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The Comparative Ancient Civilizations B.A. combines the breadth of an interdisciplinary major with the focus of more traditional majors like History or Classical Civilization. By undertaking a comparison of several major cultures of the past that have continued im portance in the construction of our present world, the program affords a truly liberal education. Students have a unique opportunity to employ the methods of humanities and social sciences in their major study. They acquire skills of historical and social analysis, multicultural awareness, insight into constructions of gender and sexuality,
and mental flexibility.

The major is an excellent choice as a double major taken along with any of the traditional disciplines to add distinction and intellectual breadth to one’s background.

Education Abroad Program (EAP)

Through the Education Abroad Program, UCR students can add an international perspective to their education by studying and living in another country while earning UC credit. The Education Abroad Program is an excellent opportunity to lean more about another country and its culture while taking long programs, a wide range of shorter options are also available. While on EAP, students are still eligible for financial assistance. Students are advised to plan study abroad well in advance so as to ensure that the courses taken fit with their overall program back at UCR. For further details see the University of California's EAP website or contact UCR's Education Abroad Program and Opportunities Abroad Program at (951) 827-2508. 

Undergraduate Research and Special Studies

The interdisciplinary nature of the Comparative Ancient Civilizations program requires that students and faculty make use of a breadth of approaches to the comparative project, including those of the humanities and social sciences disciplines and, where appropriate, scientific approaches. The focus on ancient civilizations constitutes the common ground of interest, yet the novelty of combining approaches will result in fresh views of what constituted those cultures and what actively informs our own today. Working closely with their professors, students will have a unique opportunity to apply all of these approaches and acquire skills of historical and social analysis, multicultural awareness, and mental flexibility. Students also will develop, in consultation with their advisors, an individualized emphasis on one or two ancient civilizations to obtain special depth in those areas.

The University Honors Program offers lower-division courses taught by distinguished faculty and introduces undergraduates to the challenges and rewards of scholarship and research from the beginning of their undergraduate careers. In the upper division, the program invites outstanding students to design and produce honors theses and projects under individual faculty supervision, through the departmental Honors Program, highly qualified students are invited to conduct a research thesis of their own initiative and design in collaboration with a faculty member. Participation in the Honors Program is the capstone of an excellent education.

Through the Education Abroad Program, UCR students can add and international perspective to their education by studying and living in another country while earning UC credit.

Academic Advising

A designated Comparative Ancient Civilizations faculty member provides advising, consulting closely with each student to devise an individual curriculum tailored to the student's interests and career goals.

Preparing for Transfer

Students planning to transfer to UCR as a Comparative Ancient Civilizations major should:

  1. meet the UC admission requirements for transfer;
  2. complete the coursework requirements;
  3. complete the breadth requirements for UCR's College of Humanities, Arts and Social sciences, preferably by following the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum, IGETC.

Related Literature and References

UCR currently has articulation agreements with most of the California community college. These agreements list specific community college courses that have been designated as comparable to UCR courses. The articulation agreements are available at the statewide articulation Web site, http://www.assist.org or at California community colleges.

Detailed information about UCR's admission requirements is presented in the UC publications, Application for Undergraduate Admission & Scholarships, Introducing the University, and Answers for Transfers, and in the UC Riverside General Catalog. The UC publications are available at http://www.ucop.edu/pathways and at California high schools and community colleges. The UC Riverside General Catalog is online at http://www.ucr.edu and for purchase through the UCR Bookstore, (951) 827-4211.