Civilizations and Biblical Studies (ACABS)
be elected as a departmental concentration program
division of Ancient
Civilizations and Biblical Studies
(ACABS) 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, and Syria). The concentrator in ACABS can select from
one of four options within the division designed to meet the
special interests of the student: Ancient Mesopotamia, Hebrew
Bible/Ancient Israel, New Testament/Early Christianity, or Ancient
to Concentration. All
Near Eastern Studies concentrators must complete the prerequisite
Peoples of the Middle East.
concentrator in ACABS is required to complete four terms of language.
The languages for which four terms of instruction are offered
include Akkadian, Classical Hebrew, and Greek. Fourth-term proficiency
in Classical Hebrew or Greek satisfies the language requirement
of the College of LS&A. The student has the option to complete
only two terms of one of those three languages and two subsequent
terms of a second (and third) language. In place of four terms
of one language, the concentrator can select one of the following
three language options: one year of Akkadian followed by one
year of Sumerian, or one year of Classical Hebrew followed by
one term of Aramaic and another of Ugaritic, or three terms of
middle Egyptian and one term of Coptic.
to the four terms of language, the ACABS concentrator must elect
six additional courses in the languages, literatures, histories,
and cultures and religions of the ancient Near East. These six
divisional courses are to be selected from the four course levels:
one at the 100-level, one at the 200-level, one at the 300 level,
and three at the 400-500 level. The concentrator must also complete
two elective cognate courses outside the division of concentration.
The concentration courses must be approved by the director of
undergraduate studies and the concentration advisor. Please contact
the departmental secretary to make an appointment with the concentration
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