Undergraduate Major in Archaeology
Requirements for the BA
The major requires a total of 13 courses (39 credits), which include three core courses and selections from a diversity of offerings available from different departments. In addition, students must engage in significant fieldwork.
- Core courses: Introduction to Archaeology (130.110), World Prehistory (130.177), and Advanced Archaeological Method and Theory (130.354/131.654).
- Invitation to Anthropology (070.132).
- Six additional courses in archaeology, both regionally specific and/or methodologically/theoretically advanced.
- Three additional courses, to be decided in conjunction with the student’s advisor, pertinent to the archaeological issues on which the student has focused (for example, a student interested in Greek archaeology could enroll in Greek history or languages courses; a student interested in gender and archaeology could enrool in courses related to gender studies outside of archaeology).
- Significant archaeological field experience to be determined in consultation with the student’s faculty advisor.
Senior archaeology majors have the option of writing an honors thesis under the supervision of a faculty member. Successful completion of the thesis will earn a student three credits and result in the conferring of a BA with honors.
Program Learning Goals for the Archaeology Major
1. Acquire the basic skills for understanding theory, interpretation, and methods in archaeology.
2. Develop an ability to analyze archaeological data through the reading and interpretation of archaeological publications and study of primary data.
3. Conduct analyses and interpretations of material culture in precise, well-organized, and persuasive language, both orally and in writing.
4. Acquire interdisciplinary knowledge of different past human cultures.
5. Gain significant knowledge of the material culture of at least one region or thematic issue.
6. Acquire on-site experience and expertise in archaeological method through fieldwork