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Southern Adventist University offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Archaeology with two possible concentrations. Students majoring in archaeology will be prepared to undertake graduate studies in archaeology, museum studies, or cultural resource management. Some students may choose archaeology in preparation for professional studies in medicine, education, business, or law. The Near Eastern Studies concentration covers the time period of the ancient Near East from its beginnings to 332 B.C. The Classical Studies concentration focuses of the Greco-Roman world. Completion of the major includes the Middle East Study Tour and participation in an archaeological excavation.

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CURRICULUM

In addition to Southern’s general education requirements, all archaeology majors must take:

CORE COURSES

RELB 237 Archaeology and the Old Testament (3 hrs)
RELB 247 Archaeology and the New Testament (3 hrs)
RELB 340 Middle East Study Tour (3 hrs)
RELB 455 Archaeological Fieldwork (3 hrs)
RELB 497 Archaeological Method and Theory (3 hrs)
RELP 257 Museum Education (1 hr)
RELP 435 Levantine Ceramic Typology (1 hr)

SELECT SIX (6) HOURS FROM THE FOLLOWING

RELB 477 Exodus, Egyptian Warfare, and Archaeology (W*) (3 hrs)
RELB 479 Biblical Imagery and the Archaeology of Near Eastern Images (W*) (3 hrs)
RELB 481 David, Solomon, and the Archaeology of State Formation (W*) (3 hrs)
RELB 483 Sanctuary, Temple, and the Archaeology of Religion (W*) (3 hrs)

CLASSICAL STUDIES EMPHASIS (17 hours)

RELL 191, 192 New Testament Greek I, II (3, 3 hrs)
RELL 221 Introduction to Biblical Exegesis (2 hrs)
RELL 331 Intermediate Greek (3 hrs)
RELB 435, 436 New Testament Studies I, II (3, 3 hrs)

REQUIRED COGNATES

ARTH 344 Ancient Art History (W*) (3 hrs)
ENGL 445 Ancient Classics (W*) (3 hrs)

RECOMMENDED

 Intermediate French or German (6 hrs)
ARTH 465 T: Museum Studies (3 hrs)

NEAR EASTERN STUDIES EMPHASIS (17 hours)

RELL 181, 182 Biblical Hebrew I, II (3, 3 hrs)
RELL 221 Introduction to Biblical Exegesis (2 hrs)
RELB 245, 246 Old Testament Studies I, II (3, 3 hrs)
RELL 330 Intermediate Hebrew (3 hrs)

REQUIRED COGNATES

ARTH 344 Ancient Art History (W*) (3 hrs)

RECOMMENDED

Intermediate French or German (6 hrs)
ARTH 465 T: Museum Studies (3 hrs)

GUIDELINES FOR GENERAL EDUCATION ELECTIVES FOR BOTH EMPHASES

ART 235 Ceramics (3 hrs)
BIOL 424 Issues of Natural Science & Religion (W*) (3 hrs)
ERSC 105 Earth Science (3 hrs)
HIST 174 World Civilizations (3 hrs)
MATH 215 Statistics (3 hrs)
SOCI 150 Cultural Anthropology (3 hrs)

 

*W=Writing Course
 

Please see your academic adviser for more details on how to best set up your schedule.

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