College of Communication and Fine Arts Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology
Sample Two-Year Schedule

Below is a sample schedule with variations for a hypothetical student in the Art History Master's degree program with a concentration in Egyptian art. This sample schedule is meant to serve as a guideline for planning your individual course of study at The University of Memphis.

It is not intended to be your actual schedule.

Only courses in the Middle Egyptian language series (ARTH 7115, ARTH 7116 and ARTH 7117) are offered in the same semester each year. The scheduling of other courses is variable and the student should check the schedule of classes available through their personal MYMEMPHIS account for Course Sections offered in any given semester.

Before registering for courses each semester, the student must be advised by the academic advisor, Dr. Lorelei Corcoran.

Click "Program Requirements" to download an Acrobat pdf file created by Dr. Mariam Ayad to help you plan your courses.

Course abbreviations: ARTH = Art History; HIST = History



YEAR 1:

Courses identified as "Compulsory" must be taken during the semester indicated.

Semester 1 (Fall) -
ARTH 7115: Middle Egyptian I (3 hours) (Compulsory)
ARTH 6123: Greek Art (3 hours) (Compulsory)*
or ARTH 6124: Roman Art (3 hours)
or ARTH 6125: Art and Archaeology of Pompeii (3 hours)
ARTH 7125: Egyptian Art and Archaeology Seminar (3 hours)


If ARTH 7125 is not offered, one of the following may be available:
ARTH 6111: Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egyptian (3 hours)
ARTH 6112: Old and Middle Kingdom Art (3 hours)
ARTH 6113: New Kingdom and Late Period Art (3 hours)
HIST 6323: Egypt of the Pharaohs (3 hours)

* Roman Art or Art and Archaeology of Pompeii may only be substituted for Greek Art with the approval of the academic advisor if it (Greek Art) is not taught during the academic year. With the approval of the academic advisor, Dr. Corcoran, students who have had Classical art as part of their undergraduate degree programs may be granted an exemption from Greek Art.


Qualifying examinations in Egyptian Art and Middle Egyptian language must be passed before beginning the second semester of instruction.

The Egyptian Art exam draws on images of objects illustrated in The Art and Architecture of Ancient Egypt by William Stevenson Smith; revised by William Kelly Simpson (Yale University Press 1998). For the exam, the student will be asked to identify the 1) name, 2) date, 3) site of origin and 4) current location (museum) for fifty (50) images.

The Middle Egyptian language exam focuses on translation, transliteration and grammatical analysis, and covers material studied in the first semester of the language series (ARTH 7115: Middle Egyptian I).

The foreign language proficiency exam (French or German) preferably should be passed by the end of the first year. Contact Dr. Corcoran to schedule your exam.

Students are advised to select a possible thesis topic before the end of their second semester. The student may begin research and writing on their thesis topic as part of the required course: ARTH 7130 Art History Methods and Practice.


Semester 2 (Spring) -
ARTH 7116: Middle Egyptian II (3 hours) (Compulsory)
ARTH 7130: Art History Methods and Practice (3 hours) (Compulsory)
ARTH 7125: Seminar in Egyptian Art and Archaeology (3 hours)


If ARTH 7125 is not offered, another course may be substituted, such as:
ARTH 7121: Ancient Art (Egyptian or Near Eastern topic) (3 hours)
ARTH 6111: Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egyptian (3 hours)
ARTH 6112: Old and Middle Kingdom Art (3 hours)
ARTH 6113: New Kingdom and Late Period Art (3 hours)
HIST 6323: Egypt of the Pharaohs (3 hours)

The student must take one of the ARTH 6111, 6112 or 6113 series sometime during the first year of study. 

The student, in consultation with the academic advisor, Dr. Corcoran, should have selected the chair of the student's Thesis committee by the end of the second semester (year 1).


YEAR 2:

Semester 3 (Fall) -
ARTH 7117: Middle Egyptian Literature (3 hours)
ARTH 7125: Seminar in Egyptian Art and Archaeology (3 hours)


One elective from the following is a partial list of possible choices:

HIST 6323: Egypt of the Pharaohs (3 hours)
HIST 7320: Studies in Ancient History (Egyptian topic) (3 hours)
ARTH 6112: Old and Middle Kingdom Art (3 hours)
ARTH 6113: New Kingdom and Late Period Art (3 hours)
ARTH 7110: Advanced Individual Study in Art History (3 hours)
ARTH 7121: Ancient Art (Egyptian topic) (3 hours)
ARTH 7660: Directed Individual Study (3 hours)
ARTH 7996: Thesis Writing (3 hours)
(Students may elect to begin their thesis earlier in the academic year.)

Semester 4 (Spring) -
ARTH 7996: Thesis Writing (3-9 hours) (Compulsory)


One or two electives, the following is a partial list of choices: (if taking fewer than 6 thesis hours):
ARTH 6112: Old and Middle Kingdom Art (3 hours)
ARTH 6113: New Kingdom and Late Period Art (3 hours)
ARTH 7118: Middle Egyptian Historical Texts (3 hours)
ARTH 7119: Late Egyptian (3 hours)
ARTH 7121: Ancient Art (Egyptian topic) (3 hours)
ARTH 7125: Seminar in Egyptian Art and Archaeology (3 hours)
HIST 6323: Egypt of the Pharaohs (3 hours)
HIST 7320: Studies in Ancient History (Egyptian topic) (3 hours)

Elective courses taken outside the concentration must be approved by the academic advisor, Dr. Corcoran.

The thesis may not be submitted to the Committee until all other requirements have been satisfied.

A written Comprehensive Examination is taken by the student after the completed thesis has been reviewed by the student's Thesis Committee. Immediately following the Comprehensive Examination, the student must defend both the Thesis and the Comprehensive Exam to the full Thesis Committee.

With the approval of the Thesis Advisor, the revised Thesis is submitted to the Graduate Division following the successful defense.

By University of Memphis requirement, the defended and corrected Thesis is filed with the Graduate Division approximately ONE MONTH before the end of the final semester of study.

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Memphis, TN 38152-3140

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