Graduate program in Mediterranean Archaeology at University of Tennessee: application deadline Dec. 1

M.A. and Ph.D Programs in Anthropology with a Concentration in Mediterranean Archaeology at the University of Tennessee–Knoxville.

Both programs are offered by the Department of Anthropology in cooperation with Mediterranean archaeologists in the Departments of Classics, History, Architecture, and Religious Studies.
            The M.A. program in Anthropology with a concentration in Mediterranean Archaeology is designed to provide students with a sound basic training in Anthropology, the Archaeology and History of the Ancient Mediterranean and, if needed, Classical languages so that they can successfully apply to a Ph.D program in Mediterranean Archaeology elsewhere.
            Students may decide to continue for a Ph.D degree in Anthropology at the University of Tennessee, combining Mediterranean Archaeology with a specialty of the core Anthropology faculty. UTK’s Department of Anthropology is particularly renowned for bioanthropology and bioarchaeology; it also offers training in palaeoethnobotany and zooarchaeology. Qualified students may be accepted directly into the Ph.D program.

Requirements for admission:

– Students should have completed appropriate undergraduate courses in archaeology or anthropology. An anthropology minor is preferred as a minimum.
– They should have a GPA of 3.5 in their major and 3.3 overall.
– By the time they apply they must have the agreement of one of the participating Mediterranean archaeologists to work with them on their MA thesis or PhD dissertation. This means that they need to contact this professor before the application deadline of December 1 (see list of participating faculty with contact information below).
– Note that students who want to pursue a traditional Ph.D degree in Classical Archaeology must take at least two 400 or 500-level courses in Latin or ancient Greek. This means that they should have at least 5 semesters of Latin or 4 semesters of Greek by the time they enter the program. It is possible for students to start with less preparation, but that means that they will spend additional time taking Latin or Greek courses, and thus take longer to get their degree. There are alternative Ph.D paths in Classical Archaeology as well. Please contact Dr. Stephen Collins-Elliott or myself if you have questions in this respect.

Students are required to start the graduate program in the Fall semester. The application deadline is December 1 for entry in the following fall. Please visit for more advice regarding admissions.

Note about modern language skills:
French and German are important languages in modern scholarship in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology. Italian is increasingly important in Roman Archaeology. We do not require knowledge of modern languages at the M.A. level, but if you are serious about pursuing a Ph.D degree, you should acquire a reading knowledge of the languages you need, either before you enter our graduate program or while you are in the program. Acquiring modern language skills while you are in the program may mean that you will take longer to get your degree.

M.A. Degree Requirements:

24 hours of courses:

13 hours of core courses:
                        ANTH 510 Method and Theory in Cultural Anthropology
                        ANTH 560 Theory in Archaeology
                        ANTH 590 Method and Theory in Biological Anthropology
ANTH 550 Contemporary Issues in Anthropology (Must be taken
every Fall semester, 1 hour credit)
ANTH 504 Statistics

11 additional hours selected, in consultation with student’s advisor, from courses
offered in the Anthropology, History or Classics Departments, including (for
those students working on Greece or Rome) 6 hours of classical language work
at the 400-level or above

6 thesis hours

Ph.D Degree Requirements:

48 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree, or 24 credit hours beyond the master’s degree
for other requirements, see:

Financial Aid:

The Department of Classics in collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences has two Graduate Teaching Assistantships (with tuition waiver), and is pleased to offer one GTA to an incoming student in 2017-2018. This GTA can be extended but is subject to annual evaluation.

Participating archaeologists from the Departments of Classics, History, and Religious Studies as well as the School of Architecture, with their research specialties:

Prof. S. Collins-Elliott (Classics): archaeology of Rome and early Italy; computational approaches in archaeology; co-director, project Hesperides in Morocco                                                                                          

Prof. E. Darby (Religious Studies): ancient Judaic religion and iconography; co-director, Ayn Gharandal project in Jordan

Prof. J.P. Dessel (History): archaeology of the Near East (including Cyprus) and Egypt; rise of complex societies, pottery analysis; excavates at Tell Taynat, Turkey

Prof. G. Kalas (Architecture): archaeology and art history of the Late Roman Empire and the early Middle Ages; field work in the Roman Forum

Prof. M.K. Langdon (Classics): archaeology and epigraphy of Classical Greece; field work in Attica

Prof. A. Van de Moortel (Classics): Aegean Prehistory and maritime archaeology of Antiquity and the Middle Ages; rise and decline of complex societies, pottery analysis; co-director of Mitrou Archaeological Project in Greece; pottery projects at Malia; research project on medieval ship construction in the southern North Sea region

Sample list of Classics courses (non-language):

  *   Undergraduate Courses in Classics that carry Graduate Credit
CLAS/ANTH 436 Cities and Sanctuaries of the Greek and Roman World

CLAS 439 Pompeii
CLAS 441 Special Topics in Classical Civilization
CLAS/ANTH 442 Archaeology of the Prehistoric Aegean
CLAS/ANTH 443 Archaeology and Art of Ancient Greece
CLAS/ANTH 444 Archaeology and Art of Ancient Italy and Rome
CLAS 445 Ancient and Medieval Seafaring
CLAS 446 Archaeological Statistics
CLAS 461 Special Topics in Classical Archaeology, e.g., Pottery Analysis

  *   Graduate Classes in Classics
CLAS/ANTH 562 Special topics in Mediterranean Archaeology.
CLAS 565 Seminar in Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations
CLAS 591 Foreign Study
CLAS 593 Independent Study

Sample list of History courses:

  *   Undergraduate Courses in History that carry graduate credit:
HIME 400 History of Mesopotamia
HIME 484 Studies in Jewish History/Biblical Archaeology/ Roman and Byzantine synagogues
HIME 486 Studies in the Ancient Near East/Egypt, Anatolia, Cyprus,

  *   Graduate Classes in History
HIEU 531 Topics in Premodern Europe
HIME 559 Topics in Jewish History
HIST 585 Topics in World History

            In addition, 300-level classes in those departments can be taken for graduate credit by special consent of the instructor, e.g.:

                        CLAS/HIEU 302 History of Greece I
                        CLAS/HIEU 306 History of Greece II
                        CLAS/REST 345 Greek and Roman religion

                        HIEU 303/CLAS 309 History of the Roman Republic
                        HIEU/CLAS 304          History of the Roman Empire
                        HIEU/CLAS 305          History of the Later Roman Empire
                        HIME/JST 382 Archaeology of the Biblical World
                        HIME/JST 383 Early Jewish History

For more information, please contact:

Aleydis Van de Moortel, Ph.D

Chancellor’s Professor
Lindsay Young Professor and Head
Department of Classics
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996-0413
Phone 1(865) 974-8279