Many of our classes are open to all students at Brown and have no prerequisites. Concentrators in the department have the option of following tracks in either Egyptology or Assyriology. Both tracks provide students with a solid background in the field through exposure to the critical study of these ancient cultures using the tools of archaeology, epigraphy, and historical inquiry, and a variety of interdisciplinary, comparative, and theoretical approaches in order to explore these regions’ ancient languages and literatures, political and socio-economic modes of organization, art and architecture, religious traditions and other systems of knowledge, such as ancient exact sciences.
In some instances a course may be counted in more than one Foundation area, but each course will be counted only once, e.g., ASYR 0800 The Cradle of Civilization? could be counted either as a History course (Assyriology Track) or an Archaeology course (Assyriology Track) but not in both areas.
Students new to the areas of study in E&A or new to Brown will find the introductory script/language courses provide a suitable point of entry into the concentration: ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs and Mesopotamian cuneiform were used to write languages very different from our own, and the methods we use to extract meaning from these ancient scripts will invite students to learn and ask deeper questions about the interconnections between language and script, the archaeology of communication technologies, and the region's ancient histories and cultures. In addition, each year E&A offers introductory-level courses in the Foundation areas of the concentration, either as First Year Seminars or open courses at the 0100 level. Students will find that many 1000 level courses are open to students new to E&A's areas of study, though first year students may find these courses to be more challenging.
Contact: Christelle Alvarez (email@example.com), Director of Undergraduate Studies