Archaeology Concentration

(45 credit hours)

Offers students a program to explore the human past through its material remains to understand cultural and societal change through time, and the role of heritage in the present. We offer many opportunities for students to conduct research with faculty in our archaeology labs and in our extensive research collections.

A Major Plan of Study Form must be completed and submitted to the LAS Student Affairs Office before the end of the fifth semester (60- 75 hours). Please see your adviser.

All students must discuss their selection of coursework with a departmental adviser.

When a course is listed under two or more categories, the student may decide which of the requirements the course should fulfill; however, it may not be used to fulfill more than one of those requirements.

Anthropology Core Courses (9 credit hours)

Choose 3 of the following core courses. Students may make one substitution for 1 of the 3 required courses, choosing from the option listed.

ANTH 220- Introduction to Archaeology (OR ANTH 105 World Archaeology)
ANTH 230- Sociocultural Anthropology (OR ANTH 103 Anthro in a Changing World)
ANTH 240- Biological Anthropology (OR ANTH 102 Human Origins and Culture)
ANTH 270/271- Language in Culture (OR ANTH 104 Talking Culture)

Archaeology Courses (18 credit hours distributed as follows):

One course (3 credit hrs) in Cultural Archaeology History chosen from the following:

ANTH 358 People of the Ice Age 
ANTH 376 Aztec Civilization 
ANTH 419 Civilization in Ancient Peru
ANTH 448 The Prehistory of Africa
ANTH 449 North American Archaeology 
ANTH 459 The Ancient Maya

Two courses (6 credit hrs) in Methods/Materials analysis chosen from the following: ANTH 358 People of the Ice Age 
ANTH 420 Case Studies in Global Heritage 
ANTH 451 Archaeological Surveying
ANTH 452 Stone Tool Technology Analysis 
ANTH 453 Landscape Archaeology 
ANTH 460 Heritage management 
ANTH 462 Museum Theory and Practice 
ANTH 477 Pottery Analysis

Three Archaeology courses (9 credit hrs) chosen from the following: 
ANTH 358 People of the Ice Age 
ANTH 376 Aztec Civilization
IB 363 (ANTH 378) Plants and Their Uses
ANTH 419 Civilization in Ancient Peru
ANTH 420 Case Studies in Global Heritage 
ANTH 448 The Prehistory of Africa 
ANTH 449 North American Archaeology 
ANTH 451 Archaeological Surveying 
ANTH 452 Stone Tool Technology Analysis 
ANTH 453 Landscape Archaeology 
ANTH 459 The Ancient Maya 
ANTH 460 Heritage management 
ANTH 461 History of Archaeological Theory 
ANTH 462 Museum Theory and Practice 
ANTH 477 Pottery Analysis

Additional Archaeology Anthropology coursework (9 credit hrs)

One course  (3 credit hrs)  in Biological Anthropology
Two courses (6 credit hrs) related to the student's area of emphasis and approved by the departmental advisor

Research and Service Learning Coursework (6 credit hrs)

ANTH 454- Archaeological Field School
ANTH 455- Lab Analysis in Archaeology

Senior Capstone Project (3 credit hrs)

Choose one option below in consultation with the departmental advisor:

Honors Thesis- (6 credit hours) 
Two consecutive semesters of research resulting in a written thesis
ANTH 494- Honors Individual Study 
ANTH 495- Honors Senior Thesis

Departmental distinction: To be eligible for distinction, a student must complete 33 hours of anthropology courses (including at least 6 hours of both ANTH 391 and ANTH 495), maintain a 3.6 average in those hours and a 3.5 overall average. All candidates for distinction must submit a thesis for judgment by at least two members of the anthropology department.

Senior Capstone Seminar (Independent Research)- 3 credit hours 
ANTH 498 –Senior Seminar

Research and/or Field School- 3-6 hours 
Further data analysis and a research report associated with ANTH 455, or an additional approved ANTH 454-Archaeology Field School and ANTH 455- Lab Analysis in Archaeology.