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Classical and Near Eastern Studies Ph.D.

Classical & Near Eastern Studies
College of Liberal Arts
Link to a list of faculty for this program.
Contact Information
Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies, 245 Nicholson Hall, 216 Pillsbury Dr. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-625-5353; fax: 612-624-4894)
Email: cnes@umn.edu
  • Program Type: Doctorate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits: 70 to 71
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
Classical and Near Eastern Studies (CNES) is an interdisciplinary department that brings together faculty and graduate students who might in other settings be dispersed among a wide range of programs. CNES is dedicated to rigorous philological and literary training and to the conviction that the ancient Mediterranean world is best studied as a diverse but richly integrated cultural whole. The various Master's and Ph.D. tracks allow students to concentrate in the area and period that most appeal to them, but students are strongly encouraged to take courses across the entire range of the department's offerings and to develop a broad, multidisciplinary approach to research and teaching. Students entering the PhD program with an Master's can usually receive credit for some earlier coursework, subject to the approval of the graduate faculty and University requirements. Related special facilities include the Center for Medieval Studies, the Center for Jewish Studies, and the Consortium for the Study of the Pre-Modern World.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.50.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
In addition to the online University application, applicants must complete the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies application on the ApplyYourself site (also available for download on the department website); other supporting materials, including recommendations and a writing sample, can be uploaded directly into the University's online application. For nonnative speakers of English, a copy of TOEFL results is required. Students may be admitted in any academic term, but financial assistance is normally available only to applicants admitted for fall semester.
Applicants must submit their test score(s) from the following:
  • GRE
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
Key to test abbreviations (GRE, TOEFL).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
34 to 35 credits are required in the major.
12 credits are required outside the major.
24 thesis credits are required.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
Language Requirement: German and a second modern research language.
A minimum GPA of 3.50 is required for students to remain in good standing.
At least 2 semesters must be completed before filing a Degree Program Form.
Required Coursework
All students must taken the following 1-credit course:
CNES 5794 - Introduction to Classical and Near Eastern Studies (1.0 cr)
Doctoral Thesis Credits
All students must take at least 24 doctoral thesis credits.
CNES 8888 - Thesis Credits: Doctoral (1.0-24.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
Classics
The Classics track requires extensive advanced work in both Latin and Greek, together with some study in a related field or area of interest. The program requires nearly equal emphasis on courses and seminars in Greek and in Latin. Language Requirements: German, plus another modern language, preferably French or Italian, as well as reading proficiency in both Greek and Latin, as demonstrated by a departmental examination based on a set reading list.
Required Language Coursework (24 credits)
Language Courses (21 credits)
Take at least 9 credits of Greek and 9 credits of Latin for a total of 18 credits. Of the 18 credits, at least half must be from Greek or Latin seminar courses (6 seminar credits from one language and 3 seminar credits from the other). In addition, select at least 3 elective credits to complete the 21-credit language course requirement. 51xx and 52xx courses cannot be applied to this requirement.
GRK 5xxx
GRK 8xxx
GRK 8910 - Seminar (3.0 cr)
LAT 8910 - Seminar (3.0 cr)
Prose Composition Course (3 credits)
Take one of the following composition courses for 3 credits:
GRK 5701 - Prose Composition (3.0 cr)
LAT 5701 - Latin Prose Composition (3.0 cr)
Required Art or Archaeology Coursework (3 credits)
Take at least 3 credits from the following course list, or in consultation with the director of graduate studies:
ANTH 8004 - Foundations of Anthropological Archaeology (3.0 cr)
ANTH 8112 - Reconstructing Hominin Behavior (3.0 cr)
ANTH 8230 - Anthropological Research Design (3.0 cr)
ANTH 8244 - Interpreting Ancient Bone (4.0 cr)
ANTH 8510 - Topics in Archaeology (3.0 cr)
ANTH 5027W - Archaeology of Prehistoric Europe [HIS, WI] (3.0 cr)
ANTH 5221 - Anthropology of Material Culture (3.0 cr)
ANTH 5269 - Analysis of Stone Tool Technology (4.0 cr)
ANTH 5401 - The Human Fossil Record (3.0 cr)
ANTH 5402 - Zooarchaeology Laboratory (3.0 cr)
ANTH 5980 - Topics in Anthropology (3.0 cr)
ANTH 5448 - Applied Heritage Management (3.0 cr)
ARTH 5xxx
ARTH 8xxx
Required Ancient History Coursework (6 credits)
Take at least 6 credits in Ancient History, in consultation with the director of graduate studies.
