Major Information

Archeology Major information

The major in archaeology consists of 14 courses: eight in archaeological perspectives and methods (including three of Independent Study), plus six in one of the following areas of emphasis: anthropology, art, classical studies, history or geology.

The archaeological perspectives and methods courses are:

  • ARCH 103 Introduction to Archaeology
  • ARCH 219 Topics in Archaeology
  • ANTH 110 Introduction to Anthropology
  • GEOL 105 Geology of Natural Hazards or GEOL 199 Geology of National Parks
  • ARCH 350 Archaeological Methods and Theory
  • ARCH 401 Independent Study
  • ARCH 451-452 Independent Study

The six courses in a student’s chosen area of emphasis must meet one or more of these criteria:

  1. work with archaeological data or the physical context from which the data derive;
  2. involve the acquisition of skills and techniques that contribute to the interpretation and understanding of material culture; or
  3. contain material that relies heavily on archaeology to construct historical and cultural narratives of the periods studied.

A minimum of four courses in one category and two in a second is required. For a complete listing of the courses that can fulfill the area of emphasis requirement, see the catalogue.

Majors who intend to engage in excavation as a significant component of their careers are encouraged to participate in an archaeological field school prior to the senior year. The Archaeology faculty are affiliated with projects in Cyprus and Guatemala, and can suggest many others that students may wish to attend. With approval of the department chair, one or two course credits earned in the field school of another institution may be transferred and counted toward the major.

Minor Information

Archaeology Minor Information