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Minor in Archaeology

This minor is designed to give you a hands on look at how archaeological evidence is discovered, processed, conserved, analyzed, and used to explain the past. It can be added to any four year major, but will be most suited for students in the four-year Bible Exposition and Exegesis or Biblical Studies majors. The archaeology program combines 12 credit hours of classroom instruction with a required four-week, 6 credit field study course in Israel. You will get a chance to participate in an actual archaeological excavation where you can make a contribution to this field. This minor is preparation for continued study in archaeology or for graduate studies in theology/biblical studies.

Program Outcomes

  • Develop a student’s ability to handle archaeological data accurately, to think logically, and to make
    precise arguments based on evidence.
  • Train students to employ archaeological data in their exegesis and exposition of the Bible.
  • Prepare students for entrance into an M.A. program in Anthropology, Archaeology, or Biblical
    Archaeology.

Career/Ministry Opportunities

Students interested in a career in Archaeology can pursue employment in fields like museum curation and conservation, cultural resources management, research, education, and field archaeology. This minor is preparation for continued study as an advanced degree is typically required for entrance into these fields.

In the ministry arena, many are aware that the study of archaeology can contribute to more thorough exegesis and exposition, but few are trained to handle archaeological data accurately. This minor, especially when taken as part of the Bible Exposition and Exegesis major, will enable you to integrate the best biblical archaeology has to offer into your ministry, be that teaching, preaching, or writing. Your strength will be in your ability to understand the text more clearly and explain it to others more accurately. This minor is excellent preparation for an advanced degree from a seminary.

Required Courses

  • Introduction to Archaeology/Old Testament Archaeology (ARC 102)
  • Archaeology of the Second Temple Period (ARC 202) 
  • Archaeological Field Studies (ARC 400) 
  • Bible Geography (BT 278) 
  • History of the Ancient Near East (HIS 410) 
  • History and Literature of the Second Temple Period (HIS/BT 372)

18 Credit Hours

2014 Tel Gezer Dig

Emmaus Students Return Home Safely From Excavation and Study Tour of Israel

Eight Emmaus Bible College students and recent graduates travelled to Israel under the leadership of Bible Department Chair Dr. Steven H. Sanchez to participate in the 2014 Tel Gezer Excavations. The trip was designed to allow the students to... READ MORE