CNES 5xxx
CNES 8xxx
Electives
Select at least 3 elective credits as needed, in consultation with the adviser, to complete the 34-credit minimum for the major.
Outside Coursework (12 credits)
Take at least 12 credits, selected in consultation with the adviser, to meet the outside credit requirement.
Religions of Antiquity
Required Coursework (9 credits)
Take the following courses for a total of 9 credits:
RELS 8190 - Comparative Seminar in Religions in Antiquity (3.0 cr)
CNES 8513 - Scripture and Interpretation (3.0 cr)
RELS 5001 - Theory and Method in the Study of Religion: Critical Approaches to the Study of Religion (3.0 cr)
Outside Coursework (12 credits)
All students take at least 12 credits outside the major, in consultation with the adviser. Outside coursework should comprise courses in languages or topics outside the primary concentration area, and can include relevant coursework from Anthropology; Art History; English; Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies; History; Medieval Studies; or Philosophy.
ANTH 5xxx
ANTH 8xxx
ARTH 5xxx
ARTH 8xxx
ENGL 5xxx
ENGL 8xxx
HIST 5xxx
HIST 8xxx
GWSS 5xxx
GWSS 8xxx
PHIL 5xxx
PHIL 8xxx
Concentration Areas
Select one of the two following concentration areas. In addition, select a primary language of competence, and at least one secondary language of competence.
Ancient Near East and Hebrew Bible
This concentration area focuses on the religions, literatures, and cultures of Mesopotamia, Canaan, and Israel from the 2nd millennium BCE to the arrival of Roman rule in the first century BCE. The required primary language is Hebrew. Secondary language options are Aramaic, Akkadian, Ugaritic, or Greek.
Concentration Area Coursework (24 credits)
Courses are chosen from the following list, or in consultation with the adviser, based on concentration area and comparative themes for doctoral examinations.
CNES 5070 - Topics in Ancient Religion (3.0 cr)
CNES 5080 - New Testament Proseminar (3.0 cr)
CNES 8530 - Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean World (3.0 cr)
CNES 8550 - Gender and Body in Ancient Religion (3.0 cr)
CNES 8570 - Readings in Religious Texts (3.0 cr)
HEBR 5200 - Advanced Classical Hebrew (3.0 cr)
RELS 5013W - Biblical Law and Jewish Ethics [WI] (3.0 cr)
ANTH 4049 - Religion and Culture (3.0 cr)
ANTH 5027W - Archaeology of Prehistoric Europe [HIS, WI] (3.0 cr)
ANTH 5446 - Archaeology of Representation as Communication (3.0 cr)
CNES 5051 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
CNES 5188 - Art and Archaeology of Early Christianity and the Late Roman Empire (3.0 cr)
CNES 5204 - The Dead Sea Scrolls (3.0 cr)
CNES 5502 - Ancient Israel: From Conquest to Exile (3.0 cr)
GRK 5200 - Biblical Greek (3.0 cr)
GRK 8400 - Readings in Patristic Greek (3.0 cr)
HEBR 5300 - Post-Biblical Hebrew: Second Temple Period (3.0 cr)
HIST 5053 - Doing Roman History: Sources, Methods, and Trends (3.0 cr)
HIST 5614 - The Medieval Church (3.0 cr)
HIST 8110 - Medieval History: Research Seminar (3.0 cr)
HIST 8930 - Topics in Ancient History (1.0-4.0 cr)
LAT 5200 - Advanced Reading in Later Latin (3.0 cr)
-OR-
Greek and Roman Relgions, Formative Judaism, and Early Christianity
This concentration area focuses on the religions, literatures, and cultures of Greece, Rome and the Mediterranean world, with potential focal points in Egypt, Asia Minor, or Syria-Palestine. It centers on the period from Alexander the Great to Marcus Aurelius, and encompasses Second Temple Judaism and early Christianity, including New Testament literature. The required primary language is Greek or Latin. Secondary language options are Hebrew, Aramaic, Copic, Greek, or Latin.
Concentration Area Coursework (24 credits)
Courses are chosen from the following list, or in consultation with the adviser, based on concentration area and comparative themes for doctoral examinations.
