FAQs

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?

See ‘Courses’ tab for this year’s offerings as well as previous courses cross-listed with the Minor.

7. Whom do I contact with questions about the minor?

Feel free to approach any of the professors listed on the Global Antiquity website to discuss your intellectual interests, or you may consult the advisor, Professor Steven Green.

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.