2023-2024 Catalog 
    Apr 23, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog

Ancient Studies Major

Professors Calef, DeMarco
Associate Professors Long, Merkel, Nieto Cuebas

Assistant Professor Blume

Visiting Assistant Professor Hysell

Emeritus Neuman de Vegvar

Ohio Wesleyan offers the B.A. degree for the interdisciplinary and interdepartmental major in Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies. AMRS provides students interested in the foundations of Western civilization an opportunity to study the material and spiritual cultures of the past. Students explore literature, the arts, music, philosophy, religion, and history, developing skills in critical inquiry and analysis. The program is especially useful for those considering a career that expects a broad knowledge of Western thought and culture, ranging from public relations to museum work and post-graduate programs.

Learning Objectives

Students will develop an understanding of the ancient, medieval, and renaissance cultures of Europe (broadly defined), with particular expertise in one of these areas.

Students will work with disciplinary-specific methods of studying the past, and demonstrate their ability to apply such methods in the analysis of evidence (textual, visual, material).

Students will develop an appreciation of interdisciplinary models for thinking about ancient, medieval and renaissance cultures. They will apply such approaches themselves in their capstone projects.

Students will develop skills in written and oral communication. They should be able to construct a well-structured, analytic essay, use evidence to support their insights, and meet the demands of specific genres. They should use appropriate vocabulary and express themselves clearly.

Students will come to appreciate and be able to articulate how the study of the ancient, medieval and renaissance past enriches human experience, contributing to a person’s ability to understand the world and self in rich ways.

Major Requirements

Students complete the major in one of three tracks: Ancient, Medieval, or Renaissance. Each AMRS major consists of a total of eleven courses: three Foundation courses, six Core courses, and two Elective courses. Foundation and Core courses are listed below. Core courses not taken to satisfy the Core requirement may be taken to satisfy the Electives requirement. Students may also satisfy the Elective requirement by choosing from upper-level courses (250 and above) listed in any other AMRS track. Independent Studies and Directed Readings are available in most affiliated departments. A maximum of five courses taken from any one department may be counted toward completion of any AMRS major.

Majors in AMRS who are planning to pursue advanced graduate work are encouraged to take LATI 110 & LATI 111 and, in their senior year, AMRS 490 - Independent Study . With the assistance of a faculty supervisor, the student should determine the topic of their project, establish an initial bibliography, and determine a timeline for paper drafts. Depending on the nature of the topic, the supervisor may advise the student to secure the participation of additional faculty members. Under this committee format, the faculty committee will oversee the project and assess the student’s progress. If no committee is established, all oversight and evaluation will be performed by the faculty supervisor.


For the AMRS majors and minors, courses in Latin and Greek (LATI/GREE) shall be counted as belonging to a separate department from other Classics (CLAS) courses. Students should consult the Director of AMRS, Prof. DeMarco, or one of the AMRS faculty advisors for guidance in choosing Elective courses that will complement their coursework in the major.

Participating departments include: Classics, English, Fine Arts, History, Music, Philosophy, Religion, and World Languages & Cultures