CNES 5070 - Topics in Ancient Religion (3.0 cr)
CNES 5080 - New Testament Proseminar (3.0 cr)
CNES 8530 - Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean World (3.0 cr)
CNES 8550 - Gender and Body in Ancient Religion (3.0 cr)
CNES 8570 - Readings in Religious Texts (3.0 cr)
HEBR 5200 - Advanced Classical Hebrew (3.0 cr)
RELS 5013W - Biblical Law and Jewish Ethics [WI] (3.0 cr)
ANTH 4049 - Religion and Culture (3.0 cr)
ANTH 5027W - Archaeology of Prehistoric Europe [HIS, WI] (3.0 cr)
ANTH 5446 - Archaeology of Representation as Communication (3.0 cr)
CNES 5051 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
CNES 5188 - Art and Archaeology of Early Christianity and the Late Roman Empire (3.0 cr)
CNES 5204 - The Dead Sea Scrolls (3.0 cr)
CNES 5502 - Ancient Israel: From Conquest to Exile (3.0 cr)
GRK 5200 - Biblical Greek (3.0 cr)
GRK 8400 - Readings in Patristic Greek (3.0 cr)
HEBR 5300 - Post-Biblical Hebrew: Second Temple Period (3.0 cr)
HIST 5053 - Doing Roman History: Sources, Methods, and Trends (3.0 cr)
HIST 5614 - The Medieval Church (3.0 cr)
HIST 8110 - Medieval History: Research Seminar (3.0 cr)
HIST 8930 - Topics in Ancient History (1.0-4.0 cr)
LAT 5200 - Advanced Reading in Later Latin (3.0 cr)
 
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CNES 5794 - Introduction to Classical and Near Eastern Studies
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to core research materials and reference materials in the various disciplines which make up classical studies. prereq: grad major or minor or instr consent
CNES 8888 - Thesis Credits: Doctoral
Credits: 1.0 -24.0 [max 100.0]
Grading Basis: No Grade
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
(No description) prereq: Max 18 cr per semester or summer; 24 cr required
GRK 8910 - Seminar
Credits: 3.0 [max 30.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Various topics in Greek literature examined in depth with emphasis on current scholarship and original student research.
LAT 8910 - Seminar
Credits: 3.0 [max 30.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Topics in Latin literature examined in depth. Emphasizes current scholarship, original student research.
GRK 5701 - Prose Composition
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Moving step by step through Ancient Greek grammar, starting with simple sentences and progressing to complex ones. Course ends with students translating short passages of modern English prose into Greek. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
LAT 5701 - Latin Prose Composition
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Latin grammar, syntax, diction, and prose style. Graduated exercises in prose composition. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
ANTH 8004 - Foundations of Anthropological Archaeology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Theoretical foundations of anthropological archaeology in historical and contemporary perspective. prereq: 8001, 8002
ANTH 8112 - Reconstructing Hominin Behavior
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02149
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Consider major hypotheses regarding evolution of human behavior. Evidence/arguments used to support or reject hypotheses. Consider link between bone biology/behavior. Archaeological record for more holistic understanding of evidence.
ANTH 8230 - Anthropological Research Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Training seminar on research development, coordination, grant management, field/laboratory research management, fundraising. prereq: Anth grad student or instr consent
ANTH 8244 - Interpreting Ancient Bone
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Anth 5244/8244
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
How anthropologists use fossil bones to answer questions of past human diet, behavior, and environments. Skeletal element and species identification (of humans, large mammals). Students analyze small assemblage of bones for class project. Scientific method, data analysis using computers. prereq: instr consent
ANTH 8510 - Topics in Archaeology
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Seminar examines particular aspects of archaeological methods and/or theory. Topics vary according to student and faculty interests.
ANTH 5027W - Archaeology of Prehistoric Europe (HIS, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00002 - Anth 3027W/Anth 5027W/Hist 306
Typically offered: Every Fall
How archaeologists/historians analyze/interpret artifacts to develop knowledge about formation of European society, from earliest evidence of human occupation to Roman Period. Interpreting archaeological evidence from specific sites to understand broad trends in human past.
ANTH 5221 - Anthropology of Material Culture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
The course examines material culture as a social creation, studied from multiple theoretical and methodological perspectives (e.g., social anthropology, archaeology, primatology, history of science). The course examines the changing role of material culture from prehistory to the future.
ANTH 5269 - Analysis of Stone Tool Technology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
The course offers practical lab experience in analyzing archaeological collections of stone tools to learn about human behavior in the past. Students gain experience needed to get a job in the cultural resource management industry.
