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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Ancient Studies





Richard Mason
B.A., Columbia University, 1968; Ph.D., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1979

Adjunct Professors

Michael F. Lane
B.A., University of Indiana, 1989; M.S.c, University of Sheffield, 1993; PhD., University of Sheffield, 2004

Ester Doyle Read
B.A., Southern Illinois University, 1980; M.A., University of Maryland College Park, 1990
Interests: Archaeology

Robert Rivkin
B.A., Johns Hopkins University, 1961; M.A., Middlebury College, 1970
Interests: Latin

Associate Professor Emeritus

Carolyn G. Koehler
B.A., Vassar College, 1970; M.A., Princeton University 1973; Ph.D., Princeton University, 1979

Walter K. Sherwin
A.B., University of Notre Dame, 1960; M.A., The Ohio State University, 1962; Ph.D., 1966

Rudolph H. Storch
A.B., Capital University, 1961; M.A., The Ohio State University, 1964; Ph.D., 1967


Courses in this program are listed under ANCS and ARCH and HIST and LATN and GREK.

Career and Academic Paths

A major in ancient studies can lead to a career in field archaeology, museum curating or teaching, and it provides excellent liberal arts preparation for many professional fields, including law and medicine. Graduates are also well-prepared for advanced studies in classics, archaeology and ancient history. A combined B.A./M.A. program in historical studies also is offered.

Academic Advising

The ancient studies full-time faculty participate in the advising process. Students may approach any member of the faculty for guidance. Both regular students and transfer students also may enter the process by contacting the current chairperson, who will direct them to the individual on the faculty whose interests most closely mirror their own.

Honors Program

There is an honors program designed for students who want to meet additional challenges, especially those who are considering graduate school. Students must choose Option I and meet additional requirements, including a minimum of 45 credits in courses for the major. The Honors student must take ANCS 399H , ANCS 498H /ANCS 499H  in place of two upper-level courses in the major requirement, two additional three-credit, 300- or 400-level courses in Latin or Greek and 101 and 102 in the other language. For more information, contact any member of the department.

A student must have at least a 3.5 GPA in ancient studies courses to become an Honors student.

Accelerated B.A./M.A. Program in Historical Studies

The ancient studies department participates in the accelerated B.A./M.A. program in historical studies by offering courses at the 600 and 700 levels. Students interested in earning the B.A. in Ancient Studies and the M.A. in Historical Studies (with an emphasis on ancient history) should consult with the faculty of the history and ancient studies departments.

Special Opportunities

Scholarships are available for ancient studies majors to participate in archaeological excavations, study abroad programs and trips sponsored by the ancient studies department. Normally, a student may be awarded only one scholarship. For further information, contact any member of the faculty. Recent travel opportunities sponsored by the department have included archaeological work in Israel and study in England, France, Italy and Greece. Students also excavated in Maryland.

Student Organizations

Ancient Studies Club

The Ancient Studies Club serves as a meeting ground for faculty and students. Events such as dinners at ethnic restaurants, visits to museums and field trips are integrated into the academic year through the club.

Evening and Part-time Options

Although ancient studies or related courses are given in the evening, it would be difficult for a student to complete the requirements entirely in the evening. Part-time students, however, may combine day and evening classes to earn a B.A. in Ancient Studies.

Faculty Recognition

UMBC Ancient Studies Professor Jay Freyman was named Maryland Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, and colleague Professor Carolyn Koehler received the Outstanding Faculty Award from the Maryland Association for Higher Education.

Robert Rivkin was named Maryland Teacher of the Year by the Maryland Department of Education.


    Bachelor of ArtsNon-Degree


      Ancient StudiesArchaeologyGreekLatin