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Jezreel Video

The Jezreel Expedition

This summer, 12 UE students and alumni joined Department Chair Jennie Ebeling in northern Israel for the inaugural dig of the Jezreel Expedition. Watch the video to learn about their experience!

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The Archaeology and Art History blog reports on the department’s activities and those of its current students and alumni. In this photo, archaeology majors and expedition co-directors pose in front of Jezebel’s Tower at Jezreel, Israel.

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Students Sifting

The Tin City Expedition

Students in UE's Archaeology program have the opportunity to do an on-campus excavation each year, giving them hands-on experience that will prepare them to succeed in the field.

The Department of Archaeology and Art History offers challenging learning experiences through an interdisciplinary approach. Students are required to take classes in a range of fields outside of their major with faculty who provide collaborative and supportive interaction. The department also engages its students in purposeful experiences such as fieldwork within the United States and abroad. Eighty percent of students participate in study abroad experiences.

UE’s close-knit department is one of few Mediterranean archaeology programs in the region and unusual in that it grants a BA in archaeology. The archaeology major concentrates on ancient Mediterranean, Near East, and Western Europe. The department’s art history major offers a focus on western art, but also provides exposure to the art of China and Japan.

The academic profile of archaeology and art history students is high. Every semester, approximately 20 students make the Dean's List. Students seek out and have been awarded competitive undergraduate scholarships from the National Science Foundation, National Park Service, and UExplore Undergraduate Research. With a pool of motivated students like these, the department has produced many successful alumni who work in an array of fields.