Egyptology and Ancient Western Asian Studies


The concentration in Egyptology and Ancient Western Asian Studies offers students a choice of two tracks: Ancient Western Asian Studies or Egyptology. The department promotes collaborations with other academic units at Brown devoted to the study of antiquity including Archaeology, Classics, Judaic Studies, and Religious Studies. Egyptology and Ancient Western Ancient Studies also collaborates with Brown's Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World.

Student Goals

Students in this concentration will:

  • Gain reading proficiency in Middle Egyptian or Akkadian
  • Study the ancient cultures of Egypt and Western Asia
  • Become familiar with the tools of archaeology, epigraphy, and historical inquiry
  • Learn interdisciplinary, comparative, and theoretical approaches to the study of ancient cultures
  • Develop advanced skills in critical reading and thinking
  • Hone their writing abilities
  • Produce a piece of original scholarly research


Click here for a list of the Egyptology concentration requirements. For more information about this concentration, please visit the department's website.

Honors and Capstones

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All concentrators may take a capstone in the form of a senior seminar (EGYT 1910), which results in a senior thesis. To qualify for Honors, concentrators must have compiled a 3.5 GPA by the end of their junior year and have the support of the department’s undergraduate advisor and two faculty readers, as well as the approval of the department chair. In the first semester of the senior year, the student must prepare a thesis plan (with the approval of the advisor and both readers) and in the second semester the student must enroll in a Senior Seminar. Please see department's website for a complete description of admission procedures and program requirements.


  • Ancient Western Asian Studies
  • Egyptology

Liberal Learning

This concentration allows you to address the following Liberal Learning goals:

  • Enhance your aesthetic sensibility
  • Expand your reading skills
  • Understand differences among cultures
  • Embrace diversity
  • Engage with your community
  • Develop a facility with symbolic languages
  • Learn what it means to study the past
  • Work on your speaking and writing

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Graduating Class

Year Total Capstone Honors

Alumni Pathways

Graduates with a degree in Egyptology and AWAS have pursued graduate and law degrees.

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Dept. Undergraduate Group

Student Leaders:

  • Charlotte Tisch

If you are an advisor and would like to make changes to the information on this page, contact, or email Dean Besenia Rodriguez.