Graduate Courses

The courses listed below are provided by Student Information Services (SIS). This listing provides a snapshot of immediately available courses within this department and may not be complete. Course registration information can be found at sis.jhu.edu/classes.

Please consult the online course catalog for cross-listed courses and full course information.

Column one has the course number and section. Other columns show the course title, days offered, instructor's name, room number, if the course is cross-referenced with another program, and a option to view additional course information in a pop-up window.

Seminar Near Eastern History: Mesopotamia
AS.131.601 (01)

A three-year history cycle required of all graduate students and forming the core of our graduate program. One year each will be devoted to Egyptian history, Mesopotamian history, and Syro-Palestinian history.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: F 2:00PM - 4:30PM
  • Instructor: Lauinger, Jacob
  • Room: Gilman 130G
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 3/15

Readings and Research: History of Syria/Palestine II
AS.131.801 (02)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Mandell, Alice H
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 9/10

Art and Architecture at the Eastern Frontier: Medieval Georgia
AS.010.646 (01)

This seminar investigates the fascinating landscape of medieval art and architecture of Georgia. Its specific geographic position in the South Caucasus, at the cross roads between the East and West, the Christian and Islamic Worlds, had a profound impact on the art and architecture in the region. Ancient sites show close connections with the Graeco-Roman World on the western border and with the Sassanid Empire in the East. The Christianization of the Kingdom of Kartli in the early fourth century resulted in close ties with the development of early Christian art in Syria, the Holy Land, and Byzantium. While the Christian religion remained an identifying factor during several hundred years of Muslim rule (736 to 1122) during which the city of Tbilisi was the capital of an emirate, Islamic motifs and style became an important factor for art works in medieval Georgia. Art and architecture with a specific Byzantine profile flourished in particular after the reunification of Georgia during the reign of King David the Builder (1073- 1125) and Queen Tamar (1184 to 1213). The cathedral and monastery of Gelati and Mzcheta, the murals in the royal monasteries of Vardzia and Khintsvisi, and the countless icons are a testimony to this relationship. We will discuss the specific diverse aesthetics and materiality (stone, enamel and metal works) of Georgian art with the goal to reassess the map of medieval art and architecture that currently does not include the Eastern Frontier. A mandatory c. 10 days field trip to Georgia is planned after classes end in May 2020.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: W 3:00PM - 5:00PM
  • Instructor: Zchomelidse, Nino
  • Room: Gilman 177
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 2/6

Archaeology of Africa: From Human Origins to the Emergence of Civilizations
AS.131.613 (01)

This course examines Africa’s ancient past from the emergence of biologically modern humans, ancient hunter-gatherers, the earliest animal herding and farming populations, to cities and civilizations. While Egypt plays an undeniably central role in world history, this course concentrates in particular on ancient geographies other than Egypt.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 12:00PM - 1:15PM
  • Instructor: Harrower, Michael James
  • Room: Gilman 10
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/2

Readings and Research
AS.131.801 (03)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Lewis, Theodore
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 10/10

Seminar: Near East Archaeology
AS.131.635 (01)

Topic varies but can include the archaeology of Mesopotamia, Syria, or Palestine, or thematic discussions (e.g., on ideology, state collapse, etc.).

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: W 10:00AM - 12:00PM
  • Instructor: Schwartz, Glenn M
  • Room: Gilman 130G
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 15/20

Readings and Research
AS.131.801 (01)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Staff
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 10/10

Readings and Research
AS.131.801 (04)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Delnero, Paul
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 10/10

Advanced Coptic
AS.133.649 (01)

In this class we will read Coptic texts of various genres.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: F 12:00PM - 2:00PM
  • Instructor: Jasnow, Richard
  • Room: MSE Library Eisenberg
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 8/10

Readings and Research
AS.131.801 (05)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Lauinger, Jacob
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 10/10

Introduction To Middle Egyptian (Hieroglyphs)
AS.133.601 (01)

Introduction to the grammar and writing system of the classical language of the Egyptian Middle Kingdom (ca. 2011-1700 B.C.). Co-listed with AS.130.401

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: MWF 10:00AM - 10:50AM
  • Instructor: Zhang, Lingxin
  • Room: MSE Library Eisenberg
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 4/5

Advanced Akkadian
AS.132.612 (01)

Students read texts in the original Akkadian cuneiform with attention to their philological, archaeological, historical, and literary features. The seminar topic varies from semester to semester but usually consists either of texts of various genres from a single period (e.g., Neo-Assyrian) or texts of various period from a signle genre (e.g., letters).

