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Archaeology and the Ancient World

Graduate study of the Archaeology and Ancient World focuses on the ancient Mediterranean, Egypt, and western Asia, and is in a period of rapid innovation and expansion at Brown University.

The program, based in the newly established Artemis A.W. and Martha Sharp Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, combines a flexible interdisciplinary atmosphere with a curricular structure that prepares students for professional careers in teaching, museum studies, or other relevant occupations. Students receive a broad overview of the archaeology and art of this complex region, allowing them to develop particular research interests revolving around one or more of its ancient cultures. The Joukowsky Institute encourages graduate students to explore the numerous strong cognate departments at Brown (such as Anthropology, Classics, Egyptology and Ancient Western Asian Studies, Geological Sciences, History of Art and Architecture, and Religious Studies), as well as other resources in the area, such as the Rhode Island School of Design Museum or academic exchange opportunities with nearby universities.

Additional resources: Excellent library resources; graduate student research space and computing facilities in a dedicated building; active program of seminars, lectures and visiting scholars; facilitation of student fieldwork and travel interests; study collection of antiquities and coins; access to the holdings of the RISD Museum, adjacent to the Brown campus; proximity to other major museums on the East Coast.

Completion Requirements
A.M.: Eight courses including at least two seminars; thesis. The master's degree is normally offered only as part of a Ph.D. program. Candidates are admitted to study for the A.M. degree only in exceptional circumstances and without financial aid.

Ph.D.: Eight courses, including at least four graduate-level seminars, proficiency in two ancient languages (Greek, Hebrew, Latin, or other) and two modern languages (German and one Romance language) required before admission to candidacy; ancient Greek or Roman history; archaeological fieldwork; field examinations (by end of second year); preliminary examinations (by end of third year); dissertation; and oral defense.

Admission Information
Admission requirements: Writing sample required (25 page maximum)

GRE General: Required
GRE Subject: Not required
Application deadline: January 4