Assistant Professor: Knauth (Coordinator)
The interdisciplinary major in Archaeology and Culture of the Ancient Near East is designed to acquaint students with the "cradle of Western civilization." The major requires completion of ten courses relevant to the study of the ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern worlds plus a capstone experience. Of the ten required courses, five constitute the core courses to the major:
- Survey of Art: Ancient, Medieval and Non-Western Art (ART 222)
- Ancient History (HIST 210) or Roots of Early Christianity (REL 323)
- Biblical Archaeology (REL 226)
- History and Culture of the Ancient Near East (REL 328)
- Archaeological Theory and Method (ARCH 449)
Intended majors must also complete two semesters of ancient language study from:
Second-year ancient language courses, Arabic, Classical Greek, Coptic, or Modern Hebrew may be substituted for the above languages. The study of German and/or French is also strongly recommended for those planning to pursue graduate studies in the field.
The final three courses needed to finish the major are from related disciplines. At least two of these courses must be numbered 200 or above. At least two of the three required courses should be from the following:
- Ancient History (HIST 210) or Roots of Early Christianity (REL 323) (Not counting as a core course)
- Anthropology (SOC 114), (SOC 229), (SOC 336), (SOC 337)
- Biblical Literature (REL 113), (REL 114), (REL 333), (REL 337), (REL 433)
- Classical Literature (ENGL 225)
- Geology (ASTR 102) or (ASTR 112), (ASTR 104)
- Ancient Greek Philosophy (PHIL 301)
- History of Science and Metaphysics (PHIL 223) and History of Social and Political Philosophy (PHIL 224) together may substitute for Ancient Greek Philosophy
- Judaism and/or Islam (HIST 232), (REL 210), (REL 211), (REL 212)
- War and Peace in the Middle East (PSCI 327)
Juniors and seniors in the program are required to complete the Archaeology Colloquium (ARCH 348, 448) every semester that it is offered. Students considering study abroad in their junior year should attend colloquium in their sophomore year.
The program's capstone consists of a practical experience (participating in an approved field school or a relevant internship), colloquium presentation, and portfolio review which must be completed by each student.
For more information, please refer to the College Catalog.