ANTH 5401 - The Human Fossil Record
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01493
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Fossil evidence paleoanthropologists use to reconstruct human evolutionary history. Taxonomy, phylogeny, behavior, ecology, tool use, land use, and biogeography. Examination of fossil casts, readings from primary/secondary professional sources. prereq: 1001 or instr consent
ANTH 5402 - Zooarchaeology Laboratory
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
How archaeologists reconstruct the past through the study of animal bones associated with artifacts at archaeological sites. Skeletal element (e.g., humerus, femur, tibia), and taxon (e.g., horse, antelope, sheep, bison, hyena) when confronted with bone. Comparative collection of bones from known taxa.
ANTH 5980 - Topics in Anthropology
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Topics specified in Class Schedule.
ANTH 5448 - Applied Heritage Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Contexts of cultural heritage applicable to federal/state protection. Approaches to planning/management. Issues of heritage/stakeholder conflict.
GRK 5701 - Prose Composition
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Moving step by step through Ancient Greek grammar, starting with simple sentences and progressing to complex ones. Course ends with students translating short passages of modern English prose into Greek. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
GRK 8910 - Seminar
Credits: 3.0 [max 30.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Various topics in Greek literature examined in depth with emphasis on current scholarship and original student research.
GRK 8910 - Seminar
Credits: 3.0 [max 30.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Various topics in Greek literature examined in depth with emphasis on current scholarship and original student research.
LAT 8910 - Seminar
Credits: 3.0 [max 30.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Topics in Latin literature examined in depth. Emphasizes current scholarship, original student research.
CNES 8950 - Topics in Classical & Near Eastern Studies
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Topics such as slavery, women in antiquity, pagans and Jews, the taboo, and modern study of myth.
RELS 8190 - Comparative Seminar in Religions in Antiquity
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Topics vary, see Class Schedule. Major cultural movement as it developed over several centuries. Draws on evidence in literature, archival records, inscriptions, documentary papyri, and archaeological remains. Artistic media such as wall painting, architectural ornament, funerary sculpture, or manuscript illumination. prereq: Grad student in relevant field
ANTH 8004 - Foundations of Anthropological Archaeology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Theoretical foundations of anthropological archaeology in historical and contemporary perspective. prereq: 8001, 8002
ANTH 8112 - Reconstructing Hominin Behavior
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02149
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Consider major hypotheses regarding evolution of human behavior. Evidence/arguments used to support or reject hypotheses. Consider link between bone biology/behavior. Archaeological record for more holistic understanding of evidence.
ANTH 8230 - Anthropological Research Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Training seminar on research development, coordination, grant management, field/laboratory research management, fundraising. prereq: Anth grad student or instr consent
ANTH 8244 - Interpreting Ancient Bone
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Anth 5244/8244
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
How anthropologists use fossil bones to answer questions of past human diet, behavior, and environments. Skeletal element and species identification (of humans, large mammals). Students analyze small assemblage of bones for class project. Scientific method, data analysis using computers. prereq: instr consent
ANTH 8510 - Topics in Archaeology
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Seminar examines particular aspects of archaeological methods and/or theory. Topics vary according to student and faculty interests.
ANTH 5027W - Archaeology of Prehistoric Europe (HIS, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00002 - Anth 3027W/Anth 5027W/Hist 306
Typically offered: Every Fall
How archaeologists/historians analyze/interpret artifacts to develop knowledge about formation of European society, from earliest evidence of human occupation to Roman Period. Interpreting archaeological evidence from specific sites to understand broad trends in human past.
ANTH 5221 - Anthropology of Material Culture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
The course examines material culture as a social creation, studied from multiple theoretical and methodological perspectives (e.g., social anthropology, archaeology, primatology, history of science). The course examines the changing role of material culture from prehistory to the future.
ANTH 5269 - Analysis of Stone Tool Technology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
The course offers practical lab experience in analyzing archaeological collections of stone tools to learn about human behavior in the past. Students gain experience needed to get a job in the cultural resource management industry.
ANTH 5401 - The Human Fossil Record
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01493
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Fossil evidence paleoanthropologists use to reconstruct human evolutionary history. Taxonomy, phylogeny, behavior, ecology, tool use, land use, and biogeography. Examination of fossil casts, readings from primary/secondary professional sources. prereq: 1001 or instr consent
ANTH 5402 - Zooarchaeology Laboratory
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
How archaeologists reconstruct the past through the study of animal bones associated with artifacts at archaeological sites. Skeletal element (e.g., humerus, femur, tibia), and taxon (e.g., horse, antelope, sheep, bison, hyena) when confronted with bone. Comparative collection of bones from known taxa.
ANTH 5980 - Topics in Anthropology
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Topics specified in Class Schedule.
