Late Antique-Medieval Studies (LAMS) puts you in the heart of the fascinating post-Classics period when cultures collided in the Mediterranean and Near East.
LAMS majors explore the historic bridge that connects the classic world and medieval world. This period witnessed the Christianization of the Roman Empire, the rise of the “barbarian kingdoms” in the west, and the emergence of Islam in the east and south, offering LAMS students a rich tapestry of cultural, political, economic and religious encounters to discover.
An unusual major/minor to be offered at a small college, the community of scholars at The Claremont Colleges enables a rich and inventive curriculum with classes in history, religious studies, art history, archaeology, philosophy, literatures.
What You'll Study
- Three semesters of Greek, Latin, Hebrew or Arabic
- Three courses from the Ancient offerings in Classics, including Ancient History
- Five courses from LAMS multidisciplinary choices
- A senior seminar and senior thesis
Learning at Pomona
Christian Sensory Experiences in Pilgrimage to Jerusalem and the Holy Land in Pre-Modern Christian Consciousness
Ana Núñez '17 looked at the travelogues of three pilgrims from Late Antiquity — the anonymous Bordeaux pilgrim, Egeria, and Antonius of Piacenza — in order to investigate the variety of ways in which pilgrims understood their own sensory and spiritual interactions with the material sites and objects of Jerusalem and the Holy Land.
When LAMS was approved as a major, I had my ‘change major’ form turned in 24 hours later. Since then, I haven’t looked back, learning Latin, writing two academic articles on monastic history and early Christian martyr acts, and becoming one of the first LAMS majors in the country.
Faculty & Teaching
As an intercollegiate major, LAMS students have access to professors across The Claremont Colleges with expertise in subjects like Islamic philosophy and theology, Judaism, early Christianity, the Reformation, Late Antique art and archeology, medieval music, and Early Modern Italy.
There is a natural cluster of professors whose specialties are tied to the broader Mediterranean world between the first and 16th centuries at The Claremont Colleges. I like to say they’re a bunch of stars and we formed a new constellation out of them by creating LAMS.