Archaeology Concentration

Advisors: Dr. Sarah Campbell, Dr. Todd Koetje

Archaeology is the "cultural anthropology" of the human past. It uses scientific field work and laboratory techniques to investigate past human societies and the processes and effects of cultural evolution through the study of material remains. Archaeology also has its practical applications. For example: Archaeologists reconstructed ancient techniques used to grow fruit trees and other crops in the Negev Desert. Modern farmers successfully applied these ancient farming techniques to make the desert productive again for the first time in two-thousand years.

The Anthropology Department has a small, but growing program in archaeology. Our program is active in regional prehistoric and historic archaeology. Both undergraduate and graduate students' participation in fieldwork is encouraged, and necessary if one is to enter the field professionally. Unlike some professions, archaeology can be entered on some levels with a B.A. degree, although M.A. and Ph.D. work offer greater opportunities.

To Declare

Students are only eligible to declare an anthropology major if they have successfully completed any one of the following core courses: Anth 301, 303, 335.

Mid-Program Checkpoint

Students seeking to complete a BA degree in anthropology with an archaeology concentration within a four-year time span should have completed the following courses by the start of their junior year. Major omissions from this list will make it difficult or impossible to complete this degree within two additional years.

  • ANTH 201, 210, 215 and prerequisites for supporting courses in sciences.


Archaeology Concentration   (80 credits) 

This concentration is intended for students who plan to do professional work or enroll in a graduate program in archaeology. 

Anthropology requirements as follows:

201   Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
301   Anthropological Theory
312   Field Course in Archaeology (or equivalent field experience recommended)
335   Quantitative Methods in Anthropology or another basic statistics course under advisement
496   Portfolio Assembly

One course from:
330   Religion and Culture
338   Economic Anthropology
350   The Ecology of Human Variation
351   Family and Kinship Organization
352   Cross Cultural Study of Aging
353   Sex and Gender in Culture
424   Medical Anthropology
429   Politics, Participation and the Critique of Power
440   Cyborg Anthropology
453   Women of the Global South
475   Global Migration
481   Childhood and Culture
484   Cross-Cultural Education

One course from:
361   Native Peoples of North America
362   People of Asia
365   Peoples of Latin America
460   Culture and Society of Japan
462   Native Peoples of the Northwest
463   Peoples of East and Southeast Asia
465   Peoples of Mexico and Central America
476   Borderlands

Two courses from:
308  Hunter-Gatherer Societies in the World Prehistory
310  The Rise of Civilizations
314  Archaeology of North America

Two courses from:
406   Archaeological Method and Theory
410   Archaeological Analysis and Interpretation
411   Archaeology of Northwestern North America
428   Cultural Resource Management

Two courses from:
420 Human Osteology and Forensic Anthropology
422 Nutritional Anthropology
470 Museology Studies

12 credits of supporting courses in sciences, history or mathematics selected under advisement. Strongly recommended courses include:
310   Geomorphology
316   Research in Marine Paleontology
413   Fluvial Geomorphology
415   Stratigraphy and Sedimentation

325   Geography of Landforms
220   Map Reading and Analysis
321   Computer Cartography
427   Soil Landscapes
422   Advanced GIS

Other electives under advisement
PLEASE NOTE: Anth 303 and 490 are optional.

At least one course from each of the major subfields: biological anthropology, archaeology (recommended Anthropology 215 and 210 respectively), and linguistics (LING 201 or 204, ENG 370 may be substituted for an anthropological linguistics course).

Only one 100-level course will count toward major, minor or archaeology concentration.

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