Programs

Classical and Near Eastern Studies Programs

Classic and Near Eastern Civilizations

Major Minor

If you love ancient history and wish to better understand ancient customs, myths and events, than pursuing a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in classical and Near Eastern civilizations is the perfect option for you.

As a classical and Near Eastern civilizations major, you’ll develop diverse perspectives through the study of ancient languages. Throughout the program, you’ll need to complete 3 semesters of Arabic, Greek, Hebrew or Latin—or demonstrate an equivalent ability. In addition, you’ll gain critical and creative insights as you explore the written works and cultures of Greece, Rome and the Near East.

The Creighton CORE Language Requirement

There are two operative rules for satisfying the Creighton CORE language requirement.

  • Rule 1
    • If you have never studied a certain language in High School (HS), you begin at the 101 level for Greek, Latin and modern languages.
    • If you have 1 year of any HS language, you may still take that language at 101 level for Greek, Latin, and modern languages.
    • If you have 2 or 3 years of any HS language, you cannot start that language for credit below the 102 level.
    • If you have 4 years of any HS language, you cannot take that language for credit below the 201 level.

  • Rule 2
    • If you start at the 101 level, the 101-102 sequence satisfies the CORE requirement.
    • If you start at the 102 level, you must pass the 201 (or any higher) course of that language to satisfy the requirement.
 

General Information

Statistically, those who take Greek or Latin tend to score consistently higher on crucial exams (like the MCAT and GRE) than students of modern languages.

You may take a competency exam in an attempt to test out of the CORE requirement. You are exempt from the CORE language requirement if your native language is not English. (If your native language is Ancient Greek or Latin please tell us because there are many things we would like to ask you.)

The internal transcripts sent out by the registrar's office to advisors are not able to tell you if you have satisfied the CORE requirement.

If you think you are a special case, you have the right to ask the Department Chair (Professor Leonard Greenspoon in CANES) for an exception to the rules, though these are rarely granted in practice.

The ARA 115, GRK 115, LAT 115 and SPN 115 summer courses are equivalent to the 101-102 sequences, respectively, and may be used to satisfy the CORE language requirement subject to the rules stated above.