Archaeology Major

Description: A program that focuses on the cultures, environment, and history of the ancient Near East, Europe, and the Mediterranean basin from the perspective of the humanities and social sciences, including archaeology. Is Archaeology the right major for you?
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Archaeology Major

What Kinds of Students Major in Archaeology?

Many students think of Indiana Jones when they think of archaeology. While most archaeologists are not involved in such exciting adventures, they do participate in an investigative process that they find to be intriguing. Students successfully majoring in archaeology tend to be outdoors oriented. They seek a major that integrates courses from a variety of discipline such as the classics, ancient history, anthropology, philosophy, and religious studies. Interest in geology and geography is also valuable.

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What Courses Do Archaeology Majors Take?

The required and elective courses you would take for Archaeology majors vary considerably among institutions. Courses are listed here that are illustrative of the breadth of topics you are likely to experience were you to major in this field.

  • Archaeology of Tribes and Empires
  • Anthropology and Archaeology
  • Archaeological Artifact Analysis
  • Archaeological Field Methods
  • Archaeological Laboratory Methods
  • Bronze Age Civilizations
  • European Pre-History
  • Maritime Archaeology
  • North American Prehistory
  • Peoples of the World
  • Prehistoric Communities
  • The Vikings