All majors are required to take ARC-190B, Introduction to Archaeology, and ARC-200C, World Archaeology: Global Perspectives on the Past. 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. These 21 advanced units should be distributed from the offerings in anthropological and classical archaeology. All majors must complete a supervised archaeological field school of six weeks or the equivalent, approved by the departmental director.
The hands-on experience of archaeological fieldwork is particularly attractive to many students. Undergraduate majors in archaeology will complete at least one supervised field project, which is selected to best meet the student's long-term goals. Most field research projects are small, which allows students to work closely with faculty and staff. Recently, students have worked at excavations in such diverse areas as Ireland, France, Kazakhstan, Greece, Israel, China, Japan, Guatemala, Bolivia, the U.S. Southwest, and Cahokia, Illinois. Students focusing on North American archaeology often take an internship at one of the local private firms to gain experience in contract archaeology. Undergraduate participation in research is encouraged particularly for students working on Senior Honors theses.
Archaeology majors are encouraged to work for Senior Honors, for which students may apply in the junior or senior year. Acceptance into the program is based on previous academic performance, a proposal accepted by an archaeology faculty member who agrees to supervise the honors research, and approval of the Archaeology program director. The Honors thesis will be evaluated by a three-member faculty committee.
For information on archaeology courses, please visit the current Bulletin.