1. What is the GLOBAL ANTIQUITY independent minor?
Global Antiquity is one of the first independent minors at Yale-NUS. This interdisciplinary minor was founded as a collaboration between faculty from Philosophy, History, and Literature who share research and teaching interests in antiquity and classical traditions. There is no major in Global Antiquity, but students who have committed to pursuing at least one ancient language (classical Chinese, ancient Greek, Latin, or Sanskrit) through the intermediate level can achieve the minor with only 4 additional relevant courses of their choosing (25 MC total). Our intercultural and interdisciplinary approach to the ancient world complements any major.
2. Can I go on to graduate school after a minor in GLOBAL ANTIQUITY?
Yes! A minor in Global Antiquity signals serious linguistic training and a comparative perspective on the ancient world and classical traditions: this indicates a distinctive academic specialization to graduate programs in Philosophy, History, Classics (including archaeology), Comparative Literature, Asian Languages and Cultures, or South Asian Studies.
3. Am I doomed to go to graduate school with a minor in GLOBAL ANTIQUITY?
Absolutely not! The minor is ideal for students who love learning languages, exploring the past, and traveling to exciting summer destinations in a supportive community of like-minded scholars. Some students will find the additional minor courses essential for their capstone projects, others, like the many dual degree Law students in our minor, enjoy being able to design and refine their own intellectual trajectory. Employers of all areas can appreciate the versatile writing, analytic, and visual skills of our interdisciplinarily trained students. A rich perspective on the past provides infinite models for future creativity.
4. What are the requirements for a GLOBAL ANTIQUITY minor?
To achieve the minor, students will complete 25 MC in coursework to include at least 5 MC of language: Intermediate Latin or Intermediate Greek (or any higher level course in either language); Classical Chinese (YHU2212 or higher level); or Intermediate Sanskrit (or higher). The remaining 20 MC may be selected from courses cross listed with Global Antiquity. The minor in Global Antiquity promotes a comparative and trans-regional approach. Students are strongly encouraged to pursue studies in at least two different ancient traditions.
Comparable courses taken through off-campus study or otherwise not on the current list may be approved at the discretion of the Advisor. Courses taken for a major cannot be double-counted toward the minor and all courses for the minor taken at Yale-NUS or the National University of Singapore must have a letter grade.
5. What other majors does the GLOBAL ANTIQUITY minor complement?
The PPT and LH sequence in the Common Curriculum provides an initial glimpse into the intellectually and culturally diverse range of ideas from the ancient world. Students who wish to explore a particular area or topic in antiquity can count additional Global Antiquity electives towards the minor, while pursuing major studies in any other field. While majors in History, Literature, or Philosophy may find it helpful to gain minor credit for the language training they need for their capstone research, the self-directed nature of the minor allows students to use the minor courses to satisfy their own interests whatever their major.
6. What courses count towards the GLOBAL ANTIQUITY minor?
All courses marked with * may be counted towards the minor
*YHU2212: Classical Chinese
YLG2201: Beginning Ancient Greek (formerly Intensive Elementary Greek)
*YLG2202: Intermediate Ancient Greek
*YLG3201: Advanced Ancient Greek Prose
*YLG3202: Advanced Ancient Greek Poetry
YLL1201 Beginning Latin (formerly Intensive Elementary Latin)
*YLL2201 Intermediate Latin
*YLL3201: Advanced Latin: Catullus
*YLL3202: Advanced Latin: Catiline in the Roman Elite Imagination
*YIR3311: Readings in Roman Love Elegy
YLN1201: Beginning Sanskrit 1
YIL1201S: Directed Language Study: Beginning Sanskrit
*YIL2201S: Directed Language Study: Intermediate Sanskrit
*YIL3201S Directed Language Study: Advanced Sanskrit: the Mahabharata
YHU2211: Roman Literary Cultures
YHU2214: The Story of the Stone
YHU2230: Dante and the European Middle Ages
YHU2256: Literary Genres: Ancient Epic and Gangster Film
YHU3211: Chinese Tales of the Strange
YHU3222: Ovid the Innovator
YHU3248: Food and Ethics in Roman Literature and Culture
YHU3259: World Religious Poetry
YHU3271: Love in Antiquity: Eros in Translation
YHU4227: Ancient Humor
YSS2208: Ancient Greek Political Philosophy
YHU3267: Classical Indian Philosophy of Language
YHU2252: Ancient Greek Philosophy
YHU3214: Indian Buddhist Philosophy
YSS3241: Chinese Political Philosophy
YHU4219: Doing Things with Words
YHU4229: Plato on Knowing and Being Good
YHUXXX: Socrates on Trial
YHU2271: Mediterranean World
YHU3207: The Interconnected World of 1000 CE
YHU3209: Rome: the Eternal City
YHU3215: China: Neolithic to Yuan through Archaeology
YHU3224: Warring States China: Intellectual and Political History
YHU3225: Pompeii: Art, Urban Life and Culture in the Roman Empire
YHU3252: The Age of Nero
YHU4222: The Historiography of Sima Qian (cross-listed with Literature)
YHU4231: Ancient Economies of the Mediterranean and Western Asia
YHU2201: Religions of Abraham
YHU3280: Asian Religions
YHU3223: The Self in Comparative Perspective (cross-listed with Philosophy)
7. Whom do I contact with questions about the minor?
8. What if I am interested in taking elective courses offered by a faculty outside of Yale-NUS College? Can I count this towards the requirements of the GLOBAL ANTIQUITY independent minor?
Many of our students will find courses of interest in a variety of departments at NUS, and we encourage students to browse the course offerings at NUS to supplement Yale-NUS electives. Students in Global Antiquity have received credit for study abroad, including the Yale Humanities summer course in Rome, and we advise our students carefully on appropriate institutions and programs to enhance their academic experiences. All courses taken outside of Yale-NUS are subject to approval for minor credit by the advisor.
9. How do I track my progress to meeting the requirements of the minor?
In addition to utilizing the online student audit forms, students will consult regularly with their faculty mentors in their major and the advisor for Global Antiquity to select courses that optimize their academic trajectories.