Assistant Professor: Robin Knauth (Program 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:

1. Five core courses:

  • ART 222 – Survey of Art: Ancient, Medieval and Non-Western Art
  • HIST 210 – Ancient History, or
    REL 323 – Roots of Early Christianity
  • REL 226 – Biblical Archaeology
  • REL 328 – History and Culture of the Ancient Near East
  • ARCH 449 – Archaeological Theory and Method

2. Two semesters of ancient language study from:

  • GRK 101-102 – New Testament Grammar and Readings
  • HEBR 101-102 – Old Testament Grammar and Readings
  • LAT 101-102 – Latin Grammar and Readings

(Second-year ancient language courses, Arabic, Classical Greek, Coptic, or Modern Hebrew may be substituted.)

Although not included in the major, the study of German and/or French is strongly recommended for those planning to pursue graduate studies in the field.

3. Three courses from related disciplines, at least two of which must be numbered 200 or above:

a) At least two must be taken from the following:

  • HIST 210 or REL 323 (not counting as a core course);
  • Anthropology (SOC 114, 229, 336, or 337);
  • Biblical literature (REL 113, 114, 333, 337, 433);
  • Classical literature (ENGL 225);
  • Geology (ASTR 102 or 112, 104);
  • Ancient Greek philosophy (PHIL 301; PHIL 223+224 may substitute for PHIL 301);
  • Judaism and/or Islam (HIST 232; REL 210, 211, 212);
  • Middle Eastern politics (PSCI 327).

b) Other courses from the fields of art, economics, history, literature, philosophy, political science, and religion (or other related fields), including independent study projects, may be applied to the major, subject to advance approval by the supervisory committee.

4. Archaeology Colloquium:

When declared majors studying on campus, juniors and seniors are required to complete ARCH 348/448 every semester that it is offered for a maximum of four semesters.

Students considering study abroad in their junior year should take ARCH 348 in their sophomore year.

5. The capstone experience consists of the following components:

1) Practical Experience:

All students must either:
  • participate in an approved archaeological field school (students must keep and submit a journal documenting all aspects of the experience); or
  • complete a relevant internship (students must keep and submit a journal documenting the experience).

2) Colloquium Presentation:

Majors are required to give a colloquium presentation in their senior year. The presentation will normally be based on the student’s ARCH 449 seminar research project and/or practical experience, and must present significant independent research relating to archaeology.

3) Portfolio:

Senior majors must submit a portfolio of their best work from contributing courses, representing their level of mastery in the related disciplines. The portfolio will also include a short essay briefly reflecting on the student’s experience in the major.

The portfolio and dig/internship journal will be submitted for approval at the time of the senior colloquium presentation or within one week thereafter, along with a hard copy of the colloquium presentation and write-up of underlying research. The final seminar paper and subsequently completed major papers will be added during the final semester as they are completed.

The following courses satisfy the cultural diversity requirement: ART 222, PSCI 327, REL 210, 211, 212, 226, 328, 333, SOC 229, 336, 337. The following courses, when scheduled as W courses, count toward the writing intensive requirement: ARCH 449, ART 222, ENGL 225, PHIL 301, REL 323, 333, 337, 433.


An interdisciplinary minor in Archaeology and Culture of the Ancient Near East requires completion of one archaeology course from REL 226 or ARCH/REL 401, and four additional courses—at least three of which must be numbered 200 or higher—from ARCH/REL 401, ARCH 421, ART 222, ASTR 102 or 112, HIST 210, HIIST 232 or REL 212, REL 113 or 114 or 210 or 333, REL 224, 226, 323, 328, SOC 114 or 229, SOC 336 or 337. At least two of these courses must be from outside the Religion Department.