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Slave Castles and Forts of West Africa: West Africa, Europeans, and the Atlantic World

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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 106 - Engineering in Antiquity (MW, 1650-1805)
  • CLA 220 (W) - Classical Archaeology: Greek Art & Archaeology (MW, 1525-1640)

Core Courses:

  • ME 106 - Engineering in Antiquity (MW, 1650-1805)
  • AH 106 - Introduction to Archaeology (TR, 940-1055)
  • CLA 220 (W) - Classical Archaeology: Greek Art & Archaeology (MW, 1525-1640)
  • MTH 300W - History of Mathematics I (TR, 940-1055)

Elective Courses:

  • ME 110 - Introduction to CAD and Drawing (T, 1525-1640)
  • ME 120 - Engineering Mechanics: Statics (TR, 1650-1805)
  • ME 226 - Introduction to Solid Mechanics (TR, 1105-1220)
  • ME 254 - Finite Elements (TR, 1815-1930)
  • SA 131 - Introduction to Sculpture (TR, 940-1220)
  • EES 211 (W) - Geohazards and Their Mitigation: Living on an Active Planet (TR, 940-1055)
  • LAT 101 - Elementary Latin I (MWF, 1150-1240)
  • LAT 103 - Intermediate Latin (TR, 1650-1805)
  • CGR 102 - New Testament & Classical Greek II (TR, 940-1055)
  • CLA 135 - Classical Mythology (TR, 1400-1515)

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.

  • AAS 204 (P)/AH 243/ANT 269/CLA 205/HIS 216 - Early Civilizations of Africa (TR, 1650-1805)
  • AAS 302 (P)/AH 302/ANT 273/CLA 302/HIS 215 - Archaeology of West Africa (TR, 1400-1515)
  • CAS 101 (P)/AH 110/ANT 121/HIS 107 - The City: Contested Spaces (MW, 1525-1640)
  • HIS 186 - History of Energy Resources and Utilization (MW, 1815-1930)

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Preserving Local Cultural Heritage: San Gemini Preservation Studies 1999-2015

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Carsulae: An Ancient Roman Spa

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New AAS Courses: Spring 2016


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"Sectarianism and Architecture: The Foundation and Destruction of Shi'i Shrines in Syria and Iraq in the 21st Century"

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Summer 2015 Archaeology Field Schools


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"The Challenge of Preserving Heritage Buildings in Earthquake-Prone Areas: Applications to Peru"

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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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