Minor in Archaeology

Bible & Ministry Department


The minor in Archaeology is designed to give you hands-on experience with 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 Biblical Studies majors. The archaeology program combines 15 credit hours of classroom instruction with a required archaeological field study approved by the Archaeology Program Director. You will get a chance to participate in an archaeological excavation where you can gain valuable field experience. This minor is preparatory for continued study in archaeology or for graduate studies in biblical or theological studies.

Program Type
Total Credits
18 - 21
Program Director
JJ Routley
Program Learning Outcomes

The student will:

  1. Develop the ability to handle archaeological data accurately, think logically, and make precise arguments based on evidence.
  2. Learn to employ archaeological data in their exegesis and exposition of the Bible.
  3. Develop the necessary skills and knowledge for entrance into an M.A. program in anthropology, archaeology, or biblical archaeology.
Program Requirements
  • Introduction to Archaeology/Old Testament Archaeology (ARC 102)
  • New Testament Archaeology (ARC 203)
  • Archaeological Field Studies (ARC 400)
  • Bible Geography (BT 278)
  • History of the Ancient Near East (HIS 410)
  • Old Testament Elective (300-400 level)

18-21 credit hours

The Bible classes I took at Emmaus allowed me to enter advanced placement at the MDiv program which I'm currently completing part-time, and the close relationships I developed with professors really sticks out in my mind. I was grateful to have professors whom I could talk to, when I needed to, about school or anything else.
Sam George
Archeology Minor Graduate
Emmaus alum, Sam George, on an archaeological dig