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Faculty Affirm Degree in Archeology and Materials

By Kelley Rivoire

STAFF REPORTER

The faculty voted on Wednesday to make permanent the experimental Course III-C S.B. degree in Archaeology and Materials .

The Committee on the Undergraduate Program experimentally initiated the Course III-C degree program five years ago. The success of the program, which has graduated five students, led to establishment of the new degree, said Professor of Archaeology Heather N. Lechtman.

Professor J. Mark Schuster PhD ’79, head of the CUP, said that although enrollment numbers are low, the program demonstrates a “core of excellence” that led to its unanimous approval by CUP. He added that students in the program benefit from UROPs and close contact with faculty.

The new degree program is the “first undergrad major at MIT which purposefully meshes engineering and social sciences,” said Lechtman.

Schuster said this combination would prepare students for graduate work in both archaeology and materials science.

Schuster also said that the CUP is currently very interested in more collaborative, interdisciplinary programs like the new III-C program.