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Classical Civilizations

Art. Politics. Architecture. Ethics. Law. Military strategy. Urban planning. It’s near impossible to name any crucial aspect of contemporary western civilization that doesn’t date back in some way to ancient Rome and Greece. Their precedents form the bedrock of so much of how our modern world works.

Degree Types
Complementary Programs
Distinctive Requirements
Graduate School Preparation

A minor in the history department, Classical Civilizations explores the context, culture, and wide-ranging influences of ancient Rome and Greece.

Future Career Paths

Students who study history are trained in a number of skills that employers value, including:

  • Writing
  • Close reading
  • Critical thinking
  • Editing
  • Public speaking

Historians are employed as researchers in business and government, as archivists and preservationists, and some work for themselves or in partnerships as consultants. Recent graduates have:

  • Joined business and brokerage firms
  • Enrolled in law and graduate studies
  • Begun military and government service

Distinctive Courses

HIS 2205 - Ancient Greece

A history of the Greek world from the archaic to the Hellenistic period. Topics include the growth of the polis and problems of early democracy; the religious, social, and cultural structures of classical Athens and Sparta; and Alexander the Great and the creation of Hellenism. Readings will be from literature and drama, rhetoric, and history, with emphasis on Herodotus and Thucydides.

HIS 2206 - Republican Rome

A survey of Roman history from the beginnings to the death of Augustus, the first emperor. Discussion will focus on sources from myth, history, epigraphy, and archaeology. Historians include Livy, Polybius, Plutarch, Sallust, and Cicero.

HIS 2208 - Roman Women

A study of Roman women within the evolving moral, religious, familial (patriarchal), political, and economic structures of the Roman world. Emphasis will be on recent methodological approaches to the study of ancient women through analysis of sources that include historians, legal and medical texts, literature, and art.

Special Opportunities

Students promoting club activities on campus.

The McDaniel History Club

The McDaniel History Club gives students the opportunity outside the classroom to share their interests and promote history studies through films, lectures, and other extracurricular activities. Annually, senior history majors give their best advice to juniors on how best to plan and carry out a successful capstone research project and everyone gets invited to the annual History Picnic.

The McDaniel Commitment in Action

The McDaniel Commitment—a series of opportunities guaranteed to all students—provides enhanced mentoring and coaching, and ensures every undergraduate student completes at least two meaningful experiential learning opportunities.

History professor Stephen Feeley and senior Josh Irvin

Deep into a summer of research, senior Josh Irvin found the proverbial needle in a haystack — the one document, a letter written in 1805 by Revolutionary War general Jeremiah Slade, that detailed the deal that enabled the Tuscarora Indian nation to sell their reservation lands in North Carolina.