Saturday, November 25, 2017

College of Archaeology & Biblical History


The TSU College of Archaeology & Biblical History, with its international faculty, awards two degrees: M.A. and Ph.D. The College offers a broad range of courses, and is actively involved in the archaeological community through research and excavation projects in the Near East. It frequently sponsors study tours to Israel and Jordan, and other parts of the Mediterranean world, and also hosts the International Symposium on Archaeology & the Bible held annually in Albuquerque. The College cooperates closely with The Museum of Archaeology & Biblical History, through which students are privileged to participate in original research, excavation support and analysis projects, internships and docent activities.

MASTER OF ARTS in ARCHAEOLOGY & BIBLICAL HISTORY*

  • Total semester credit hours (SCH): 48 (including relevant transfer and portfolio credit)
  • Prerequisites: a bachelors degree (or equivalent) including 35 SCH general studies (or equivalent)
  • Language requirement: A good working knowledge of both biblical Hebrew and Greek may be required, depending on the area of concentration.

MAJOR COURSES: (all courses are 3 SCH)
AR511 Archaeology & the Bible
AR521 Archaeology & History of Ancient Egypt
AR531 Archaeology & History of Ancient Mesopotamia
AR541 Excavation Practicum & Field School I
AR611 Historical Geography of Bible Lands
AR621 Historical Synchronisms in Biblical Archaeology
AR631 Languages & Cultures of the Ancient Near East
AR641 Levantine Ceramic Typology I

ELECTIVE COURSES: (all courses are 3 SCH; courses may also be selected from other TSU Colleges & Institutes)
AR512 Akkadian Grammar & Syntax
AR522 Aramaic Grammar & Syntax
AR532 Archaeological Survey Methods
AR542 Archaeology & History of the Jerusalem Area
AR552 Archaeology & History of the Jerusalem Temple
AR562 Archaeology of the New Testament Period
AR572 Archaeometry
AR582 Bronze Age Levant
AR592 Cuneiform Writing Systems
AR612 Dead Sea Scrolls
AR622 Excavation Practicum & Field School II
AR632 History of the Semitic Alphabet
AR642 Independent Study
AR652 Independent Study
AR662 Iron Age Levant
AR672 Levantine Ceramic Typology II
AR682 Survey of Semitic Cognates
AR692 Ugaritic Grammar & Syntax

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY in ARCHAEOLOGY & BIBLICAL HISTORY*

  • Total semester credit hours (SCH): 45 (including relevant transfer and portfolio credit)
  • Prerequisites: a relevant masters degree (or equivalent)
  • Language requirement: A good working knowledge of both biblical Hebrew and Greek is recommended, and may be required in some cases, depending on the area of concentration. At least two additional ancient Near Eastern language courses (or equivalent) is recommended, and may be required in some cases, depending on the area of concentration.

SECTION ONE: (15 SCH)
Doctoral research in major focus area (as assigned by Academic Advisor in consultation with the Dean)

SECTION TWO: (15 SCH)
AR720 Archaeological Fieldwork

SECTION THREE: (15 SCH)
DS985 Dissertation: Writing, Defense & Publication