This course introduces you to the field of Egyptology by providing foundational knowledge for the study of ancient Egypt and allowing students to dive into ancient sources and scholarly debates about them. We will cover the broad topics of Egyptian history, religion, art, literature, hieroglyphs, and daily life. By heavily emphasizing the use of ancient primary sources (tomb paintings, translations of texts, museum objects) as the basis of our learning, you will learn to critically analyze primary sources, a transferrable skill that can be used in any future college course. The course will also discuss scholarly theories about certain events in Egyptian history, providing the opportunity to read, evaluate, and debate articles by eminent Egyptologists. The course will therefore appeal to anyone with an interest in ancient history, art history, or archaeology. Egyptology has it all!
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
• Understand the general chronology of Egyptian history
• Discuss the different types of literature produced in ancient Egypt
• Explain how hieroglyphs were translated and how this transformed the field of Egyptology
• Understand Egyptian religious ideas, including the significance of the architecture of Egyptian temples
• Compare and contrast different types of royal tombs
• Discuss how ancient Egyptian society functioned, including the role of women
• Critique secondary sources
• Critically analyze and evaluate primary sources
The research and learning methods of this class will provide students with the foundations needed to succeed in any Humanities course while covering the fascinating subject of ancient Egypt.
Online sections of Pre-College courses are offered in one of the following modalities: Asynchronous, Mostly asynchronous, or Blended. Please review full information regarding the experience here.