ANTH 5448 - Applied Heritage Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Contexts of cultural heritage applicable to federal/state protection. Approaches to planning/management. Issues of heritage/stakeholder conflict.
LAT 5701 - Latin Prose Composition
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Latin grammar, syntax, diction, and prose style. Graduated exercises in prose composition. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
LAT 8910 - Seminar
Credits: 3.0 [max 30.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Topics in Latin literature examined in depth. Emphasizes current scholarship, original student research.
GRK 8910 - Seminar
Credits: 3.0 [max 30.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Various topics in Greek literature examined in depth with emphasis on current scholarship and original student research.
LAT 8910 - Seminar
Credits: 3.0 [max 30.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Topics in Latin literature examined in depth. Emphasizes current scholarship, original student research.
CNES 8190 - Seminar: Issues in Ancient Art and Archaeology
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00772 - ArtH 8190/CNES 8190
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Selected issues, with special attention to current scholarly disputes. Topics specified in [Class Schedule].
CNES 8950 - Topics in Classical & Near Eastern Studies
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Topics such as slavery, women in antiquity, pagans and Jews, the taboo, and modern study of myth.
RELS 8190 - Comparative Seminar in Religions in Antiquity
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Topics vary, see Class Schedule. Major cultural movement as it developed over several centuries. Draws on evidence in literature, archival records, inscriptions, documentary papyri, and archaeological remains. Artistic media such as wall painting, architectural ornament, funerary sculpture, or manuscript illumination. prereq: Grad student in relevant field
ANTH 8004 - Foundations of Anthropological Archaeology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Theoretical foundations of anthropological archaeology in historical and contemporary perspective. prereq: 8001, 8002
ANTH 8112 - Reconstructing Hominin Behavior
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02149
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Consider major hypotheses regarding evolution of human behavior. Evidence/arguments used to support or reject hypotheses. Consider link between bone biology/behavior. Archaeological record for more holistic understanding of evidence.
ANTH 8230 - Anthropological Research Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Training seminar on research development, coordination, grant management, field/laboratory research management, fundraising. prereq: Anth grad student or instr consent
ANTH 8244 - Interpreting Ancient Bone
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Anth 5244/8244
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
How anthropologists use fossil bones to answer questions of past human diet, behavior, and environments. Skeletal element and species identification (of humans, large mammals). Students analyze small assemblage of bones for class project. Scientific method, data analysis using computers. prereq: instr consent
ANTH 8510 - Topics in Archaeology
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Seminar examines particular aspects of archaeological methods and/or theory. Topics vary according to student and faculty interests.
ANTH 5027W - Archaeology of Prehistoric Europe (HIS, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00002 - Anth 3027W/Anth 5027W/Hist 306
Typically offered: Every Fall
How archaeologists/historians analyze/interpret artifacts to develop knowledge about formation of European society, from earliest evidence of human occupation to Roman Period. Interpreting archaeological evidence from specific sites to understand broad trends in human past.
ANTH 5221 - Anthropology of Material Culture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
The course examines material culture as a social creation, studied from multiple theoretical and methodological perspectives (e.g., social anthropology, archaeology, primatology, history of science). The course examines the changing role of material culture from prehistory to the future.
ANTH 5269 - Analysis of Stone Tool Technology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
The course offers practical lab experience in analyzing archaeological collections of stone tools to learn about human behavior in the past. Students gain experience needed to get a job in the cultural resource management industry.
ANTH 5401 - The Human Fossil Record
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01493
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Fossil evidence paleoanthropologists use to reconstruct human evolutionary history. Taxonomy, phylogeny, behavior, ecology, tool use, land use, and biogeography. Examination of fossil casts, readings from primary/secondary professional sources. prereq: 1001 or instr consent
ANTH 5402 - Zooarchaeology Laboratory
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
How archaeologists reconstruct the past through the study of animal bones associated with artifacts at archaeological sites. Skeletal element (e.g., humerus, femur, tibia), and taxon (e.g., horse, antelope, sheep, bison, hyena) when confronted with bone. Comparative collection of bones from known taxa.
ANTH 5980 - Topics in Anthropology
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Topics specified in Class Schedule.
ANTH 5448 - Applied Heritage Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Contexts of cultural heritage applicable to federal/state protection. Approaches to planning/management. Issues of heritage/stakeholder conflict.
