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 colloquium and a capstone experience. Of the ten required full-unit courses, six constitute the core courses to the major:

  • Cultural Anthropology (ANTH 229) or Anthropological Theory (ANTH 344)
  • Survey of Art: Ancient, Medieval and Non-Western Art (ART 222)
  • Ancient History (HIST 210) or The Hellenistic-Roman Cultural World (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:

At least one of these courses must be at the 102 level or above. Akkadian, Arabic, Classical Greek, Coptic, or Modern Hebrew may be substituted. The study of German and/or French is also strongly recommended for those planning to pursue graduate studies in the field.

The final two courses needed to finish the major are from related disciplines. At least two one of these courses must be numbered 200 or above, chosen from the following:

Other courses from the fields of art, economics, history, literature, philosophy, political science, and religion (or other related fields), including internships and independent study projects, may be substituted subject to approval by the supervisory committee. When declared majors studying on campus, 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 take colloquium (ARCH 348) 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.


An interdisciplinary minor in Archaeology and Culture of the Ancient Near east and Mediterranean requires completion of one archaeology course from Biblical Archaeology (REL 226) or Field Archaeology (ANTH 401/ARCH 401/REL 401), and four additional full-unit courses—at least three of which must be numbered 200 or higher—from:

At least two of these courses must be from outside the Religion Department.

For more information, please refer to the College Catalog.