The University Of Georgia
Program name: Archaeology
Study Level: Undergraduate
Program leader: David Berikashvili
Study language: Georgian
Qualification: Bachelor of Archaeology
Program capacity: 240
Program permission: Enrollment of students at the first level of academic higher education (undergraduate programs) is carried out based on the results of the unified national exams or the order of the Minister of Education and Science of Georgia No. 224/N (December 29, 2011), passing administrative registration and the order of the university presidents.
Program goals:

The program aims at training archaeologists equipped with qualifications and professional competencies aligned with contemporary standards and market demands. The undergraduates will be poised to make substantive contributions and attain excellence in the sphere of researching, conserving, and presenting the nation's rich cultural heritage, all while adhering to contemporary research principles. In instances where students opt for a concentration in cultural heritage management, which includes the possibility of selecting an additional specialization, the program places a strong emphasis on both theoretical and practical instruction in areas such as art marketing and management, the intricacies of auctions and the global antique market, legislation pertaining to cultural heritage, project management within the cultural domain, the fundamental tenets of exhibition curation, among others. This comprehensive approach not only paves the way for careers in cultural heritage but also fosters the development of managerial acumen, rendering program graduates highly competitive within the labor market.

Consequently, a bachelor's degree holder possesses a spectrum of career prospects. They can secure positions in archaeological expeditions, within scientific research institutions (such as the Institute of History and Ethnology or the National Center of Manuscripts), museums, or governmental agencies such as the National Agency for the Protection of Cultural Heritage. Additionally, opportunities abound within non-governmental organizations operating in the relevant field. Furthermore, they may opt to pursue further academic endeavors by advancing to the master's level of education, whether it be in Archaeology or a cognate discipline such as art studies, cultural heritage management, arts management, or cultural studies. Moreover, the synergy created by amalgamating their chosen additional specialization or subject concentration with their primary specialization broadens the scope of their expertise and practical skills. This not only enhances their employability but also augments their prospects for career opportunities.

Methods for Attaining Learning Outcomes:
Learning outcomes:
Knowledge and understanding
  • The undergraduate


    • The history of the formation and development of archaeological science and the specific characteristics of material culture and main archaeological sites of separate archaeological periods (Stone and Bronze Age, Iron Age, Classical Period, Middle Ages);
    • The diachronic framework of the history of the world and Georgia, the main historical periods and events, and the changes in the geopolitical map of the world in different eras;
    • Geography and historical geography of Georgia and the Caucasus;
    • The development stages of world and Georgian art, including Georgian architecture and metal sculpture, the most important monuments and artistic samples;
    • The main trends of archaeological research processes and the basics of archaeological research methods (a. aerial photo deciphering; b. geophysical works; c. conducting archaeological reconnaissance; c. textual and graphic fixation of field works; d. laboratory analysis);
    • English language at B/2 level and one of the classical languages (Ancient Greek or Latin) at basic level;
    • The basics of using GIS technologies in archaeological research;
    • The fundamentals of technology/conservation of glass, ceramics, and metalwork, as well as numismatics, palaeography and epigraphy.

  • Skills
  • The undergraduate:


    • Participates in the field archaeological expeditions.

    Manages to:

    • Identify and classify archaeological material, graphic fixation of archaeological artifacts, produce field diaries and prepare archaeological reports (in written form) and taking into account the specifics of the specific situation and field (character of excavated material, type of artifact, etc.), participate in making adequate decisions;
    • constantly renew the acquired knowledge (basic theoretical and methodological knowledge in archeology) and integrate it with changing information through scientific familiarization/use of new scientific achievements;
    • purposefully apply geo-information technologies in the process of archaeological research.


