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Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations (NELC)

Egyptology - program requirements

 

NELC’s graduate program in Egyptology offers advanced study of the languages and civilizations of ancient Egypt. In general, the student is to follow the MA general procedures or the PhD general procedures of the department, but the following statements outline the regulations specific to the PhD program in Egyptology.


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I. Course Requirements in Outline
A) Language and Literature Concentration
1) Primary Field:
a) Ancient Egyptian language and literature: at least 8 courses
b) History, culture, archaeology, and art of ancient Egypt: at least 6 courses

2) Secondary Field:
a) Language of chosen secondary field: at least 4 courses
b) History, culture, art and archaeology of the chosen secondary field: at least
2 courses

B) Archaeology Concentration
1) Primary Field:
a) Archaeology, art, and culture of ancient Egypt: at least 7 courses
b) History of ancient Egypt: at least 2 courses
c) Language of ancient Egypt: at least 4 courses

2) Secondary Field:
a) Art, archeology, history, culture, and anthropology of chosen secondary field: at least 6 courses
b) Archaeological interpretation and techniques: at least 1 course

 

 

 

 

II. Description of the Program in Egyptology
A) Language and Literature Concentration
1) Primary Field:
a) Ancient Egyptian language and literature: for the PhD, the student must acquire a detailed knowledge and proficiency in all phases of ancient Egyptian: Old, Middle, and Late Egyptian, as well as Demotic and Coptic. All genres of texts and all types of writing are to be learned. Each student is to acquire a thorough understanding of the grammar of each period and diachronic relationships.
b) History, culture, art, and archaeology of ancient Egypt: courses chosen should provide the student with a detailed knowledge of Egyptian history from Pre-historic until Graeco-Roman times. Familiarity with the basic trends in the history of Egyptian art and archaeology is to be acquired along with knowledge of the chief groups of artifacts and their chronological and cultural significance. A thorough understanding of Egyptian religion, political organizations, social structure, and technology must be obtained. The student must acquire the ability to relate archaeological, cultural, and textual evidence.

2) Secondary Field:
a) Language of chosen secondary field of concentration: The student must obtain a working knowledge of another language of the ancient Near East or Greece: Akkadian, Sumerian, Hittite, Biblical Hebrew or Greek. With appropriate permission of the Advisers, Arabic may in specific occasions be substituted.
b) History, culture, art, and archaeology: It is necessary to obtain knowledge of the major aspects of the history and culture of the secondary field of concentration in which the language was chosen. These include: Mesopotamia, Syria-Palestine, Turkey, or Greece, and, in addition, a basic knowledge of the history of the ancient Near East.

B) Archaeology Concentration
1) Primary Field:
a) Language of ancient Egypt: The student must obtain a comprehensive knowledge of Middle Egyptian texts and grammar and have familiarity with texts and grammar of Old and Late Egyptian.
b) Archaeology, art, history, and culture of ancient Egypt: The student must obtain a detailed knowledge of the main styles and development of Egyptian art and architecture, and of their cultural functions; detailed knowledge of the chief groups of artifacts and of their chronological and cultural significance; and thorough familiarity with archaeological techniques in general and of those relevant to Egypt in particular. A comprehensive understanding of religion, political organizations, social structure, and technology of ancient Egypt is also essential. The student must be able to integrate cultural, archaeological and textual evidence.
c) History of ancient Egypt: The student is to acquire a detailed knowledge of all phases of ancient Egyptian history, from prehistoric through Graeco-Roman times.

2) Secondary Field:
a) Art, Archaeology, history, culture, and anthropology: Students will be required to demonstrate thorough knowledge of these aspects of the chosen secondary area of concentration as well as a basic general knowledge of the history of the ancient Near East.
b) Archaeological interpretation and techniques: The students must become familiar with basic archaeological field techniques and the methods used to interpret archaeological evidence.

C) Secondary Field in Egyptology
Graduate students in other programs (such as Mesopotamian Civilizations or Biblical Studies) who take a secondary field in Egyptology must take at least four courses in Egyptian language (Middle Egyptian and another significant phase) and two in history and culture.