Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations

The ancient world is still alive.

You’ll immerse yourself in more than two millennia of some of the world’s most influential civilizations, while studying their histories, arts, religions, philosophies, economies, literatures, languages and political systems and evaluating their contributions to the modern world. With AMC’s highly integrated curriculum, you’ll acquire a broad perspective on the beginnings of the society in which we live today.

AMC stresses the critical evaluation of ancient evidence through close reading of ancient texts and the careful examination of art and material culture. Writing and research play an important role in the AMC curriculum, as students explore and share their interests. Through debate and discussion, students and professors analyze ancient ideas for their own sake and for how they have helped shape the West.

In conjunction with course work, the Rice AMC major also includes opportunities to participate in foreign study programs, such as the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome and the College Year in Athens, as well as the possibility for internships at local museums and involvement in archaeological digs.

By focusing on the interactions of great civilizations in the past and by exploring our encounters with them, AMC reaches across academic boundaries and beyond the classroom and promises you an exciting and innovative course of study at Rice. AMC graduates have become successful as college professors, doctors, lawyers, engineers, editors, teachers and in many other professions. The knowledge gained through studying the civilizations of antiquity and their influence on the present is an invaluable resource that will inform and influence you long after graduation.

One AMC graduate wrote, "Not only does AMC grant you the freedom to select your courses from a wide variety of interesting disciplines, it also boasts some of the most outstanding professors at Rice."