RELS 8190 - Comparative Seminar in Religions in Antiquity
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Topics vary, see Class Schedule. Major cultural movement as it developed over several centuries. Draws on evidence in literature, archival records, inscriptions, documentary papyri, and archaeological remains. Artistic media such as wall painting, architectural ornament, funerary sculpture, or manuscript illumination. prereq: Grad student in relevant field
CNES 8513 - Scripture and Interpretation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02067
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Even, Spring Odd Year
Ideas of divine revelation. Impact upon religion/literature. How history of Bible's creation, transmission, interpretation helps us think critically about role of revelation in history of religious traditions. prereq: Grad student
RELS 5001 - Theory and Method in the Study of Religion: Critical Approaches to the Study of Religion
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01522
Typically offered: Every Spring
Theoretical/methodological issues in academic study of religion. Theories of origin, character, and function of religion as a human phenomenon. Psychological, sociological, anthropological, and phenomenological perspectives. prereq: Sr or grad student or instr consent
CNES 5070 - Topics in Ancient Religion
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Specific aspect of religion in Classical and Near Eastern antiquity, such as healing cults, magic/divination, Gnosticism, or prophecy/authority. Topics specified in Class Schedule.
CNES 5080 - New Testament Proseminar
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of some specific aspect of the New Testament and related literature. The class is organized as a discussion seminar. Topics specified in Class Schedule.
CNES 8530 - Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean World
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Intensive study of particular aspects of religious practice in the ancient Mediterranean world, often from a comparative perspective. Focus on scrutiny of primary sources and discussion of contemporary trends in scholarship. Topics specified in the Class Schedule.
CNES 8550 - Gender and Body in Ancient Religion
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This topics course will offer a theoretically sophisticated and in-depth examination of conceptualizations of gender and the body in ancient culture, specifically instantiated in religious writings, activity, and thought. Students will gain a thorough working knowledge of current theoretical discussions of gender and the body, while at the same time exploring the role gender played in narratives, religious practice, and philosophical writings of the ancient world. Opportunities will be available to study various time frames (beginning of the first millennium BCE to 500 CE), specific local cultures (determined by geographical regions), and ethnic/religious groups (Israelites, Jews, Romans, Greeks, Christians, Egyptians, etc.). Students will be heavily involved in the weekly presentation of topics and discussion, and PhD students will be expected to produce research that will be headed toward use in their dissertations or a suitable for future publication. Topics specified in class schedule.
CNES 8570 - Readings in Religious Texts
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Close reading of selected literary or epigraphical texts of importance for the history of ancient Mediterranean religions, along with critical discussion of trends in recent scholarship. The texts may be read in the original languages (such as Greek, Latin, Hebrew, etc.) but may also be accessed in translation where appropriate.
HEBR 5200 - Advanced Classical Hebrew
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
In-depth reading, analysis, and discussion of classical Hebrew texts. Grammar, syntax. Introduction to text-criticism, history of scholarship, and scholarly tools. Format varies between survey of themes (e.g., law, wisdom, poetry) and extended concentration upon specific classical texts.
RELS 5013W - Biblical Law and Jewish Ethics (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00552 - JwSt 3013W/JwSt 5013W/RelS 301
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Significance of religious law in Judaism. Babylonian background of biblical law. Biblical creation of the person as a legal category. Rabbinic transformations of biblical norms. Covenant in Christianity/Islam. Contemporary Jewish literature/philosophy.
ANTH 4049 - Religion and Culture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01595
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Religious beliefs and world views cross-culturally. Religious dimensions of human life through theories of origins, functions, and forms (e.g. myth, ritual, symbolism) of religion in society. prereq: 1003 or 1005 or instr consent
ANTH 5027W - Archaeology of Prehistoric Europe (HIS, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00002 - Anth 3027W/Anth 5027W/Hist 306
Typically offered: Every Fall
How archaeologists/historians analyze/interpret artifacts to develop knowledge about formation of European society, from earliest evidence of human occupation to Roman Period. Interpreting archaeological evidence from specific sites to understand broad trends in human past.
ANTH 5446 - Archaeology of Representation as Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Seminar. Uses of paintings, sculptures, drawings, and photgraphs as means of communication, from earliest representations of 30,000 years ago to present day.
CNES 5188 - Art and Archaeology of Early Christianity and the Late Roman Empire
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02152
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Emergence of Christian visual culture in Rome. Age of Tetrarchs and Constantine the Great. Age of Justinian. Development of liturgical environments such as Jewish synagogue and Christian church. Melding of imperial and Christian art, architecture, and ritual. Constantinople, from its founding through sixth century. Church architecture. Early icon/manuscript painting.
