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in neighboring Mesopotamia and Egypt. The purpose of this particular course is specifically to introduce the student to a broad sweep of civilizations, peoples, and ancient lifeways, dating primarily to the Bronze and Iron Ages (4th - 1st millennia BCE roughly). 3 credits ARCH 202: Archaeology Methods and Lab This course will offer a basic introduction to the theoretical and scientific aspects of archaeology. Archaeology relies on a body of theories and methods for reading human prehistory from the incomplete record left by past cultures; likewise in the historical era, this body of theories and methods serves to provide a comprehensive view of ancient lifeways, by including artifact analysis. Topics include techniques of excavation and artifact analysis and classification of materials, e.g., ceramics, objects, lithics, faunal and floral analysis, among others. The course is divided between lecture and laboratory sessions in which students analyze archaeological data. 3 credits ARCH 302: Becoming Human–Becoming the World This course intends to study culture continuity and change by concentrating on the most important turning points and developments in Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas, covering the time span from Human Origins to the edge of the Renaissance. The orientation is global, the themes integrative, the overall goal being to show interconnections in the development of civilization(s), along with divergence across cultural and societal boundaries. The course stresses the archaeological and textual evidence. Some of the over-arching themes that express both culture and cultural diversity in antiquity include: becoming human, first states, nomadic movements, empires, and universal religions. 3 credits ARCH 390: Special Topics in Archaeology This course focuses on a particular region or topics in the Ancient Near East. Special topics include: The Archaeology Egypt, Prehistoric Civilizations and the Rise of the State, The Archaeology of the Greco-Roman World in the Near East, Archaeological Remains of Religion and Cult in the Ancient Near East, Correlations between the Mediterranean World and the Ancient Near East in the Bronze Age. 3 credits ARCH 395: Archaeological Laboratory Internship This internship in the Gannon University Institute for Archaeological Research is designed to substitute for the Summer Study Abroad (ARCH 396) course, under special circumstances. The intent of this internship is to provide the student practice in archaeological post-excavation research, in lieu of actual field experience on an archaeological dig: The intern will, among other things, work on artifact analysis, classification, drafting, restoration, data entry. 3 credits ARCH 396: Study Abroad Credit awarded for participation in archaeological field season at Khirbet Iskander, approved study-tour abroad or other approved activities/internships. 3 credits Liberal Studies Integration This minor is designed to correlate well with the identified core outcomes of the Gannon University Liberal Studies core. The minor explicitly contributes to the following Core of Discovery outcomes: • • •

Understand major philosophical and theological principles: emphasis on History Synthesize and apply principles of science: archaeology methods and lab Awareness and appreciation of diverse cultures: study abroad experience

The following course list suggests the various ways in which the courses in the Ancient Near Eastern Studies Minor could satisfy Liberal Studies requirements: • • •

Introduction to Sacred Scripture: satisfies current LS requirement Archaeology and History of the Ancient Near East: can satisfy social science requirement Archaeology Methods and Lab: satisfies current science and technology requirement for non-science majors

Undergraduate Catalog 2012-2013  

Undergraduate Catalog 2012-2013

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