languages.

Our certificate is interdisciplinary with coursework coming from classics, history, art history, anthropology, and philosophy. Many students who are majoring on one of these disciplines find the certificate to be a nice complement to their major.

While only two semesters of either Latin, Greek, or Biblical Hebrew are required for certification, the added value of certification with language proficiency is available for students who continue on to take an additional 9 credits of upper-level Latin or Greek.

Download our fact sheet to the right to learn more about Ancient Mediterranean Studies.

Certificate Requirements

Total Credits

24 credits

Required History Courses selected from the following (6 credits)

Hist 201 – The Ancient World: The Near East and Greece, 3 credits

Hist 202 – The Ancient World: The Roman Republic and Empire, 3 credits

Hist 303 - A History of Greek Civilization: The Greek City-State, 3 credits

Hist 307 - A History of Rome: The Republic, 3 credits

Hist 308 - A History of Rome: The Empire, 3 credits

Hist 370 - Topics in the History of Religious Thought (With appropriate subtitle and the approval from coordinator), 3 credits

Hist 371 - Topics in European History: (with appropriate subtitle and approval from coordinator), 3 credits

Required Art History Courses selected from the following (6 credits)

ArtHist 101 – Ancient and Medieval Art and Architecture, 3 credits
and/or

ArtHist 300-level or above from approved list

Language Requirement (6-8 credits)

Two semesters at any level in one of the following languages: Latin, Greek, or Biblical Hebrew (6-8 credits, depending on the course).

Electives (6 credits)