CNES 5204 - The Dead Sea Scrolls
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01734 - CNES 3204/CNES 5204/JwSt 3204/
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Introduction to Dead Sea Scrolls and Qumran. Contents of Dead Sea Scrolls, significance for understanding development of the Bible. Background of Judaism and Christianity. Archaeological site of Qumran.
CNES 5502 - Ancient Israel: From Conquest to Exile
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00294
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Israelite history in context of what is known from Egyptian, Canaanite, and Mesopotamian sources. Focuses on issues raised by archaeological data related to Israelite conquest of Canaan. prereq: Knowledge of Hebrew not required; 5501 recommended
GRK 5200 - Biblical Greek
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Readings from Gospels, epistles of Paul, related literature. Emphasizes proficiency in reading Greek New Testament. Selections vary. prereq: [GRK 3004 or equiv], at least two yrs of college level Greek. Must contact Classical and Near Eastern Studies department for permission to register.
GRK 8400 - Readings in Patristic Greek
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Reading/discussion of early Christian texts in Greek. prereq: Advanced grad student
HEBR 5300 - Post-Biblical Hebrew: Second Temple Period
Credits: 3.0 [max 18.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Readings in late-/post-biblical Hebrew literature of Persian, Hellenistic, and early Roman periods (e.g., Chronicles, Ezra-Nehemiah, Ecclesiastes, Daniel, Dead Sea Scrolls, apocrypha, pseudepigrapha). Focuses on historical development of Hebrew language and literature in relation to earlier biblical sources. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
HIST 5053 - Doing Roman History: Sources, Methods, and Trends
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even, Spring Odd Year
Survey of major scholarship in field of Roman history since Mommsen. Political, cultural, social, military, and economic history. Focuses on methodological problems posed by evidence. Ways in which these issues shape research. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
HIST 5614 - The Medieval Church
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Introduction to history of western church in Middle Ages. Emphasizes church teachings and institutional structures, beliefs/practices of lay people, medieval Christian encounter with non-Christian world. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
HIST 8110 - Medieval History: Research Seminar
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Research in medieval European history, using primary source material. prereq: instr consent, good reading knowledge of Latin, French, one other European language
HIST 8930 - Topics in Ancient History
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 16.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Topics not covered in regular courses.
LAT 5200 - Advanced Reading in Later Latin
Credits: 3.0 [max 18.0]
Prerequisites: [LAT 3004 or equiv], at least two yrs of college level Latin. Must contact Classical and Near Eastern Studies department for permission to register.
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Authors of late antiquity, Middle Ages, Renaissance. Topics specified in Class Schedule. prereq: [LAT 3004 or equiv], at least two yrs of college level Latin. Must contact Classical and Near Eastern Studies department for permission to register.
CNES 5070 - Topics in Ancient Religion
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Specific aspect of religion in Classical and Near Eastern antiquity, such as healing cults, magic/divination, Gnosticism, or prophecy/authority. Topics specified in Class Schedule.
CNES 5080 - New Testament Proseminar
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of some specific aspect of the New Testament and related literature. The class is organized as a discussion seminar. Topics specified in Class Schedule.
CNES 8530 - Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean World
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Intensive study of particular aspects of religious practice in the ancient Mediterranean world, often from a comparative perspective. Focus on scrutiny of primary sources and discussion of contemporary trends in scholarship. Topics specified in the Class Schedule.
CNES 8550 - Gender and Body in Ancient Religion
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This topics course will offer a theoretically sophisticated and in-depth examination of conceptualizations of gender and the body in ancient culture, specifically instantiated in religious writings, activity, and thought. Students will gain a thorough working knowledge of current theoretical discussions of gender and the body, while at the same time exploring the role gender played in narratives, religious practice, and philosophical writings of the ancient world. Opportunities will be available to study various time frames (beginning of the first millennium BCE to 500 CE), specific local cultures (determined by geographical regions), and ethnic/religious groups (Israelites, Jews, Romans, Greeks, Christians, Egyptians, etc.). Students will be heavily involved in the weekly presentation of topics and discussion, and PhD students will be expected to produce research that will be headed toward use in their dissertations or a suitable for future publication. Topics specified in class schedule.
CNES 8570 - Readings in Religious Texts
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Close reading of selected literary or epigraphical texts of importance for the history of ancient Mediterranean religions, along with critical discussion of trends in recent scholarship. The texts may be read in the original languages (such as Greek, Latin, Hebrew, etc.) but may also be accessed in translation where appropriate.
