All majors are required to take ARC-190, Introduction to Archaeology, and ARC-200, World Archaeology. The Archaeology major is designed to ensure that the student receives breadth as well as focus.
The major also requires 21 credits of advanced coursework. Of these 21 credits, at least 6 credits must be taken in humanistic archaeology (usually Art History or Classics) and at least 6 credits in social scientific archaeology (usually Anthropology or Earth and Planetary Sciences). For each focus (humanistic/classical archaeology and social scientific/anthropological archaeology), the faculty have specific mechanisms in place for training the students in areas such as quantitative or stylistic analyses, ethics, problem development and solving, modeling, training in laboratory skills, applied applications, critical thinking, and professional writing. Your Archaeology advisor can assist you with these issues.
Each student in the major is required to complete a practical supervised field experience, usually a summer project of at least six weeks duration, in the methodology of excavation and data retrieval. Several of the majors have also combined this field training with semester or year abroad opportunities. See additional information under Fieldwork Opportunities.
Senior Project Experience
The College of Arts and Sciences believes every student should have a sense of attaining a goal and completing a significant step before graduating. The Interdisciplinary Program in Archaeology provides two Senior Project options for such capstone experiences, each tailored to the objectives and needs of the student. Completing one of them is strongly recommended but not required.
The Senior Project is designed to assist students in learning to select an appropriate research question; the various processes of data reduction and modeling; hypothesis evaluation; and the style, conceptualization, and execution of a complex written argument appropriate for either the humanistic or social scientific focus in archaeology.
Some majors may opt to participate in the Senior Honors program, and complete a Senior Honors thesis.
For primary majors not involved in the Honors program, the Senior Project may involve an advanced seminar, an independent research project supervised by a faculty member, an internship with an archaeological based professional, or a report from supervised fieldwork. Students who have two majors and have opted to complete a senior project in the other major may request to be excused from duplicating this experience in Archaeology.
It has become increasingly important for Archaeology students continuing either in academic trajectories or in applied fields to be able to write well. Both academic progress and economic success are increasingly predicated on the ability to write clearly and lucidly by fixed deadlines.
The writing-intensive requirement in the Interdisciplinary Program in Archaeology is designed to help students learn the proper argumentation styles within the discipline. Grant proposals and articles submitted for publication typically go through multiple revisions. It is envisioned that this requirement in Archaeology will provide the student with this same kind of experience to train them for post-graduate work experiences.
Archaeology currently has two course that satisfy the writing requirement: L52 ARC 4661 Historical Archaeology, and L52 ARC 4752 Practicing Archaeology. Others will also be added - please check with the current semester listings. Archaeology students who have not already completed this college mandate in another fashion also may satisfy this requirement through enrolling in L52 ARC 498, Intensive Writing: Archaeology. Students employing this latter option will develop a separate 'contract' with an instructor in an advanced (300 or 400 level) course in Archaeology wherein the student will use the content covered by the course, with the supervision of the instructor of that course, to create a portfolio of papers which will undergo a sequence of revisions.
Quantitative Analysis Requirement
Students in the Interdisciplinary Program in Archaeology will fulfill their college requirement for quantitative analysis through a college-approved course in Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Social Sciences, or Textual and Historical Studies.
Courses Exploring Cultural and Social Diversity
The archaeological discipline covers a number of courses which are anchored in the literature, culture, or history of Asian, African, Latin American, Pacific Rim, or European societies, which explicitly examine the issues of social or cultural diversity within that context. The following courses are among those which will satisfy the cultural diversity requirement. New courses are added each semester - check the current listings.
L52-ARC 200. World Archaeology
L52-ARC 232. Myths and Monuments of Antiquity
L52-ARC 310. Incas, Aztecs and Mayas: Ancient Civilizations of the New World
L52-ARC 3122 From Country to Heavy Metal: Ancient Civilizations of the Old World
L52-ARC 314. First Americans: Prehistory of North America
L52-ARC 3182. Ancient Africa: Social Mosaics and Environmental Challenges
L52-ARC 3211. Art in the Egypt of the Pharaohs
L52-ARC 323. The Arts and Culture of Rome
L52-ARC 3301. Homeric Archaeology
L52-ARC 3305. Bones to Behavior
L52-ARC 3307. Stones, Bones, Clay and Fibers: Experimental Archaeology
L52-ARC 3351. Ancient Maya: Archaeology and History.
L52-ARC 336. Ancient Sanctuaries: The Archaeology of Sacred Space in the Ancient Mediterranean
L52-ARC 3401. Chinese Art and Culture
L52-ARC 3450. Origins of Chinese Civilization
L52-ARC 3461. Native Americans at Westward Expansion
L52-ARC 347. Ancient Mound Builders of the Mississippi Valley
L52-ARC 3475. Archaeological Fanatasies and Hoaxes
L52-ARC 372. Geoarchaeology
L52-ARC 379. Meltdown: archaeology and climate change
L52-ARC 4020. Jerusalem, the Holy City
L52-ARC 403. Culture and History of the Southwestern United States
L52-ARC 4240. Plundered Past: Archaeology's challenges in the modern world.
L52-ARC 421. Minoan and Mycenaean Archaeology
L52-ARC 4221. People and Plants: Paleoethnobotany and Ethnobotnay
L52-ARC 426. Ancient Athens
L52-ARC 4331. Archaic States: Mesopotamia and Egypt
L52-ARC 4661. Historical Archaeology
L52-ARC 4682. Ethnoarchaeology
L52-ARC 4771. Out of the Wild: domestication and socio-economic diversity in Africa
L52-ARC 481. Zooarchaeology.