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: F 12:00PM - 2:00PM
  • Instructor: Lauinger, Jacob
  • Room: Gilman 130G
  • Status: Closed
  • Seats Available: 7/15

Readings and Research
AS.131.801 (06)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Bryan, Betsy Morrell
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 10/10

Advanced Sumerian
AS.132.711 (01)

In this course a selection of Sumerian texts from different periods and genres will be read and discussed from a linguistic, philological, historical, and literary perspective.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: T 10:00AM - 12:00PM
  • Instructor: Delnero, Paul
  • Room: Gilman 130G
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/10

Readings and Research
AS.131.801 (08)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Schwartz, Glenn M
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 9/10

Book Of Ezekiel
AS.134.608 (01)

A rapid reading course aimed at increasing proficiency in reading the Hebrew text of the book of Ezekiel. Various aspects of translation and interpretation will be studied (e.g., grammar, textual criticism, Philology) including literary, historical, and theological questions. Cross-listed with Jewish Studies.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: T 3:00PM - 5:00PM
  • Instructor: Lewis, Theodore
  • Room: Gilman 130G
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 6/10

Readings and Research
AS.131.801 (10)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Feldman, Marian
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 9/10

Middle Egyptian Texts
AS.133.611 (01)

In this course we read a variety of Middle Egyptian hieroglyphic compositions and documents. Knowledge of Middle Egyptian Required.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: Th 9:00AM - 12:00PM
  • Instructor: Bryan, Betsy Morrell, Jasnow, Richard
  • Room: Gilman 130G
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 9/12

Old Egyptian
AS.133.631 (01)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: Th 1:00PM - 3:00PM
  • Instructor: Bryan, Betsy Morrell
  • Room: Gilman 130G
  • Status: Canceled
  • Seats Available: 12/12

Readings and Research
AS.131.801 (07)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Jasnow, Richard
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 10/10

Readings and Research
AS.131.801 (09)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Harrower, Michael James
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 10/10

Dissertation Research
AS.131.849 (06)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Lewis, Theodore
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 7/10

Dissertation Research
AS.131.849 (04)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Delnero, Paul
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 9/10

Dissertation Research
AS.131.849 (03)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: McCarter, P Kyle, Jr.
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 10/10

Dissertation Research
AS.131.849 (02)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Schwartz, Glenn M
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 10/10

Late Egyptian Texts
AS.133.641 (01)

An introduction to the grammar and texts of Late Egyptian.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: M 2:00PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Jasnow, Richard
  • Room: Gilman 130G
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 9/12

Mesopotamian Seminar
AS.132.801 (01)

Research and discussion on topics of current interest.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Delnero, Paul, Feldman, Marian, Harrower, Michael James, Lauinger, Jacob, Schwartz, Glenn M
  • Room: Gilman 130G
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 14/20

Northwest Semitic Epigraphy
AS.134.700 (01)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: F 10:00AM - 12:00PM
  • Instructor: Mandell, Alice H
  • Room: Gilman 130G
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 12/15

Dissertation Research
AS.131.849 (08)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Harrower, Michael James
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 10/10

Elementary Sumerian II
AS.132.701 (01)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: Th 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Chapin, Michael A
  • Room: MSE Library Eisenberg
  • Status: Canceled
  • Seats Available: 10/10

Seminar in Research Methods in Near Eastern Studies: Religion and Science
AS.132.609 (01)

This writing intensive seminar examines the relationship between religion and science in ancient Mesopotamia and the rest of the Near East from the 4th millennium to the Hellenistic period. Using a variety of case studies, and through engagement with scholarly literature pertaining to the topic of the course, students will develop skills in specific research skills such as critical reading, analysis, and interpretation.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: W 2:00PM - 4:30PM
  • Instructor: Delnero, Paul
  • Room: Gilman 130G
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 12/15

Dissertation Research
AS.131.849 (09)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Mandell, Alice H
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 9/10

Seminar in Egyptian Technology: Theban Tombs
AS.133.751 (01)

This course will explore the artistic expression of Egyptian culture from the 3rd through the 6th Dynasties, ca. 2700-2100 B.C. Tombs, temples, statuary, and two-dimensional wall decoration provide a large visual vocabulary of Egyptian concepts. This class will look at these elements, separately and in combination in order to consider the intentions behind the art and evaluate the degree to which religious and ideological symbolism, known from later Egyptian art, should be understood in the early pyramid-building era.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: Th 1:00PM - 3:00PM
  • Instructor: Bryan, Betsy Morrell
  • Room: Gilman 130G
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 11/15

Dissertation Research
AS.131.849 (05)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Lauinger, Jacob
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 9/10

Dissertation Research
AS.131.849 (01)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Bryan, Betsy Morrell
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 9/10

Seminar in Hebrew: Archaic Biblical Poetry
AS.134.650 (01)

Translation and analysis of selected texts in Biblical Hebrew giving attention to advanced features of grammar and syntax. Topic: "Archaic Biblical Poetry".

