Why Pre-Modern and Ancient World Studies?
“We are like dwarfs sitting on the shoulders of giants; we perceive more and see farther than they, but not because we have better vision, nor because we are taller than they, but because they have lifted us up and added their gigantic height to ours.”
These words of Bernard of Chartres ring as true today as when he first penned them in the twelfth century. Current events serve as a daily reminder of the role that the past plays in the twenty-first century and how much of our own culture rests firmly upon past accomplishments. In order to make our students fully global citizens, it is imperative that they understand the cultures which shape the world today. The minor in Pre-Modern and Ancient World Studies (PAST) allows students to study the past from a variety of perspectives and to make connections across time and space. Such experiences will make them better global citizens.
Unlike traditional Ancient, Medieval or Early Modern Studies programs that focus on Western Europe, the PAST minor at Wittenberg provides a global perspective. Students can elect, for example, to take courses in pre-modern Asia or Africa, as well as the Ancient Near East, Egypt, the Mediterranean, Eastern and Western Europe.
Minor: Pre-Modern and Ancient World Studies
Requirements for the Minor:
A minor in Pre-Modern and Ancient World Studies consists of 22 hours distributed in the following way: PAST 400 Capstone Seminar (2 hours), an additional 20 hours, of which 8 hours must be at the advanced level and from at least two different areas of study with no more than three courses from any one department. Areas of study include: Art, Economics, English, History, Literature and Language, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, and Theatre.
To provide coherence to the minor, students should decide in consultation with their PAST faculty adviser on a distribution: chronological, thematic or comparative.
In addition, topics courses in these departments and others are approved to meet Pre-Modern and Ancient World Studies minor requirements as the selected topics warrant. Other types of courses may also be offered with a Pre-Modern and Ancient World Studies emphasis and be approved for PAST credit. Current PAST courses will be listed in the master schedule each semester. Students may also receive PAST credit for study abroad experience upon petition to the PAST faculty up to 10 hours. The remaining 12 hours, which include the 2-hour PAST seminar, must be completed with PAST Wittenberg faculty.