An undergraduate major in archaeology or at least two courses in archaeology or ancient art combined with a major in history of art, anthropology, or ancient history. It is expected that students of classical archaeology will have a basic knowledge of Greek, Latin, Classics and ancient history, and a reading knowledge of German and French (or Italian). For students of Near Eastern archaeology, the prerequisites are ancient history and a reading knowledge of German and French (or Italian); some preliminary study of an ancient Near Eastern language is desirable. Each application is judged individually on its aims and soundness of preparation. All applicants must submit scores of the aptitude test of the Graduate Record Examinations and a recent research paper. Students are enrolled in the Ph.D. program (we do not offer terminal MA degrees).
M.A. is a prerequisite for the Ph.D. program and will normally take two years to complete.
completion of the M.A. program, students continue to take seminars
and supervised work in preparation for the preliminary examinations
and the PhD dissertation. A program of study is designed for each
individual student in consultation with the department. Four special
fields of study (one of which may be an allied field) are prepared
for the preliminary examinations. The examinations consist of four
four-hour papers and an oral examination. All graduate students
are encouraged to spend a year of study
abroad, generally the fourth year of their program. Students in classical archaeology are advised to spend a
year at the American School of Classical
Studies in Athens. Students of Near Eastern archaeology will
be advised to attend a center of archaeological research in their
area of concentration. Museums in Europe and the Near East should
be visited in the course of the year(s) spent abroad. Participation
in excavations under the auspices of Bryn Mawr College or other
schools is arranged when possible.
Depending upon individual study programs, the preliminary examinations are normally taken during the end of the third year of graduate study.