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: Th 3:00PM - 5:00PM
  • Instructor: Lewis, Theodore
  • Room: Gilman 130G
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 7/10

Dissertation Research
AS.131.849 (07)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Jasnow, Richard
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 9/10

Course # (Section) Title Day/Times Instructor Room Info
AS.131.601 (01)Seminar Near Eastern History: MesopotamiaF 2:00PM - 4:30PMLauinger, JacobGilman 130G
AS.131.801 (02)Readings and Research: History of Syria/Palestine IIMandell, Alice H 
AS.010.646 (01)Art and Architecture at the Eastern Frontier: Medieval GeorgiaW 3:00PM - 5:00PMZchomelidse, NinoGilman 177
AS.131.613 (01)Archaeology of Africa: From Human Origins to the Emergence of CivilizationsTTh 12:00PM - 1:15PMHarrower, Michael JamesGilman 10
AS.131.801 (03)Readings and ResearchLewis, Theodore 
AS.131.635 (01)Seminar: Near East ArchaeologyW 10:00AM - 12:00PMSchwartz, Glenn MGilman 130G
AS.131.801 (01)Readings and ResearchStaff 
AS.131.801 (04)Readings and ResearchDelnero, Paul 
AS.133.649 (01)Advanced CopticF 12:00PM - 2:00PMJasnow, RichardMSE Library Eisenberg
AS.131.801 (05)Readings and ResearchLauinger, Jacob 
AS.133.601 (01)Introduction To Middle Egyptian (Hieroglyphs)MWF 10:00AM - 10:50AMZhang, LingxinMSE Library Eisenberg
AS.132.612 (01)Advanced AkkadianF 12:00PM - 2:00PMLauinger, JacobGilman 130G
AS.131.801 (06)Readings and ResearchBryan, Betsy Morrell 
AS.132.711 (01)Advanced SumerianT 10:00AM - 12:00PMDelnero, PaulGilman 130G
AS.131.801 (08)Readings and ResearchSchwartz, Glenn M 
AS.134.608 (01)Book Of EzekielT 3:00PM - 5:00PMLewis, TheodoreGilman 130G
AS.131.801 (10)Readings and ResearchFeldman, Marian 
AS.133.611 (01)Middle Egyptian TextsTh 9:00AM - 12:00PMBryan, Betsy Morrell, Jasnow, RichardGilman 130G
AS.133.631 (01)Old EgyptianTh 1:00PM - 3:00PMBryan, Betsy MorrellGilman 130G
AS.131.801 (07)Readings and ResearchJasnow, Richard 
AS.131.801 (09)Readings and ResearchHarrower, Michael James 
AS.131.849 (06)Dissertation ResearchLewis, Theodore 
AS.131.849 (04)Dissertation ResearchDelnero, Paul 
AS.131.849 (03)Dissertation ResearchMcCarter, P Kyle, Jr. 
AS.131.849 (02)Dissertation ResearchSchwartz, Glenn M 
AS.133.641 (01)Late Egyptian TextsM 2:00PM - 4:00PMJasnow, RichardGilman 130G
AS.132.801 (01)Mesopotamian SeminarDelnero, Paul, Feldman, Marian, Harrower, Michael James, Lauinger, Jacob, Schwartz, Glenn MGilman 130G
AS.134.700 (01)Northwest Semitic EpigraphyF 10:00AM - 12:00PMMandell, Alice HGilman 130G
AS.131.849 (08)Dissertation ResearchHarrower, Michael James 
AS.132.701 (01)Elementary Sumerian IITh 1:30PM - 4:00PMChapin, Michael AMSE Library Eisenberg
AS.132.609 (01)Seminar in Research Methods in Near Eastern Studies: Religion and ScienceW 2:00PM - 4:30PMDelnero, PaulGilman 130G
AS.131.849 (09)Dissertation ResearchMandell, Alice H 
AS.133.751 (01)Seminar in Egyptian Technology: Theban TombsTh 1:00PM - 3:00PMBryan, Betsy MorrellGilman 130G
AS.131.849 (05)Dissertation ResearchLauinger, Jacob 
AS.131.849 (01)Dissertation ResearchBryan, Betsy Morrell 
AS.134.650 (01)Seminar in Hebrew: Archaic Biblical PoetryTh 3:00PM - 5:00PMLewis, TheodoreGilman 130G
AS.131.849 (07)Dissertation ResearchJasnow, Richard