Johns Hopkins University

Fall 2008
Vol. 6, No.1


Celebrating MacArthur Honors

New Hopkins President Elected

An "Exceptional" Season for Faculty Hiring

Student Voices

AAP Goes Global

>Enriching Academics

Villa Spelman 2.0

Homewood Happenings

Faculty Awards


A Momentous Move-Out, Temporary Digs

By the Numbers

Homewood Art Workshops

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Enriching Academics

This fall, the School of Arts and Sciences officially launched two new programs for undergraduates: a major in archaeology and a minor in financial economics.

Hopkins has a long and illustrious history in archaeology, but until recently there weren't enough associated faculty to make a major in archaeology viable, says Glenn Schwartz, the school's Whiting Professor of Archaeology. But now, with more of a critical mass of faculty and "the renovation of Gilman Hall [that] will feature as its centerpiece the splendid new facility for the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Collection," Schwartz says, "the time was right to go ahead with it."

Schwartz and the Department of Classics' Alan Shapiro, the W.H. Collins Vickers Professor of Archaeology, are co-directors of the new interdisciplinary program, which already has a list of more than 40 courses in anthropology, biology, classics, geography and environmental engineering (in the Whiting School of Engineering), history, history of art, and Near Eastern studies. Schwartz is teaching one of the major's three core requirements, Introduction to Archaeology, and a new postdoctoral fellow in archaeology, Steven Batiuk from the University of Toronto, is teaching World Prehistory and Advanced Archaeological Method and Theory. Students pursuing the major will also be required to take the Logic of Anthropological Inquiry and participate in significant archaeological field experience.

The well-timed arrival of the school's financial economics minor is a result of the new Center for Financial Economics, housed within the Economics Department and led by Professor Jon Faust. Its intent is to provide students with training in the conceptual framework, guiding concepts, and technical tools of modern finance, as well as to provide insights to help understand the workings of the economy. Students pursuing the minor must take two electives and these four required courses: Elements of Macroeconomics, Elements of Microeconomics, Investments and Portfolio Management, and Corporate Finance.