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The Minor in Archaeology

Archaeology is a method for learning about the human past through the study of artifacts and other material remains. The interdepartmental Archaeology Program is offered as a minor to supplement work in a major field such as Art, Classical Languages and Literatures, Geology, Anthropology, or History. The introductory course for the program is ANT 135 Introduction to Archaeology. Its subject matter draws upon the study of past cultures and societies through their material remains and how archaeologists use different field methods, analytical techniques, and theoretical approaches to investigate, reconstruct, and learn from the past. The course is taught from an anthropological perspective and the relevance of archaeological practice in modern political, economic, and social contexts is explored.


1. ANT 135 (or, prior to 2009-2010, ARC 211)

2. Five additional courses (if the archaeological project, see below, carries academic credit, only four additional courses are required.) These are to be chosen in consultation with the student’s adviser for the minor. We encourage students to choose courses from at least two different departments, and to study both Old World and new World materials. A list of approved courses is available on the Courses page.

3. A project in which the student works outside of a conventional classroom but under appropriate supervision on an archaeological question approved in advance by her adviser. The project may be done in a variety of ways and places; for example, it may be excavation (field work), or work in another aspect of archaeology in a museum or laboratory, or in an area closely related to archaeology such as geology or computer science. Students are encouraged to propose projects related to their special interests. This project may be, but does not need to be, one for which the student receives academic credit. If the project is an extensive one for which academic credit is approved by the Registrar and the Advisory Committee, it may count as one of the six courses required for this minor.

4. No more than two courses counting toward the student's major program may be counted toward the archaeology minor. Only four credits of a language course may be counted toward the minor.

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