HEBR 5200 - Advanced Classical Hebrew
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
In-depth reading, analysis, and discussion of classical Hebrew texts. Grammar, syntax. Introduction to text-criticism, history of scholarship, and scholarly tools. Format varies between survey of themes (e.g., law, wisdom, poetry) and extended concentration upon specific classical texts.
RELS 5013W - Biblical Law and Jewish Ethics (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00552 - JwSt 3013W/JwSt 5013W/RelS 301
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Significance of religious law in Judaism. Babylonian background of biblical law. Biblical creation of the person as a legal category. Rabbinic transformations of biblical norms. Covenant in Christianity/Islam. Contemporary Jewish literature/philosophy.
ANTH 4049 - Religion and Culture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01595
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Religious beliefs and world views cross-culturally. Religious dimensions of human life through theories of origins, functions, and forms (e.g. myth, ritual, symbolism) of religion in society. prereq: 1003 or 1005 or instr consent
ANTH 5027W - Archaeology of Prehistoric Europe (HIS, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00002 - Anth 3027W/Anth 5027W/Hist 306
Typically offered: Every Fall
How archaeologists/historians analyze/interpret artifacts to develop knowledge about formation of European society, from earliest evidence of human occupation to Roman Period. Interpreting archaeological evidence from specific sites to understand broad trends in human past.
ANTH 5446 - Archaeology of Representation as Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Seminar. Uses of paintings, sculptures, drawings, and photgraphs as means of communication, from earliest representations of 30,000 years ago to present day.
CNES 5188 - Art and Archaeology of Early Christianity and the Late Roman Empire
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02152
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Emergence of Christian visual culture in Rome. Age of Tetrarchs and Constantine the Great. Age of Justinian. Development of liturgical environments such as Jewish synagogue and Christian church. Melding of imperial and Christian art, architecture, and ritual. Constantinople, from its founding through sixth century. Church architecture. Early icon/manuscript painting.
CNES 5204 - The Dead Sea Scrolls
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01734 - CNES 3204/CNES 5204/JwSt 3204/
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Introduction to Dead Sea Scrolls and Qumran. Contents of Dead Sea Scrolls, significance for understanding development of the Bible. Background of Judaism and Christianity. Archaeological site of Qumran.
CNES 5502 - Ancient Israel: From Conquest to Exile
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00294
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Israelite history in context of what is known from Egyptian, Canaanite, and Mesopotamian sources. Focuses on issues raised by archaeological data related to Israelite conquest of Canaan. prereq: Knowledge of Hebrew not required; 5501 recommended
GRK 5200 - Biblical Greek
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Readings from Gospels, epistles of Paul, related literature. Emphasizes proficiency in reading Greek New Testament. Selections vary. prereq: [GRK 3004 or equiv], at least two yrs of college level Greek. Must contact Classical and Near Eastern Studies department for permission to register.
GRK 8400 - Readings in Patristic Greek
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Reading/discussion of early Christian texts in Greek. prereq: Advanced grad student
HEBR 5300 - Post-Biblical Hebrew: Second Temple Period
Credits: 3.0 [max 18.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Readings in late-/post-biblical Hebrew literature of Persian, Hellenistic, and early Roman periods (e.g., Chronicles, Ezra-Nehemiah, Ecclesiastes, Daniel, Dead Sea Scrolls, apocrypha, pseudepigrapha). Focuses on historical development of Hebrew language and literature in relation to earlier biblical sources. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
HIST 5053 - Doing Roman History: Sources, Methods, and Trends
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even, Spring Odd Year
Survey of major scholarship in field of Roman history since Mommsen. Political, cultural, social, military, and economic history. Focuses on methodological problems posed by evidence. Ways in which these issues shape research. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
HIST 5614 - The Medieval Church
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Introduction to history of western church in Middle Ages. Emphasizes church teachings and institutional structures, beliefs/practices of lay people, medieval Christian encounter with non-Christian world. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
HIST 8110 - Medieval History: Research Seminar
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Research in medieval European history, using primary source material. prereq: instr consent, good reading knowledge of Latin, French, one other European language
HIST 8930 - Topics in Ancient History
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 16.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Topics not covered in regular courses.
LAT 5200 - Advanced Reading in Later Latin
Credits: 3.0 [max 18.0]
Prerequisites: [LAT 3004 or equiv], at least two yrs of college level Latin. Must contact Classical and Near Eastern Studies department for permission to register.
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Authors of late antiquity, Middle Ages, Renaissance. Topics specified in Class Schedule. prereq: [LAT 3004 or equiv], at least two yrs of college level Latin. Must contact Classical and Near Eastern Studies department for permission to register.