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Undergraduate Program

Program 3 - Archaeology


This program brings together faculty from a variety of departments in a major that combines academic training in archaeology with practical experience on excavations (participating in a summer excavation project is normally required). Students will specialize in an area of particular interest, but will also engage in comparative study of different cultures. Each student will design an individual course of study with the advice of the program adviser (Professor Robert Bagley for fall 08, Professor Thomas Leisten for spring 09).

Prerequisites: Any two Department of Art and Archaeology courses in the Ancient area or other courses related to archaeology as approved by the program adviser.

Course Requirements: A total of ten courses in the Department of Art and Archaeology or approved cognates. These must include Art 400 (Junior Seminar), Art 401 (Introduction to Archaeology), and four more Art and Archaeology courses approved by the program adviser in four of the five areas: the Americas (Pre-Columbian); Egypt/Ancient Near East; Mediterranean/Ancient European; Islamic; and Central Asia/East Asia. The remaining four courses, which need not be in the Art and Archaeology department, must include two courses in the history, art, and/or literature of a single culture. A student with a special interest in classical antiquity, for example, might take courses in the Classics department. Other possibilities include certain courses in religion, anthropology, geology, chemistry, and materials science/conservation, languages (up to two language courses beyond the 100-level may count toward the major).

Cognates: No cognates are accepted for the four courses taken in the Department of Art and Archaeology.

Junior Independent Work: Same as for Program One, except that the two junior papers should be on archaeological topics.

Senior Independent Work: Same as for Program One, except that the thesis must be on an archaeological topic.

Senior Departmental Examination: Same as for Program One.