Bachelor of Arts in Archeology and Classics
The Archaeology and Classics program offers the student the opportunity of combining the study of archaeology 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 Archaeology 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 archaeology and cultural heritage of the Mediterranean world.
- To provide students with the educational background to find employment in the field of Classics, archaeology or cultural heritage of the Mediterranean world.
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, qualitative and/or quantitative data and linguistic skills.
- Knowledge of the historical background of the cultures if the Mediterranean and its impact upon contemporary social and political issues
- Ethical competency regarding the concerns of heritage practice within a multi-cultural society.
The Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology and Classics requires successful completion of 120 credits made up of a 41-credit General Education requirement, a 39 to 45 credit major and 34 to 40 credits of free electives. Students must achieve a cumulative grade point average of no less than 2.00 on a 4.00 with no D and no more than one grade of C- in core courses required for the major (21 credits). The major comprises core courses covering Archaeology, Ancient History, and Ancient Art and electives which may focus on Cultural Heritage or Screen Media.
Unless otherwise stated in the course syllabus, students are responsible for all entrance fees to museums, art galleries and archeological sites.
Unless otherwise stated, each course carries three credits.
Requirements for the Degree
> The General Education Requirements
- Foundational Skills: (First Year Seminar, Writing skills, Quantitative and Scientific Reasoning, Italian language. IT skills, Information Literacy, Oral Presentation skills). Archaeology and Classics General Education Requirements.
- The Individual in a Multicultural Society
- United States Government and Society
- Roma Caput Mundi
> Core Courses
- AHAR 101 Arts of Antiquity
- ARC 104 Investigating Archaeology: Methods and Techniques for Analyzing the Past
- CLHS 205 Rome: Republic and Empire
- One Upper-Level Archeology course
- One Upper-Level Classical studies course
- ARC 498 Capstone Experience (Research Methodology and Bibliography; 3 credits)
- ARC 499 Capstone Experience (Thesis; 3 credits)
> Archaeology and Classics Electives
Students majoring in Archaeology and Classics may choose their major electives in one of the following three ways:
- By choosing 18 credits of Archaeology and Classics electives; or
- By choosing 24 credits of Archaeology and Classics electives of which 12 credits focus on Cultural Heritage
- By choosing 24 credits of Archaeology and Classics electives of which 12 credits focus on Screen Media
> Free Electives
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.