Early Christian

Program Coordinator: Jonathan Z. Smith, HM W403, 702-6022

Program of Study

The program in early Christian literature seeks to integrate the study of early Christianity with the study of Mediterranean life and thought from 300 B.C. to A.D. 1200.

All students in the program are required to take History 16700-16800-16900 (or its equivalent), and to attain the equivalent of two full years' study of Greek. The sequences in civilizations may be used to meet the civilization studies requirement in general education. In addition, students are expected to take a minimum of four courses in Mediterranean languages, literatures, art, history, and religions as approved by the program coordinator. Interested students should contact the program coordinator for more information about available courses.

It is possible to combine a program in early Christian literature with more general studies in religion through the Religion and the Humanities program.

Summary of Requirements


demonstrated competence in
ancient Greek equivalent to
one year of college-level study


3 one three-course sequence surveying
Mediterranean history and/or culture

3 courses in Greek language beyond the first year†

4 approved courses in Mediterranean languages, literatures, art, history,

or religions


Credit may be granted by examination.

Grading. Concentrators must receive letter grades in the required courses (i.e., Greek language and history sequence). With the consent of instructor, all other courses may be taken for either Pass or letter grading. Nonconcentrators may take any course offered by the program for either Pass or letter grading.

Honors. Students who wish to be considered for honors should consult with the program coordinator.


Jonathan Z. Smith, Robert O. Anderson Distinguished Service Professor in the Humanities and the College; Program Coordinator, Religion & the Humanities


29700. Reading and Research. PQ: Consent of program coordinator and submission of a formal proposal. Students are required to submit the College Reading and Research Course Form. J. Z. Smith. Autumn, Winter, Spring.