Dr. Todd Koetje
Archaeology is the "cultural anthropology" of the human past. It uses scientific field work and laboratory techniques to investigate past human societies and the processes and effects of cultural evolution through the study of material remains. Archaeology also has its practical applications. For example: Archaeologists reconstructed ancient techniques used to grow fruit trees and other crops in the Negev Desert. Modern farmers successfully applied these ancient farming techniques to make the desert productive again for the first time in two-thousand years.
The Anthropology Department has a small, but growing program in archaeology. Our program is active in regional prehistoric and historic archaeology. Both undergraduate and graduate students' participation in fieldwork is encouraged, and necessary if one is to enter the field professionally. Unlike some professions, archaeology can be entered on some levels with a B.A. degree, although M.A. and Ph.D. work offer greater opportunities.
Eligibility to Declare
Students are eligible to declare an anthropology major once they have successfully completed, with a C- or better, the following core courses: Anth 201 and 301, PLUS one of the following: 210, 215 or 247.