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Academic Programs

Lipscomb University offers a Minor in Biblical Archaeology, Master's of Archaeology and Biblical Studies and a Ph.D. in Archaeology of the Ancient Near East. While the academic program is housed in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, students will be directly involved in research through the Lanier Center for Archaeology.

What is Biblical Archaeology?

Biblical archaeology is the study and application of standard archeological practices to confirm the historicity of the Bible and further uncover biblical, historical excavation sites. Coursework is heavily focused on the integration biblical studies alongside archaeological method and theory of the field.


Why Lipscomb University? 

Lipscomb offers students the opportunity to participate in ground-breaking research that shapes their theology and enhances their understanding of the bible. Our program offers access to on-campus artifacts and museum resources alongside hands-on learning experiences. With top-tier professors and international research opportunities, Archaeology students will live into their purpose and grow the industry. 


  • Minor
    Biblical Archaeology

    In this exciting program of biblical studies and archaeology, you will be introduced to the major finds of biblical archaeology as well as how archaeology is conducted with the latest methods and practices. You will also learn how to reveal the context of the Bible and how the people of the biblical world lived through an examination of their material culture and related ancient artifacts and texts.

  • Master of Arts
    M.A. Archaeology and Biblical Studies

    Prepare for a terminal degree that leads to a career in archaeology. Acquire skills and engage in professional experiences that will equip you to practice archaeology in the field or to teach in a humanities-based discipline.

  • Doctor of Philosophy
    Ph.D. in Archaeology of the Ancient Near East

    Earn a terminal degree that will give you the necessary experience and credentials to practice archaeology in the field or teach at the highest levels of academia.

  • Student Spotlights

    Lucas Grimsley in Cyprus

    Lucas Grimsley, Ph.D. Candidate, ABD

    Dissertation: "Identity and Urban Development- The Influence of Christianity on City Planning in Cyprus During the 4th-6th Centuries AD"

    James Gilbert

    James Gilbert, MA

    Research Interests: Persian and Central Asian archaeology in Late Antiquity; religio-cultural proliferation of Eastern Christainity along the Silk Roads.

    Rebecca Leavell-Kizzia

    Rebecca Leavell-Kizzia, Ph.D. Candidate

    Presentations: Bacone College (2018); ASOR Southwest Regional Meeting (2018); Bethany Presbyterian Church (2013); First Baptist Church (2013)