Admission to major: Good academic standing
Minimum hours required for major: 36
Minimum hours required for minor: 18
Advising: Freshmen, sophomores, and transfer students, as well as other interested students, should contact the CLAM director as early as possible to be assigned a faculty adviser. The CLAM director is Dr. Laura Wertheimer; RT 1936; phone 216-687-3930; e-mail email@example.com.
The Classical and Medieval Studies program at Cleveland State University (CLAM) is an interdisciplinary program drawing upon the faculty of eight academic areas within the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences: Art, English, History, Modern Languages, Music, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Theatre & Dance. The CLAM program offers a Bachelor of Arts degree, a minor, and also provides courses for students in other majors with interests in the classical and medieval periods.
Students within the CLAM program study a rich range of cultures that existed within the ancient and medieval civilizations of the Mediterranean world, Europe, and the Middle East. These civilizations were dynamic, varied, and constantly changing as they developed internally and as they interacted with each other in the domains of politics, commerce, warfare, religion, philosophy, and the arts. Many of our heterogeneous cultural traditions in North America trace their origins to the civilizations of this period: among them are our democratic ideals and republican institutions, Judeo-Christian and Islamic religious traditions, and many of our traditions in philosophy, the arts, architecture, and literature.
During the course of their work, students learn the particular methodologies and approaches of a variety of academic disciplines, such as history, philosophy, philology, literature and art. Completion of the CLAM major, therefore, also provides students with a solid background in the liberal arts. The CLAM major, aside from satisfying personal interests, prepares students for a range of academic and professional pursuits. CLAM students pursue careers in teaching, law, archeology, religious ministry, education, and museum and archive work, to name a few. Courses taken to satisfy the CLAM major requirements may also meet college or university general education requirements; a CLAM student will often be able to complete a double major or minor in one of the participating departments by taking only a few additional courses.
A minimum total number of 128 credit hours are required for every student in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. All degree seeking, CLASS students must complete a specific number of General Education (GenEd) requirements which are comprised of University and College requirements. This is in addition to the credits for their major field of study. Students are responsible for ensuring the appropriate selection of courses to satisfy GenEd requirements. Students are highly encouraged to consult with both their general education advisor and faculty advisor regarding the applicability of selected courses each semester. A comprehensive description of Cleveland State University’s General Education Requirements for undergraduate students is available online at http://www.csuohio.edu/academic/gened/summarytable.html.