Fieldwork Requirement

The fieldwork should be substantial, i.e., more than a week or two. Six to eight weeks is a good span of time, but is not mandatory. Students should consult their faculty adviser regarding potential programs well ahead of their intended time of participation.

There are two options for fulfilling the fieldwork requirement:

All students must enroll in AS.130.505, Independent Study – Archaeology Fieldwork for 1 credit, S/U only, during the term in which the fieldwork is conducted, and will need verification of successful program completion. The director of undergraduate studies (DUS) must approve the program as part of the paperwork for registering for Independent Study – Archaeology Fieldwork (AS.130.505) needed to fulfill the requirement.

For an additional 2 credits and a letter grade, the student may enroll in AS.130.506, Independent Study – Archaeology Fieldwork during the fall or spring semester following the fieldwork. The student will give a short presentation about the fieldwork at a meeting of majors and advisers and will prepare a paper on some aspect of the fieldwork research. These options apply to both field schools and fieldwork experiences that are not part of field schools. Please note that apart from these credits (either 1 or 1+2), credits offered by field schools of other institutions will not be applicable to your archaeology major.

Procedure for Fulfilling the Archaeology Fieldwork Requirement

  1. Student selects program with assistance of JHU faculty, obtaining approval from the faculty adviser and DUS.
  2. The student needs to check in and register with the Office of Study Abroad before embarking on the project. Any waivers need to be filled out, signed, and submitted before beginning the fieldwork.
  3. Working with the DUS, the student completes the gold Independent Study form for the term in which the fieldwork will take place (forms available in Garland at the Registrar’s Office or at the Office of Academic Advising).

Form should be completed as follows:

SCH DEPT. NO. COURSE NO. SECT NO. DESCRIPTIVE COURSE TITLE
AS 130 505 01 Independent Study – Archaeology Fieldwork

1 credit: S/U only
Requirements: Verification of program completion.

  1. Upon completion of fieldwork, the student communicates with the DUS in order to submit the grade for Independent Study.

Additional Credits Option

If the student would like to receive additional credits for the fieldwork, a further Independent Study – Archaeology Fieldwork (AS.130.506) class may be enrolled in with a faculty sponsor for 2 credits and a letter grade during the fall or spring semester following the fieldwork.

The student will give an oral presentation and write a research paper related to the fieldwork. The oral presentation will be given on a date determined by the faculty sponsor (September or October for fall term, February or March for spring term). The research paper is due by November 1 (April 1 for spring term).

The research paper should be on a subject related to the fieldwork conducted and should be at least 10 double-spaced pages, plus bibliography and illustrations. Students should contact their faculty sponsor to discuss the paper.

For this option, the student works with either the DUS or another faculty sponsor to complete the gold Independent Study form for the fall or spring semester following fieldwork (forms available in Garland at the Registrar or at the Office of Academic Advising).

Form should be completed as follows:

SCH DEPT. NO. COURSE NO. SECT NO. DESCRIPTIVE COURSE TITLE
AS 130 506 01 Independent Study – Archaeology Fieldwork

2 credits: Letter Grade
Requirements: Requires oral presentation and research paper.