Bachelor of Arts in Archeology and Classics
The Archeology and Classics program offers the student the opportunity of combining the study of archeology with classics in the unique context of the city of Rome. Drawing upon a wide range of high-level academic and practical skills the student will receive a thorough liberal arts education which also focuses upon preparation for the workplace. In addition to traditional courses in Ancient History and Classics students have the possibility to excavate archeological sites, explore the ethical concerns of preservation and restoration as well as the management and marketing of the heritage recovered.
Students are encouraged to participate in archeological field work opportunities arranged through the department which provide a good foundation in archeological techniques and the opportunity to develop teamwork skills in a multicultural environment with international collaborators. Students can choose to follow a traditional Liberal Arts program in Archeology and Classics or to combine this with either a focus on Cultural Heritage or Screen Media. The focus on Cultural Heritage will help prepare students for a career in arts or heritage management. The focus on Screen Media combines the critical thinking skills of a Liberal Arts degree with a preparation in the media skills required for journalistic, television or documentary work.
- To provide a high quality education that will give students the necessary skills for a highly evolving field of employment.
- To develop cross cultural sensitivity with particular regard to the management of, and research into, the archeology and cultural heritage of the Mediterranean world.
- To provide students with the educational background to find employment in the field of archeology or cultural heritage or the presentation of the past to the public through themedia, or to prepare them for graduate studies in these areas.
Students graduating from this program will have the following core competencies:
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- The ability to conduct research using appropriate information literacy and linguistic skills.
- The historical background to the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean and its impact upon contemporary social and political issues.
- Ethical competency regarding the concerns of heritage restoration and preservation within a multi-cultural society.
- Good practice and ethical management and marketing skills for not-for-profit organizations.
The Bachelor of Arts in Archeology and Classics requires successful completion of 120 credits made up of a 40-credit general education requirement, a 36 to 42 credit major and 38 to 44 credits of free electives. Students must achieve a cumulative grade point average of no less than 2.00 on a 4.00 scale, and earn at least a C grade (2.00) in all core courses (18 credits). The major comprises core courses covering Archeology, Ancient History, and Ancient Art and electives which may focus on Cultural Heritage or Screen Media.
Requirements for the Degree
A. Proficiency in English, Mathematics and Italian Language
A note on our Proficiency Requirements and Placement Examinations: All new first-year students are required to take placement examinations in mathematics and English. New transfer students are exempt from taking the examinations only if transfer credits in mathematics and/or English have been accepted by AUR. Italian language tests are given for students wishing to register for a course above ITL 101 (optional). The tests are given during orientation week preceding the start of each semester. The scores obtained will be used for English, mathematics and Italian placement.
B. The General Education Requirements
- Foundational Skills: First Year Seminar; Writing Skills; Quantitative and Scientific Reasoning; Italian language; IT skills; Information Literacy; Oral Presentation Skills
- The Individual in a Multicultural Society; Three courses from a list in the Catalog
- United States Government and Society; One course from a list in the Catalog
- Roma Caput Mundi; One course from a list in the Catalog
C. Core Courses
- ARC 100 Archeology of Rome
- AHAR 101 Arts of Antiquity OR ARC 101 Roman Archeology On-site
- CLHS 205 Rome: Republic and Empire
- ARC 300 Archeology of Roman Identity
- One upper-level Classical Heritage course
- ARC 498 Capstone Experience (Seminar)
- ARC 499 Capstone Experience (Thesis)
Archeology and Classics Electives
Students majoring in Archeology and Classics may choose their major electives in one of the following three ways:
- By choosing 18 credits of Archeology and Classics electives; or
- By choosing 24 credits of Archeology and Classics electives of which 12 credits focus on Cultural Heritage students can major in Archeology and Classics with Cultural Heritage; or
- By choosing 24 credits of Archeology and Classics of which 12 credits focus on Screen Media, students can major in Archeology and Classics with Screen Media
Free electives can be used towards satisfying a minor, to supplement a major or to explore other academic areas. The number of free electives can vary according to the choices made but they should be sufficient to give a total of 120 credits.