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Archaeology, Technology and Historical Structures

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Information about the Program

This innovative multidisciplinary program studies the establishment and evolution of technological, architectural, and engineering practices and their relationship to the ancient and pre-industrial societies and cultures, which technology and engineering helped create and sustain. Assuming a global perspective, the program integrates material from several disciplines in engineering and the natural sciences, the humanities, and the social sciences. Students learn to apply engineering, archaeological, architectural, and historical methodologies to explore the creation of artifacts, buildings, and infrastructural systems within and across societies and cultures from the first millennium B.C. to the eighteenth century. A prominent feature of the program is undergraduate research under the aegis of both the University of Rochester and prestigious foreign academic institutions to address issues of interpretation, conservation, and restoration of the world’s cultural heritage.

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Special Features of the Program

  • Multidisciplinary and interdepartmental
  • Integration of archaeology, architecture, classics, art history, history of technology, and engineering
  • Study on location and study abroad opportunities
  • Major and minor
  • Research with faculty leading to Senior Thesis
  • Global perspective across societies and cultures
  • Collaboration with prestigious foreign academic institutions
  • New and unique academic program at the national level
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ATHS Courses

FOUNDATION COURSES – Students in the major program must take three foundation courses – one course from engineering (either ME104Q or ME106), one from architecture (either AH107 or AH243), and one from archaeology (either CLA220 or CLA221). The minor requires only two foundation courses, one of which must be from engineering (either ME104Q or ME106) and the other may be from architecture or archaeology (AH107, AH243, CLA220, CLA221).

CORE COURSES – Depending on their program, students in the major take three or four core courses selected from the four cores: Engineering; Archaeology and Architecture; History; and Science, Technology and Society. Foundation courses not taken for the foundation requirement can be used as core courses. For Track A Majors taking four core courses, at least three courses must be chosen from the same core. For Track B Majors taking three core courses, at least two core courses must be chosen from the same core. The minor program requires two core courses, which may be selected from different cores.

ELECTIVE COURSES – Depending on their program, students in the major take three or four elective courses, which must be selected from the list of electives or from the list of core courses. The minor may include a single elective, or two depending on their program.

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Foundation Courses:

  • ME 104 - The Engineering of Bridges (TR, 940-1055)

Core Courses:

  • ME 104 - The Engineering of Bridges (TR, 940-1055)
  • ME 107 (W) - Mechanics & Optics in Antiquities (MW, 1230-1345)
  • AH 114 - Creating Architecture: An Introduction (M, 1650-1930)
  • CLA 214 - The Ancient City (MW, 1025-1140)
  • IT 223 - Monuments of Ancient Italy: History, Structure, Form (TBA - Arezzo, Italy)
  • CLA 115 - Roman World (MW, 1650-1805)
  • PHL 201 - History of Ancient Philosophy (TR, 1400-1515)

Elective Courses:

  • ME 110 - Introduction to CAD and Drawing (T, 1525-1640 OR T, 1650-1805)
  • ME 120 - Engineering Mechanics: Statics (TR, 1230-1345)
  • ME 121 - Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics (TR, 1105-1220)
  • ME 204 - Mechanical Design (MW, 1650-1805)
  • ME 222 - Introduction to Robust Design & Quality Engineering (WF, 1025-1140)
  • ME 225 - Introduction to Fluid Dynamics (MWF, 900-950)
  • IT 244 - Art, Architecture, and Literature in the Age of Dante and Beyond (TBA - Arezzo, Italy)
  • SA 131 - Introduction to Sculpture (TR, 940-1220)
  • EES 204W - Earth Materials (MWF, 1150-1240)
  • LAT 102 - Elementary Latin II (MWF, 1150-1240)
  • CGR 101 - New Testament & Classical Greek I (TR, 940-1055)
  • CGR 103 - Intermediate Greek I (TR, 1105-1220)

Other Courses:

The following courses have appropriate content, but have not been officially approved for the ATH major/minor. Please see Professor Perrucchio for approval.

  • AH 237 - Islamic Architecture in Context (MW, 1650-1805)
  • AH 341 - Art of Infrastructure (W, 1400-1640)
  • EES 205 - Solid Earth Geophysics (MW, 1025-1140)
  • EES 251 - Introduction to Remote Sensing and GIS (TBA)
  • HIS 305W - Maritime Atlantic World (M, 1400-1640)

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Professor Elizabeth Colantoni has received the G. Graydon Curtis '58 and Jane W. Curtis Award for Nontenured Faculty Teaching Excellence.

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