State university starts teaching Ancient History? (4)
I believe the answer is:
'state' is the definition.
(Utah is an example)
'university starts teaching ancient history?' is the wordplay.
'university' becomes 'u'.
'starts' says to take the initial letters.
The first letters of 'teaching ancient history' is 'tah'.
(Other definitions for utah that I've seen before include "American state associated with Mormons and their faith" , "State founded by Mormon" , "State, Mormon settlement" , "A hut for the Mormons, oddly" , "In USA, it's the Mormon state" .)