The Department of Archaeology and History of Art offers a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of archaeology, the history of art and visual culture, cultural heritage management, and museum studies by employing the most recent theoretical and methodological approaches and a hands-on approach to learning. Our faculty consists of specialists in the archaeology and history of art of the civilizations that have flourished in the area of modern Türkiye. Students will learn about prehistoric Anatolian archaeology, the Greek and Roman eras, Late Antique and Byzantine studies, and the Ottoman period, and can decide to focus more specifically on one of these time periods. Cultural heritage management practices and museum operations are inseparable from the study of archaeology and the history of art, and students will also be instructed in these areas during their four-year undergraduate program. Students in our department have the opportunity to take courses in ancient languages of the Mediterranean and Anatolian worlds such as Greek, Latin, and Ottoman Turkish. Our lectures are enriched through field trips to archaeological sites and museum excursions, and participation in conferences and workshops organized by visiting lecturers and specialists from Türkiye and abroad. We provide hands-on training in methods of analysis and conservation in our archaeological laboratory. Our students are also encouraged to participate in one of our archaeological excavation projects during the summer or to complete internships with museums or cultural heritage organizations.
Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology and History of Art
Candidates can apply via ÖSYM, as an international student, as a transfer student or as a tuition-paying exchange student. Admission requirements for all types of prospective students can be found at the Registrar’s Directorate webpage:
The requirements for incoming exchange students can be found at http://oip.ku.edu.tr.
Qualification Requirements and Regulations
Students who took the equivalents of certain courses offered in Koç University in other institutions can apply to the respective College or Graduate School at Koç University to transfer those courses.
Opportunities for candidates with IB, French Baccaleurate, Matura and Abitur diplomas on webpage (only in Turkish for the moment):
Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading
Koç University exam regulations are given on webpage: https://registrar.ku.edu.tr/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2017/03/ExaminationProcedures.pdf
Students need to have a GPA at or above 2.00/4.00 and need to have completed all courses on their curriculum with a passing letter grade in order to graduate.
Occupational Profiles and Access to Further Studies
Graduates may choose to continue their master or PhD level studies but also get job offers from education, museums, foundations as well as cultural heritage programs.
Career Development Center, supports all Koç University students and graduates in career Development and Planning, in preparing graduate education plans, and in professional life decisions. For more information about the Career Development Center, please visit https://career.ku.edu.tr/en/
Archaeology and History of Art Curriculum
PO1: In ARHA classes students gain an understanding of theories, methods, and practices in different subjects through readings, discussions in class, research papers, presentations, museum and field trips, and team projects.
PO2: Students demonstrate how to interrogate different theories, compare and analyze different types of data sets, analyze case studies, and assess the strengths and weaknesses of different explanations.
PO3: In independent study projects and summer internships undergraduate students learn practical aspects of the fields taught in ARHA by participating in an archaeological field project and/or interning with a museum or another local institution responsible for heritage activities.
PO4: Students take courses in different modern languages offered at the university, such as German, French, and Italian, which are helpful languages for the study of archaeology and the history or art. They can also take ancient languages, such as Ancient Greek and Latin, Hittite, Luwian and/or Ottoman to develop archival and epigraphic skills needed for archaeological and art historical research. To acquire practical skills in developing technologies, courses such as GIS, technical drawing, and other lab skills are offered at the undergraduate level. Basic preventative conservation skills are offered in heritage and museum studies courses.
PO5: Students learn from faculty about ethical standards in the field while engaging in the processes of research and writing original work. Students are made aware in each undergraduate course syllabus, essentially a contract with the student, what constitutes ethical behavior and appropriate attitudes in and out of class as a member of KU. Students engaging in any research involving humans, including oral history work, learn how this is vetted by the KU Institutional Review Board (IRB).
PO6: Students learn about their diverse community by conducting research in local communities; in class they learn about the role of national and international organizations for the promotion of scientific research such as TÜBİTAK, UNESCO, etc. They learn through summer internships in Türkiye and abroad about ways in which they can use their expertise and training to improve their worlds.
PO7: Students gain practical and hands-on knowledge in fieldwork, museum research, and excavation skills in off-campus programs including but not limited to archaeological surveys and excavation projects, museum internships, and exhibitions.
PO8: Students gain practical and work-study experience preparing archaeological samples and conducting different types of laboratory analyses.