Approved Courses

  • Anthro 103 - Digging Up the Past: Approaches to Archaeology, 3 credits
  • Anthro 305 - The Celtic World, 3 credits
  • Anthro 306 - European Archaeology, 3 credits
  • Anthro 307 - World Archaeology: Foundation of Civilization, 3 credits
  • ArtHist 101 - Ancient and Medieval Art and Architecture, 3 credits
  • ArtHist 220 - The Beginning of Medieval Art, 3 credits
  • ArtHist 312 - Minoan and Mycenaean Art and Archaeology, 3 credits
  • ArtHist 313 - Greek Art and Archaeology, 3 credits
  • ArtHist 315 - Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt, 3 credits
  • ArtHist 316 - Roman Art and Archaeology, 3 credits
  • ArtHist 324 - Art and Architecture of Byzantium, 3 credits
  • ArtHist 327 - Art and Architecture of Islamic Spain, 3 credits
  • ArtHist 412 - Cities and Sanctuaries of Ancient Greece, 3 credits
  • ArtHist 413 - Greek Sculpture, 3 credits
  • ArtHist 414 - Greek Vase Painting, 3 credits
  • ArtHist 416 - Roman Architecture, 3 credits
  • Celtic 350 - Advanced Topics in Celtic Studies: “The Archaeology of Ireland” subtitle, 3 credits
  • Classic 101 - Latin and Greek in English Words, 3 credits
  • Classic 170 - Classical Mythology, 3 credits
  • Classic 171 - Classical Mythology: An Audiovisual Supplement, 1 credit
  • Classic 192 - First-Year Seminar: “Ancient Greek and Roman Love Poetry” subtitle, 3 credits
  • Classic 201 - Introduction to Greek Life and Literature, 3 credits
  • Classic 202 - Introduction to Roman Life and Literature, 3 credits
  • Classic 260 - Classical Utopias, 3 credits
  • Classic 274 - Ancient Egyptian Civilization, 3 credits
  • Classic 297 - Study Abroad: “Cultural Diversity of Ancient Campania” subtitle, 3 credits
  • Classic 299 - Ad Hoc: “Egyptian Hieroglyphics”
    “Jason and Medea” subtitles, 3 credits
  • Classic 301 - The Life and Literature of Classical Athens: Herodotus and Dramatists, 3 credits
  • Classic 302 - War and Politics in Ancient Greece, 3 credits
  • Classic 303 - The Life and Literature of the Roman Empire, 3 credits
  • Classic 304 - The Greco-Roman World: (All Subtitles), 3 credits
  • Classic 375 - Origins and Survivals of Classical Myth, 3 credits
  • Classic 381 - Honors Seminar: (All Subtitles), 3 credits
  • Classic 390 - Egyptian Mythology, 3 credits
  • Classic 497 - Study Abroad: “Cultural Diversity of Ancient Campania” subtitle, 3 credits
  • CompLit 207 - World Literature in Translation: Antiquity Through the 1600s, 3 credits
  • Greek 103 - First Semester Greek, 4 credits
  • Greek 104 - Second Semester Greek, 4 credits
  • Greek 199 - Independent Study, 1-3 credits
  • Greek 205 - Third Semester Greek, 4 credits
  • Greek 306 - Readings in Ancient Greek Literature: (All Subtitles), 4 credits
  • Greek 372 - The New Testament, 1-2 credits
  • Greek 501 - Readings in Classical Greek Prose: (All Subtitles), 3 credits
  • Greek 502 - Readings in Ancient Greek Poetry: (All Subtitles), 3 credits
  • Greek 699 - Directed Reading, 1-3 credits
  • Hebr St 105 - Introduction to Biblical Hebrew, 3 credits
  • Hebr St 106 - Introduction to Biblical Hebrew II, 3 credits
  • Hebr St 131 - Introduction to Biblical Studies, 3 credits
  • Hebr St 231 - Introduction to the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, 3 credits
  • Hebr St 232 - Survey of the Literature of the Post-Biblical Period, 3 credits
  • Hebr St 233 - Introduction to the New Testament, 3 credits
  • Hebr St 235 - The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible, 3 credits
  • Hebr St 236 - The Biblical World, 3 credits
  • Hebr St 249 - History of Jewish Civilization: Biblical Period, 3 credits
  • Hebr St 250 - History of Jewish Civilization: The Greek and Roman Periods, 3 credits
  • Hebr St 274 - Ancient Egyptian Civilization, 3 credits
  • Hebr St 305 - Advanced Hebrew I, 3 credits
  • Hebr St 306 - Advanced Hebrew II, 3 credits
  • Hebr St 332 - Women in the Bible, 3 credits
  • Hebr St 474 - Introduction to the Mishna, 3 credits
  • Hebr St 476 - Introduction to the Targum, 3 credits
  • Hist 201 - The Ancient World: The Near East and Greece, 3 credits
  • Hist 202 - The Ancient World: The Roman Republic and Empire, 3 credits
  • Hist 203 - The History of Medieval Europe: The Early Middle Ages, 3 credits
  • Hist 274 - Ancient Egyptian Civilization, 3 credits
  • Hist 280 - Islamic Civilization: The Formative Period, ca. 500-1258, 3 credits
  • Hist 301 - History of Christianity, East and West to 1500, 3 credits
  • Hist 303 - A History of Greek Civilization: The Greek City-State, 3 credits
  • Hist 304 - A History of Greek Civilization: The Age of Alexander the Great, 3 credits
  • Hist 307 - A History of Rome: The Republic, 3 credits
  • Hist 308 - A History of Rome: The Empire, 3 credits
  • Hist 370 - Topics in the History of Religious Thought: “Judaism in the Ancient World” subtitle, 3 credits
  • Hist 371 - Topics in European History: “Rome in the Age of Constantine – Society and Culture” subtitle, 3 credits
  • Hist 398 - Honors Seminar: “Medicine and Healing in Ancient Greece and Rome” subtitle, 3 credits
  • Honors 200 - Honors Seminar: "The Shaping of the Modern Mind"
    "Nostalgic Fictions: The Odyssey and Its Afterlife"
    "Cleopatra: Passion, Power, and Political Fantasy" subtitles, 3 credits
  • Latin 103 - First Semester Latin, 4 credits
  • Latin 104 - Second Semester Latin, 4 credits
  • Latin 150 - Intensive Latin, 4 credits
  • Latin 199 - Independent Study, 1-3 credits
  • Latin 205 - Third Semester Latin, 4 credits
  • Latin 306 - Readings in Latin Literature: (All Subtitles), 4 credits
  • Latin 501 - Readings in Latin Prose: (All Subtitles), 3 credits
  • Latin 502 - Readings in Latin Poetry: (All Subtitles), 3 credits
  • Latin 508 - Latin Prose Composition, 3 credits
  • Latin 699 - Directed Reading, 3 credits
  • Linguis 211 - Origin of Words, 3 credits
  • Philos 430 - History of Ancient Philosophy, 3 credits
  • Philos 550 (450) - Plato, 3 credits
  • Philos 551 (451) - Aristotle, 3 credits
  • Philos 681 - Seminar in Advanced Topics: “Aristotle’s Natural Philosophy” subtitle, 3 credits

Additional Requirements

Of the 24 required credits, at least 9 credits must be taken at the advanced level (numbered 300 and above) in residence at UWM. At least 12 credits must be taken in courses in the College of Letters and Science, with at least 6 of these at the advanced level.

GPA Requirements

Students must achieve a grade point average of 3.000 or higher in the courses that satisfy the Program requirements, and all such courses must be graded rather than taken on a credit/no credit basis.