Programme of BA studies

Overview

The study programme extensively covers new trends in archaeological research and discusses archaeology’s social function. Our course focuses mostly on Mediterranean archaeology and providing students with the elementary knowledge and practical skills that will enable them to participate in excavations anywhere around the world.

The programme includes a wide range of courses on general topics in archaeology, as well as in-depth courses on prehistoric and ancient societies of the Near East, Egypt, Greece, Rome, the Roman Provinces and the Americas. Simultaneously, our course focuses on practical aspects; excavation methods, field documentation, data acquisition and processing techniques, all indispensable in modern academic practice, or museology, which prepares students for  exhibition organisation and cooperation with cultural institutions.

A significant element within the programme is field training: field walking survey and excavation seasons. The excavations are conducted by researchers affiliated with the Faculty of Archaeology at the University of Warsaw, in Poland or abroad – in Egypt, Georgia, Armenia, Uzbekistan, Bulgaria, Italy, South America and many more locations.

During their studies, students acquire specialist knowledge in archaeology enabling their active participation in excavations at sites of diverse character – reading and documenting stratigraphy, handling measuring devices, preparing research or museum catalogue entries, searching archives, performing scholarly analyses and drawing conservation records, as well as realising exhibitions.

Professional and general knowledge developed in the course of their studies, as well as competencies in individual work and cooperation within a team, form a strong base for further studies at the second-cycle level in archaeology and other fields.

Programme

Printable version of the BA programme

1st year

    • Introduction to Archaeology – Lecture, 60 hrs (4 ECTS)
    • Archaeology of Egypt and Nubia – Lecture, 60 hrs (4 ECTS) and obligatory classes, 60 hrs (5 ECTS)
    • Archaeology of the Ancient Near East – Lecture, 60 hrs (4 ECTS) and obligatory classes, 60 hrs (5 ECTS)
    • Outline of Prehistoric Archaeology – Lecture, 60 hrs (4 ECTS)
    • Environmental Archaeology – Lecture, 30 hrs (2 ECTS)
    • Bioarchaeology – Lecture, 30 hrs (2 ECTS)
    • Archaeological Excavation Methods and Surveying  – Obligatory classes, 60 hrs (4 ECTS)
    • Techniques of Data Acquisition and Processing – Obligatory classes, 30 hrs (2 ECTS)
    • OGUN (General University Humanities Lecture) – Lecture (selected from the offer), 60 hrs (5 ECTS)
    • Intellectual Property Protection – Obligatory classes,  4 hrs (0.5 ECTS)
    • Occupational Health and Safety – Obligatory classes, 4 hrs (0.5 ECTS)
    • Sport – 30 hrs (no ECTS)*
    • Excavations – 300 hrs (18 ECTS)

Sum of ECTS: 60

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2nd year

    • Archaeology of Rome and the Roman Provinces – Lecture, 60 hrs (4 ECTS) and obligatory classes, 60 hrs (5 ECTS)
    • Archaeology of Greece – Lecture, 60 hrs (4 ECTS) and obligatory classes, 60 hrs (5 ECTS)
    • Outline of Archaeology of the Americas –  Lecture, 60 hrs (4 ECTS)
    • Museology, Conservation and Popularisation of Archaeology – Lecture, 60 hrs (4 ECTS)
    • Ancient Technology: Stone, Pottery and Glass – Obligatory classes, 30 hrs (2 ECTS)
    • Ancient Technology: Organic Materials – Obligatory classes, 30 hrs (2 ECTS)
    • Archaeological Documentation Methods – Obligatory classes, 60 hrs (4 ECTS)
    • Photography and Drawing of Artefacts – Obligatory classes, 60 hrs (4 ECTS)
    • OGUN (General University Humanities Lecture) – Lecture (selected from the offer), 60 hrs (5 ECTS)
    • Ancient Language (Latin) – Obligatory classes, 60 hrs (4 ECTS)
    • Modern Language– Classes, 120 hrs (4 ECTS)*
    • Sport – 60 hrs (0 ECTS)**
    • Excavations – 150 hrs (9 ECTS)

Sum of ECTS: 60

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3rd year

    • Proseminar I: Egypt and Near East – 60 hrs (6 ECTS)
    • Proseminar II: Classical Archaeology – 60 hrs (6 ECTS)
    • Optional classes – Classes selected from the offer, 3 x 30 hrs (3 x 3 ECTS)
    • Introduction to Methodology – Obligatory conversatory, 30 hrs (3 ECTS)
    • Scientific Workshop – Obligatory conversatory, 30 hrs (4 ECTS)
    • OGUN (General University Humanities Lecture), 60 hrs (5 ECTS)
    • Ancient Language (Greek) – Seminar, 60 hrs (4 ECTS)
    • Modern Language – 120 hrs,  (4 ECTS)*
    • Modern Language EXAM  – 0 hrs, (2 ECTS)*
    • Sport 60 hrs (0 ECTS)**
    • Fieldwalking surveys – 30 hrs, (1 ECTS)
    • BA thesis – (16 ECTS)

Sum of ECTS: 60

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Printable versions of the BA programme for 3r year of BA (students starting in Oct 2018) OLD PROGRAMME

 

Before you start attending the classes, please check whether you submitted all necessary application documents to the Students’ Affairs Office. As soon as all these documents are submitted, you will be able to log in to the USOSweb system with the same login and password as the IRK (application) system:

USOS

Then you can choose the classes and lectures according to your programme and schedule. Please note that OGUN lectures must be paid for with tokens, which are visible on your account. For any questions concerning the USOSweb system, visit the Welcome Point on the Main Campus:

USOS registration assistance

For any questions concerning the BA programme, please contact the Head of Archaeology (Studies in English), Dr. Katarzyna Pyżewicz wa.head.archeology@uw.edu.pl

 

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