Distinguished Majors Program (DMP)
Students with superior academic performance are encouraged to apply to the Distinguished Majors Program (DMP) in which they write a thesis demonstrating independent study of high quality.
The deadline for the DMP application is April 30th of the student's 3rd year. In special circumstances, students may apply early in the Fall semester of the 4th year. The application can be found here.
The deadline for final submission of the DMP is April 15th of the 4th year.
Three copies are to be submitted (one to advisor, one to 2nd reader, one to DMP director). In consultation with the advisor, the copies can be delivered in either in print or electronic formats.
For topics and abstracts of previous DMP projects, please see the following page.
For Information and Applications, please contact:
Dylan K. Rogers
McIntire Department of Art
Director, DMP Program in Archaeology
304 Fayerweather Hall
2021-2022 Distinguished Major
Jordan C. Gaborik: “Public Personas: Identity & Public Architecture in the Roman Near East”
Advisor: Dylan K. Rogers/Second Reader: Tyler Jo Smith
This thesis explores the relationship between public architecture and identity within the Roman Near East during the Imperial period. Beginning with a discussion on Roman identity and the East, four cities from the region (Dura-Europos, Jerash, Jerusalem, and Petra) are then explored as case studies to understand the relationship between the built environment and expressions of identity. Available archaeological data related to each site’s history, city layout, public religious architecture, and water features were then collected. Through a comparative discussion of the evidence, several conclusions regarding the coexistence and continuity of multiple identities within the Roman Near East are considered.