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Late Antique-Medieval Studies Learning Objectives

LAMS as a scholarly field is dedicated to  a deeper understanding of the Mediterranean and Near Eastern worlds of Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages. In particular, it explores the close relationship between religion, politics, and society pioneered by the emperor  Constantine and then adopted in one form or another by the “barbarian kings” in the west as well as the Muslim caliphs in the east. Although the Greek, Latin, and Arabic heirs to the Roman Empire struggled with one another for hegemony in the Mediterranean basin and the Near East, their similarities outweighed their differences. Not only did each identify with an Abrahamic religious tradition, but each laid claim to the rich secular traditions of the Greek, Roman, and Persian empires.  LAMS Students have the opportunity to explore these fertile cultural encounters from a multi-disciplinary perspective with appropriate attention to the original languages: Greek, Latin, and Arabic.

Because LAMS as a major is modeled on Classics, the Learning Objectives are similar to those developed for Classics. LAMS students can expect

  1. a multi-disciplinary understanding of the late antique and medieval Greek, Latin, and Arabic worlds in their Mediterranean and Near Eastern contexts;
  2. basic knowledge of one or more of the languages appropriate for LAMS: Greek, Latin, or Arabic;
  3. a chance to pursue a LAMS research topic of their own design;
  4. a quintessentially “Liberal Arts” experience that incorporates a wide range of disciplines set within a specific geographical and temporal framework;
  5. preparation for a wide range of careers that require effective communication and research skills as well as a broad knowledge base;
  6. the academic preparation to pursue graduate work in Late Antique, Medieval, and Near Eastern Studies.