College of
Archaeology
& Biblical History

 

Learn within an active archeaological community

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. The College cooperates closely with the TSU Museum of Archaeology, through which students are privileged to participate in original research, excavation support and analysis projects, internships and docent activities. The program is also supported by the TSU Archaeology Research Center, which houses objects, samples, and pottery from the Tall el-Hammam Excavation Project in Jordan.

Degree Programs

College of Archaeology & Biblical History Fact Sheet

A recent photo from the Tall el-Hammam Excavation

Master of Arts

 

Requirements

48 Total Semester Credit Hours (SCH)


A bachelor’s degree or equivalent including 35 SCH general studies.


Working knowledge of biblical Hebrew and Greek depending on the area of concentration.

 

Core Courses

All courses are 2 SCH unless specified

AR517 Near Eastern Archaeology: Background & Methods

AR527 Archaeology & History of Ancient Egypt

AR537 Archaeology & History of Ancient Mesopotamia

AR547 Excavation Practicum & Field School – 3 SCH

AR557 Archaeology of the New Testament

AR617 Historical Geography of Bible Lands

AR627 Archaeology & the Bible: Historical & Cultural Synchronisms

AR637 Languages & Cultures of the Ancient Near East

AR647 Levantine Ceramic Typology

AR657 Archaeological Field Methods

AR667 Archaeological Laboratory

AR677 Evolution of Warfare & Fortification Systems in the Ancient Near East

AR697 Iron Age & Biblical History

OT681 Thinking Critically about the Old Testament

NT682 Thinking Critically about the New Testament 

 

Elective Courses

All courses are 2 SCH unless specified, courses may also be selected from other TSU Colleges.

AR558 Archaeology & History of the Jerusalem Area

AR559 Archaeology & History of the Jerusalem Temple

DM670 Archaeological Videography & Photography

Doctor of Philosophy

 

 

Requirements

45 Total Semester Credit Hours (SCH)


 

A relevant master’s degree or equivalent including all the courses listed in the archeology MA track.


 

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 1

The student will complete eight of the following for a total of 16 SCH:

AR817 Workshop: Ceramic Sorting: Tall el-Hammam Excavation Project

AR827 Workshop: Advanced Ceramic Typology

AR837 Workshop: Archaeological Drawing Techniques

AR847 Workshop: Architectural Reconstruction Drawing in Archaeology

AR917 Laboratory: Floatation Sample Analysis

AR927 Laboratory: Faunal and Human Bone Analysis

AR937 Laboratory: Object and Ceramic Conservation

AR947 Independent Study: tbd

AR948 Independent Study: tbd

 

Section 2

The student will complete the following for a total of 14 SCH:

AR1051 Archeological Fieldwork & Methods

AR1052 Archeological Fieldwork & Methods

AR1053 Archeological Fieldwork & Methods

AR1054 Archeological Fieldwork & Methods

AR1055 Archeological Fieldwork & Methods

AR1056 Archeological Fieldwork & Methods

AR1057 Archeological Fieldwork & Methods

 

Section 3

The student will complete the following for a total of 15 SCH:

AR985 Dissertation: Writing, Defense & Publication