Greek, Latin, and Ancient Mediterranean Studies


The GLAM department offers two separate major tracks:

GLAM also offers a standing interdisciplinary major with the religion department:

For each major, a student must pass the junior qual and complete a senior thesis.


Requirements for the Major with Concentration in Greek and Latin Language and Literature

  1. Three units of 300-level language in Greek or Latin.
  2. Two units of the other language.
  3. Two units of ancient Mediterranean studies (ANME) in history or archaeology.
  4. Junior qualifying examination.
  5. Ancient Mediterranean Studies 470.

Recommended but not required:

  1. Additional units in ancient Mediterranean studies courses, including Advanced Greek or Advanced Latin.
  2. French, German, or both.
  3. Relevant courses in other subjects such as anthropology, art history, linguistics, literary theory, philosophy, religion, and comparative race and ethnicity studies.

Requirements for the Major with Concentration in History and Archaeology of the Ancient Mediterranean

  1. Two units of ancient Mediterranean studies in ancient history.
  2. Two units of ancient Mediterranean studies in archaeology.
  3. Three units of Greek and/or Latin, at least one of which must be at the 200 level or higher.
  4. Three further units of Greek, Latin, or ancient Mediterranean studies; two of these units may, with department approval, be satisfied by two units in one of the following areas:
    1. Anthropology: 211 plus one other unit.
    2. History: any two units (including courses with a historical focus or methodology in other departments).
    3. Religion: any two units.
    4. Art history: Art 201 plus one other unit.
  5. Junior qualifying examination.
  6. Ancient Mediterranean Studies 470.

Recommended but not required:

  1. Statistics.
  2. Other relevant courses in subjects such as anthropology, art history, or history.
  3. French, German, or both.

Requirements for the Religion-Ancient Mediterranean Studies Major

  1. Greek (111, 112, 210), 311, 312, or Latin (110, 210), 311, 312.
  2. Two units of ANME 370-389.
  3. Any 100-level religion course and two additional religion courses at the 300 level or above; Religion 201; Religion 402 (The Junior Seminar in Religion).
  4. Religion-Ancient Mediterranean Studies Junior Qualifying Exam.
  5. Religion-Ancient Mediterranean Studies 470 (thesis).

Junior Qualifying Exam

Students in both major tracks take a junior qualifying exam. The GLAM junior qualifying exam consists of a specific assignment written in a class taken with a GLAM professor in either the fall or spring semester of junior year. These assignments focus on engaging with given primary and secondary sources, and will be offered in the advanced Greek and Latin classes and all history, archaeology, and literature classes (courses labeled ANME). The qual culminates in a 30-minute oral examination with two department faculty members. More detail can be found in the GLAM Department Junior Qual Guide.

*Note: The Religion-Ancient Mediterranean Studies (REAM) junior qualifying exam is prepared by the Religion-Ancient Mediterranean Studies committee on an ad hoc basis. Students declaring in REAM should consult with their advisers about their qual.


All Reed students are required to complete a two-semester senior thesis. Students choose and refine their thesis topics during the first few weeks of the semester in which they are registered for thesis (AMNE 470). The department assigns thesis advisers and first readers at the beginning of each semester. At the end of the first semester, students meet with the adviser and first reader to discuss thesis progress (usually at least one complete chapter draft and a prospectus). In the spring semester, the department hosts senior thesis symposia; each senior is expected to offer a formal, 20-minute presentation of their research to the rest of the department. The final draft of the thesis is read additionally by a reader from the Division of Literature and Languages (assigned by the Division) and an outside member of the faculty or staff in accordance with college-wide guidelines. Additional information about the thesis process can be found in both the GLAM Department Thesis Guidelines and the Divisional Guidelines. Students working on any research project related to GLAM are encouraged to consult the GLAM Library Research Guide. Past theses can be found in the Thesis Tower in the Reed Library and in the GLAM/Religion student lounge on the second floor of the ETC. Reed community members can browse the Reed Electronic Theses Archive.