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Archaeology, Technology and Historical Structures

 Class of 2014
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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)
  • CLA220 (W)—Classical Archaeology: Greek Art and Archaeology (TR 1525-1640)

Core courses:

  • ME 108—Engineering and Architectural Heritage (MW 1650-1805)
  • AH 114—Creating Architecture (M 1650-1930)
  • AH 245—Architecture in the High Middle Ages (TR 1400-1515)
  • IT 223—Monuments of Ancient Italy (UR Arezzo Study Abroad Program)
  • CLA 102—Cultural History of Ancient Greece (TR 1400-1515)
  • ME 208—Structural Dynamic and Instrumentation on Architectural Heritage Buildings (MW 1400-1515)
  • PHL 201—History of Ancient Philosophy (TR 1525-1640)
  • HIS 102—The West and the World to 1500 (MWF 1150-1240)
  • HIS 180—History of Technology (MW 1815-1930)
  • EES 215—Environmental and Applied Geophysics (TR 940-1055)

Elective courses:

  • AH 137—Introduction to Modern Architecture (MW 900-1015)
  • IT 244—Art History: Age of Dante (UR Arezzo Study Abroad Program)
  • EES 119—Energy and Society (MWF 1025-1115)
  • EES 204W—Earth Materials (MWF 900-950)
  • LAT 102—Elementary Latin II (MWF 1150-1240)
  • CGR 101—New Testament and Classical Greek I (MW 1525-1640)
  • CGR 103—Intermediate Greek (MW 1650-1805)
  • CLA 209—Ancient Roman Religion (TR 940-1055)
  • ME 110—Intro CAD and Drawing (T 1525-1640)
  • 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 and Quality Engineering (WF 1025-1140)
  • ME 225—Introduction to Fluid Mechanics (MWF 900-950)

Program News

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

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"THE BALANCED SKILL: Pseudo Vaults and the Vaults in the Ancient Mediterranean"

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The Face behind the Mask of the Roman Gladiator


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Summer 2014 Study Abroad


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"CAJAMARCA: The First Encounter Between Two Worlds and the 500 Years After That"

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