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BA Archeology

Archaeology Program objectives:

  • To provide instruction in the methodology and interpretation of archaeological data as it relates to the people, places, and events of the Bible.
  • To provide the necessary tools and skills for linguistic/exegetical, historical, archaeological, and anthropological analyses.
  • To qualify students to pursue graduate work in classical or Near Eastern archaeology and museum studies and to provide a major for students involved in pre-professional programs. 

Admission to Archaeology

The Archaeology major is a liberal arts major for students interested in preparing for graduate studies in archaeology, museum studies, cultural resource management, or as preparation for a professional field such as medicine, dentistry, law, or education. Students choosing to major in Archaeology must consult with the director of the Institute of Archaeology to determine their area of interest in Near Eastern or classical studies and to lay plans for participation in the Middle East Study Tour and in the archaeological fieldwork.

The four-year degree candidate may apply the required 12 hours of general education courses in religion toward the hours for the major, thus reducing the number of extra courses needed to qualify.

Core Courses

RELB 237 Archaeology and the OT
RELB 247 Archaeology and the NT
RELB 340 Middle East Study Tour
RELB 455 Archaeological Fieldwork
RELB 497 Archaeological Method & Theory   
RELP 257 Museum Education
RELP 435 Levantine Ceramic Typology
Semitic Biblical Studies and Archaeology (2 courses):
RELB 477 Exodus, Egyptian Warfare, and Archaeology
RELB 479 Biblical Imagery and the Archaeology of Near Eastern Images
RELB 481 David, Solomon, and the Archaeology of State Formation
RELB 483 Sanctuary, Temple, and the Archaeology of Religion


Choose a Concentration

Classical Studies

RELL 191 New Testament Greek I
RELL 192 New Testament Greek II
RELL 221 Intro to Biblical Exegesis
RELL 331 Intermediate Greek
RELB 435 New Testament Studies I
RELB 436 New Testament Studies II

Required Cognates

ARTH 344 Ancient Art History (writing class)
ELIT 445 Ancient Classics (writing class)

Recommended Courses

Intermediate French or German
ARTH 465 Museum Studies 

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Near Eastern Studies

RELL 181 Biblical Hebrew I 
RELL 182 Biblical Hebrew II 
RELL 221 Intro to Biblical Exegesis 
RELL 330 Intermediate Hebrew 
RELB 245 Old Testament Studies I 
RELB 246 Old Testament Studies II 

Required Cognates

ARTH 344 Ancient Art History (writing course)

Recommended Courses

Intermediate French or German 
ARTH 465 Museum Studies

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