Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies

The Undergraduate Major
in Ancient Civilization & Biblical Studies

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Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies offers instruction at the introductory to advanced levels in the languages, literatures, histories, cultures, and religions of the ancient Near East (Anatolia, Egypt, Mesopotamia, Israel, Jordan and Syria). The major can select one of four programs: Ancient Mesopotamia, Hebrew Bible/Ancient Israel, Ancient Egypt and New Testament/Early Christianity, or any combination thereof with the permission of the ACABS advisor. 

The course ACABS 100: Peoples of the Middle East is a prerequisite to the ACABS major.  An ACABS major is required to complete four semesters of language. The languages for which four semesters of instruction are offered include Akkadian, Classical Hebrew, and Classical Greek (through Classical Studies). Fourth term proficiency in Classical Hebrew or Classical Greek satisfies the language requirement of the College of LS&A. In place of the four semesters of one language, students can select one of the following language options: one year of Akkadian followed by one year of Sumerian; or one year of Classical Hebrew followed by one semester of Aramaic and one semester of Ugaritic; or one year of Classical Hebrew followed by a year of Classical Greek; or one year of Middle Egyptian and a year of one of the following languages: Classical Greek, Classical Hebrew or Akkadian.

In addition to the four semesters of language, the ACABS major must elect six additional courses in the languages, literatures, histories, cultures, and religions of the ancient Near East. These six courses are to be selected from the four course levels: no more than one each at the 100 level, 200 level, and 300 level, and at least three at the 400-500 level. The student must also complete two cognate courses at the 300 level or above outside his or her area of study.  The cognate courses must be approved by the advisor.