ANTH 3372. ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE ANCIENT NEAR EAST. 3 Hours.
Survey of the cultures of Mesopotamia, Syria, Palestine, and Anatolia from the earliest agricultural settlements to the late first millennium B.C. based on the surviving archaeological remains. Among the topics covered: Nature of early urbanism; development of religious and economic hierarchies; origins and impact of writing; interrelationships among early states.
The principal common educational objective in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology is to develop a systematic understanding of social behavior, human culture, and social institutions. Knowledge of human social and cultural relationships is vital to a meaningful perspective on and understanding of the society in which we live. Contemporary societies are characterized by diversity, rapid change, complex organization, and extensive specialization. Programs of study in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology pursue the challenge of:
The Master of Arts program in sociology is designed to provide students with a firm substantive background in sociological theory and in the techniques of contemporary research methodology and statistical analyses. In addition to these core concerns, the program offers a variety of seminars, as well as practicum opportunities, to help prepare students for a wide range of professional careers in both the private and public sectors or continued graduate education at the Ph.D. level. Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships in Sociology Graduate teaching and research assistantships and other forms of financial support will be awarded on a competitive basis. In addition to performance in any graduate courses the student may have taken, the same criteria used to determine admission status will be used in evaluating applications for such awards. No single factor, including standardized test scores, will be used to end consideration of any graduate assistantships.