Major Requirements

Students should refer to the current Academic Catalog for a current list of major requirements. Students who entered Johns Hopkins University before academic year 2020-2021 should refer to the catalog of that academic year.

The major in archaeology requires a total of 13 courses (39 credits), which include four core courses as well as selections from a diversity of offerings available from different departments. In addition, students must engage in significant fieldwork.

Required Courses

  • World Prehistory (130.177)
  • Advanced Archaeological Method and Theory (130.354/131.654)
  • Introduction to Archaeology (136.101)
  • A course offered by the Department of Anthropology
  • 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 adviser, 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 enroll in courses related to gender studies outside of archaeology).

The major also requires significant archaeological field experience, to be determined in consultation with the student’s faculty adviser.

Honors Program

Archaeology majors have the option of writing an honors thesis under the supervision of a faculty member. The thesis is based on an original research problem developed in conjunction with that faculty member. Successful completion of the thesis (B+ or higher) will result in the conferring of a BA with honors.

Students entering Fall 2014 and later must pass 6 credits (2 semesters: 130.510 and 130.511) of honors thesis to earn honors in the archaeology major. These credits are in addition to and exceed the number of credits needed for the major.

Students who are interested in pursuing an honors thesis should begin to discuss possibilities with a faculty adviser as early as possible, and no later than during the second semester of the junior year. The faculty adviser must approve a proposal for the thesis before the student registers for the courses, and no later than the end of the second semester of the junior year.

The student will work closely with the faculty adviser, setting a timeline for completing research and submitting drafts of the thesis. A full draft of the thesis is due by the end of March of the senior year, if the student wants to be listed as receiving honors on the commencement program. The final version of the thesis must be handed in by the last day of classes.