    • The selection of the relevant research method for archaeological research (taking into account the period, the nature of the material) (a. aerial photo deciphering; b. geophysical works; c. conducting archaeological reconnaissance; c. textual and graphic fixation of field works; d. laboratory analysis), justifying the relevance and obtaining during the research Reconciliation of the results in order to prepare a logical conclusion about the archaeological artefact;
    • The argumentative interaction regarding the issues of archeology or cultural heritage in general both with specialists and/or representatives of related fields (archaeologist, anthropologist, art critic, project manager, historian, culturalist, etc.), as well as with non-specialists (interested groups, general public, media, etc.).

  • Responsibility and autonomy
  • The undergraduate: 

    • In practice, strictly follows the professional/ethical norms of the archaeologist;
    • Prepares a bachelor's thesis using the obtained theoretical knowledge and the relevant interpretation of the archaeological material
  • Date of approval: 11-15-2007
    Approval protocol number: 13
    Date of program update:
    Update protocol number: 19/19
    Program details:

    In addition to the compulsory subjects that shape competence, the program has two blocks of university-compulsory elective subjects - social/humanitarian and STEAM blocks, specialty elective subjects and free credits (a student who has a low score on the unified national exams in English and needs to improve his/her language can receive free credits or to use part of them for this purpose); In addition to the main specialization, the student can choose: a concentration of subjects in cultural heritage management or an additional specialization. It is possible to choose an additional specialty both in the main specialty and in another school (an additional specialty does not confer an academic degree to the student, however, in combination with the main specialty, it strengthens the student's general and sectoral competencies and/or provides an opportunity to acquire certain basic knowledge, which, together with the main specialty, will form the sectoral competencies necessary for employment or continuing studies at the next level of education); The concentration of subjects in cultural heritage management provides the student with the basic knowledge and skills necessary to manage the field of cultural heritage at the level of a middle manager.

    The program is meticulously designed to account for the individualization of students' language competencies. Specifically, students start learning the English language at a proficiency level relevant to the assessed knowledge evidenced by the unified national examinations and internal assessments.

    The maximum raw score determined on the unified national exam:

    • If 63% is obtained, the student is admitted at the B1/1 level of English;
    • in case of receiving 64% to 86% - at B1/2 level;
    • In case of receiving 87% to 100% - at B2/1 level.
    • In case of receiving more than 93%, the student is given a language proficiency test, and if the threshold score is achieved, the student will be able to register at the B2/2 level of English. If the student does not pass the threshold, he/she will be admitted to the B2/1 level.
    • In case of obtaining more than 93%, if the student does not appear for the test, he/she will be admitted to the B2/1 level.
    Teaching Process Characteristics:

    To obtain a bachelor's degree in archeology, a student must accumulate 240 credits, which means:

    a) In case of choosing a concentration of subjects in cultural heritage management:

    • Competence-forming compulsory subjects – 138 ECTS (including English language B 2/2 6 ECTS and compulsory optional classical language – 6 ECTS);
    • 24 ECTS of university compulsory-elective blocks (12 ECTS from the social/humanitarian block and 12 ECTS from the STEAM block);
    • 18 ECTS for specialty elective subjects;
    • free credit 18 ECTS;
    • Concentration of subjects in cultural heritage management - 42 ECTS.

    b) in case of choosing an additional specialty:

    • for compulsory subjects forming competence - 138 ECTS (including English language B 2/2 6 ECTS and compulsory optional classical language - 6 ECTS);
    • 24 ECTS of university compulsory-optional blocks (12 ECTS from the social/humanitarian block and 12 ECTS from the STEAM block);
    • free credit 18 ECTS;
    • 60 ECTS for additional specialty subjects.

