Archaeology Concentration

Archaeology Advisors:

Dr. Sarah Campbell, 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.

To Declare

Students are eligible to declare an anthropology major once they successfully complete the following core courses: Anth 201 and 301, plus one of the following: Anth 210 or 215 or 247.

Mid-Program Checkpoint

Students seeking to complete a BA degree in anthropology with an archaeology concentration within a four-year time span should have completed the following courses by the start of their junior year. Major omissions from this list will make it difficult or impossible to complete this degree within two additional years.

  • ANTH 201, 210, 215 and prerequisites for supporting courses in sciences.




This concentration is intended for students who plan to do professional work or enroll in a graduate program in archaeology.

Anthropology requirements as follows:
ANTH 201 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (5cr)
ANTH 210 - Introduction to Archaeology (5cr)
ANTH 215 - Introduction to Biological Anthropology (5cr) 
ANTH 247 - Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology (5cr) - (LING 201 (5cr) or 204 (4cr), ENG 370 (5cr) may be substituted)
ANTH 301 - Anthropological Theory (5cr) 
ANTH 312 - Field Course in Archaeology (12cr) or equivalent field experience recommended (optional)
ANTH 335 - Quantitative Methods in Anthropology (5cr) or another basic statistics course under advisement)
ANTH 496 - Portfolio Assembly (1cr)

One course from from the following:
ANTH 330 - Religion and Culture (5cr) 
ANTH 338 - Economic Anthropology (5cr)
ANTH 350 - The Ecology of Human Variation (5cr)
ANTH 351 - Family and Kinship Organization (5cr)
ANTH 353 - Sex and Gender in Culture (5cr)
ANTH 424 - Medical Anthropology (5cr)
ANTH 440 - Cyborg Anthropology (5cr)
ANTH 453 - Women of the Global South (5cr)
ANTH 475 - Global Migration (5cr)
ANTH 481 - Childhood and Culture (5cr)
ANTH 484 - Intercultural Education (5cr)

One course from the following:
ANTH 361 - Native Peoples of North America (5cr)
ANTH 362 - People of Asia (5cr)
ANTH 365 - Peoples of Latin America (5cr)
ANTH 462 - Native Peoples of the Northwest (5cr)
ANTH 463 - Peoples of East and Southeast Asia (5cr)
ANTH 465 - Peoples of Mexico and Central America (5cr)
ANTH 476 - Borderlands (5cr)

Two courses from the following:
ANTH 308 - Hunter-Gatherer Societies in the World Prehistory (4cr)
ANTH 310 - The Rise of Civilizations (4cr)
ANTH 314 - Archaeology of North America (5cr)

Two courses from the following:
ANTH 406 - Archaeological Method and Theory (5cr)
ANTH 410 - Archaeological Analysis and Interpretation (5cr)
ANTH 411 - