Bryn Mawr College - Bryn Mawr, PA

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Fields of Study and Financial Aid The Department of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, which traces its origins to the founding of Bryn Mawr College in 1885, is part of the Graduate Group in Archaeology, Classics, and History of Art. The curriculum stresses both breadth and depth of study and has prepared students for successful careers in a variety of fields, including teaching, research, publishing, and work in museums and foundations.The areas of departmental focus are the art and archaeology of the Greek and Roman world and its Mediterranean predecessors and the art and archaeology of the ancient Near East. It is expected that students will take a broad range of courses in these fields as they develop theirprograms of study in their majors and allied subjects. Allied subjects are ancient history, history of art, ancient languages, or a science related to the program of the student. Graduate instruction takes the form of seminars and tutorial units of supervised study. Students are encouraged to take part in fieldwork projects sponsored by the college and by other institutions, as well as to undertake research abroad. They are also able to take classes at the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, and Princeton University through reciprocal arrangements with those institutions.Financial aid is available through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the department, and the Graduate Group. Funding takes the form of scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships; support is also available for travel undertaken for research or for participation in professional conferences.The graduate students annually organize the C. Densmore Curtis Lecture. They select a speaker who gives a public lecture and a seminar for the students. The Graduate Group The Graduate Group in Archaeology, Classics, and History of Art offers graduate students many curricular opportunities, both formal and informal, that both encourage interdisciplinary study and assist professional development.Students from the 3 departments are encouraged to take classes in all 3. There are 2 weekly series of lectures, the Classics Colloquium and the colloquium of the Center for Visual Culture. The Graduate Group seminars, usually team-taught by faculty members in departments both within and beyond the Group, are interdisciplinary in subject and approach. Curatorial internships furnish the opportunity for students to work with materials in the Special Collections of the college as well as in 5 area institutions, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and the American Philosophical Society.The students of the Graduate Group organize the biennial Graduate Symposium, selecting a theme and organizing the 2-day event at which graduate students from across the nation present papers. Shared Scholarly Resources and Research Facilities The Rhys Carpenter Library is named for the renowned classical archaeologist who taught at Bryn Mawr from 1913 through 1955. The collection of approximately 125,000 volumes and 500 periodical titles supports research in archaeology, history of art, classics, and urban studies.Additional materials relating to those fields are held in Canaday Library, which also houses the collections of rare books, manuscripts, and other materials in Special Collections.The Ella Riegel Memorial Study Collection holds an excellent and diverse teaching collection of material in many media that permits students to work first-hand with objects such as coins, Near Eastern seals, and Greek and Roman pottery and ceramics from much of the Mediterranean area, including collections from excavated sites.

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