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Ancient Languages and Cultures: MS, MA

Ancient Languages and Cultures

The MA and MS in Ancient Languages and Cultures focus on the historical methods and ancient languages necessary to prepare students for admission to and success at doctoral programs in fields that require those skills. These fields include classics; ancient, medieval, and early modern history; religious studies; and related disciplines in literature, theology, divinity, philosophy, and art history. For students who wish to build on their undergraduate education in ancient languages and cultures, this degree offers a chance to gain access to premier universities and lay the foundation for a successful academic career.

Our classics faculty have specialties in ancient history, intellectual history and classical drama. Other faculty members participating in the program have specialties in Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, early modern Europe, as well as African, Latin American, and environmental history. Professors work with students individually to design a course of study tailored to the students’ needs.


The ALC program develops expertise in ancient languages and the discipline of history as well as broader skills in the liberal arts. Thus, the curriculum not only provides specialized academic training but also prepares students to work in a variety of fields after completing a PhD. In general, historical study develops one’s ability to investigate problems, identify reliable sources, analyze information, contextualize complex questions, and communicate conclusions in a clear and thoughtful manner.

Students who complete a master’s degree in Ancient Languages and Cultures and then go on to pursue a Ph.D in a related field can find work in: academic programs, historical societies, museums, archives and libraries and databases.

Mark Damen, PhD, University of Texas - Austin
Professor
Area: Latin and Greek languages, ancient civilization, classical drama
Office: MAIN 307
Email: mark.damen@usu.edu


Frances Titchener, PhD, University of Texas - Austin
Professor
Area: Ancient Greece and Rome, Ancient Biography and Historiography, Latin and Greek
Office: MAIN 310
Phone: (435) 797-1298
Email: frances.titchener@usu.edu


Susan O. Shapiro, PhD, University of Texas - Austin
Associate Professor
Area: Ancient Western civilization, Latin and Greek, Greek intellectual history
Office: MAIN 323 D
Phone: (435) 797-2091
Email: susan.o.shapiro@usu.edu


Ravi Gupta, PhD, University of Oxford
Professor-Charles Redd Chair of Religious Studies
Area: World Religions, Hinduism, Interfaith Dialogue, Religion in Performance
Office: MAIN 321
Phone: (435) 797-1196
Email: ravi.gupta@usu.edu


Dominic Sur, PhD, University of Virginia
Assistant Professor
Area: Asian Intellectual and Cultural History, Literature, Philosophy
Office: MAIN 321T
Phone: (435) 797-9058
Email: dominic.sur@usu.edu


Susan Cogan, PhD, University of Colorado
Assistant Professor
Area: Early Modern Europe
Office: Main 321J
Phone: (435) 797-1106
Email: susan.cogan@usu.edu


Julia Gossard, PhD, University of Texas at Austin
Assistant Professor
Area: Early Modern Europe & World (proficient in Medieval & Modern as well); French History; Social History; History of Childhood, Children, & Youth; Gender & Sexuality; History of Education; History of Social Reform; Atlantic History
Office: Main 323F
Phone: (435) 797-0870
Email: julia.gossard@usu.edu


Danielle Ross, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Assistant Professor
Area: Islam, Central Asia, South Asia, Middle East, Colonialism, Revolution
Office: Main 323I
Phone: (435) 797-3791
Email: danielle.ross@usu.edu


Christopher Conte, PhD, Michigan State University
Associate Professor
Department: History Department
Area: Africa, world, and environmental history
Office: MAIN 323 G
Phone: (435) 797-1303
Email: chris.conte@usu.edu


James Sanders, PhD, University of Pittsburgh
Professor
Area: Latin America, Atlantic world
Office: MAIN 323 E
Phone: (435) 797-1294
Email: james.sanders@usu.edu


Abdulkafi Albirini, Ph.D, Linguistics (SLA, Sociolinguistics), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Associate professor
Department: History Department
Area: Sociolinguistics, bilingualism, pragmatics
Office: Main 202H
Phone: (435) 797-8630
Email: abdulkafi.albirini@usu.edu



Professional Organizations, Honor Societies, and Clubs

American Historical Association: The American Historical Association was founded in 1884 and was incorporated by Congress in 1889 to serve the broad field of history. It encompasses every historical period and geographical area and serves professional historians in all areas of employment.

Phi Alpha Theta: This professional society has a mission to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication, and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians.

The Society for Classical Studies: The Society for Classical Studies (SCS), founded as the American Philological Association in 1869 by "professors, friends, and patrons of linguistic science," is the principal learned society in North America for the study of ancient Greek and Roman languages, literatures, and civilizations.

The Classical Association of the Middle West and South: The Classical Association of the Middle West and South is an organization for Classics (Latin and Greek) teachers at all levels, undergraduate and graduate students, and anyone else who enjoys learning about the world of classical antiquity.

The Utah Classical Association: The Utah Classical Association is a forum for primary, secondary and post-secondary educators to collaborate in the teaching of Latin and classics in Utah.


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Academic Advising

Mark Damen
Professor
Office: MAIN 307
Email: mark.damen@usu.edu



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