    Humanitarian-Social Block

    Code Subject ECTS Semester
    ANTH3130Basics of Cultural Anthropology6 1,2
    HIST1222History of Russian occupation in Georgia6 1,2
    LAWB1155Debate and Critical Thinking6 1,2
    POLI2260Basics of Political Ideologies6 1,2
    BUSN4433Economy, business, management6 1,2
    LAWB1177Thinking and Morality6 1,2
    LAWB1195Citizenship in the modern world6 1,2
    LITR1212The great Books6 1,2

    Credits sum:


    STEM Block

    Code Subject ECTS Semester
    STEM0002Ingenuity, entrepreneurship and technology6 1,4
    STEM0003Experiments that changed the world6 1,4
    STEM0004Game theory6 1,4
    STEM0007Mathematics and Civilizations6 1,4
    STEM0011Computational reasoning6 1,4
    STEM0012Biology and Health of the Human6 1,2
    STEM0013Basics of Cyber Hygiene6 1,2
    MATH1414Analytical and Quantitative Reasoning6 1,4
    STEM0005Modern technologies6 1,4
    STEM0010Logic6 1,4

    Credits sum:


    Program Core

    Code Subject ECTS Semester
    ARCH1120Introduction to Archaeology6 1
    ENGL3213English Language VI (B2/2)6 1
    HIST1119Introduction to World History I6 1
    ARTS2237Drawing6 2
    HIST1219Introduction to The World History II6 2
    PALE2237Basics of Georgian Numismatics, Paleography, Epigraphy and Diplomatics6 2
    ARCH4120Methods of Archaeology Research6 3
    ARTS1110History of World Art (General course)6 3
    HIST1230Introduction to the History of Georgia6 3
    HIST2220Geography and Historical Geography of Georgia and the Caucasus6 3
    ARCH3110Archaeology of the Stone and Bronze Ages6 4
    ARTS2140History of Georgian Art6 4
    GREK2217Old Greek language6 4
    LATN2217Latin Language6 4
    ARCH3220Archaeology of the Iron Age6 5
    ARTS2210Georgian Architectural Monuments6 5
    ARTS4117Georgian Metallic Sculpture6 5
    INFO1220Geoinformatics6 5
    ARCH3210Archaelogy of Classical Periods6 6
    ARTS4157Technology and conservation of glass, ceramic products and metal products6 6
    ARCH2237Internship in Archaeology6 7
    ARCH4110Archaeology of the middle age6 7
    ARCH4240Bachelor’s Thesis In Archaeology12 8

    Credits sum:


    Program Elective

    Code Subject ECTS
    ARTS1210Decorative Applied Arts - Style and Era6
    PHIL2130History of Philosophic Thought6
    ARCH4141Methods of natural and precise science in archaeology6
    ARTS1212Basics of art analysis of the artefacts6
    HIST2230Hellenism and Georgia6
    HIST4187Georgian Biographical and Hagiographic Works - as a Source for the History of Georgia6
    ARCH3212Landscape Archeology6
    ARCT1220Basics of Fine Arts I6
    ARTS3130Christian Art in the Middle Ages6
    BYZN1217Byzantine Civilization6
    HIST2130Epoch and Religion6
    HIST2157Basics of Ancient Culture6
    ARCT2110Basics of Fine Arts II6
    KART4227Georgian mythology and folklore6

    Credits sum:


    Cultural Heritage Management - Specialization Core

    ARTS3120Georgian Museum Collections65
    MGMT2110Basics of Management66
    CULT3237Legislative basis of cultural heritage66
    ARTS4167Basics of gallery field67
    CULT4117Project management of cultural fields67
    ARTS4215Arts Marketing and Management68
    ARTS4147International antiquity market, legislation, auction;68

    Credits sum:


    Matrix Of Privequisites

    Point GPA The university assessment   The general assessment in Georgia
    97-100 4,00 A+ A Excellent
    94-96 3,75 A
    91-93 3,50 A-
    87-90 3,25 B+   Very good
    84-86 3,00 B B
    81-83 2,75 B-  
    77-80 2,50 C+   C good
    74-76 2,25 C
    71-73 2,00 C-
    67-70 1,75 D+   D Satisfactory
    64-66 1,50 D
    61-63 1,25 D-
    51-60 1,00 E E Sufficient
    Not passed
    41-50   FX FX Insufficient
    <40   F F Failed

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