The graduate certificate in Ancient and Classical History is designed for students interested in ancient and classical Greece and Roman history from their beginnings to the Age of Constantine. This online program emphasizes the medieval world in light of the changing social, political, and religious environments that led to the Renaissance. The growth of humanism, art, sculpture, architecture, market economies, city-states and monarchies of the Holy Roman Empire, and religious upheavals of Protestantism, Anabaptists, and Catholic Reformation are examined.

Certificate Objectives

Upon successful completion of this certificate, the student will be able to:

  • Explain and critique Ancient Greece’s political, economic, social, and intellectual movements.
  • Explain and critique Roman history from its beginnings until the Age of Constantine including the political and social developments in the Republic and the early empire.
  • Examine and appraise great Byzantium leaders, the spread of Christianity throughout the Roman Empire, the recapture of Constantinople from the crusaders, and the impact of Byzantium culture on Western intellect.
  • Explain and assess European social, political, economic and religious institutions and cultural and intellectual phenomena in the light of the changing historical environment from the end of the Ancient World to the Renaissance.
  • Explain and assess the medieval church and rise of the Renaissance papacy; growth of humanism, including painters, architects, and sculptors; city-states and monarchies of the Holy Roman Empire; religious upheavals of Protestantism; Anabaptists; the Catholic Reformation.

Certificate Requirements (18 semester hours)

HIST510Graduate Seminar in World History3
HIST531The Greek Civilization3
HIST532The Roman Republic and Empire3
HIST533Late Antiquity and Byzantium3
HIST534Medieval Europe3
HIST535Renaissance and Reformation3
Total Semester Hours18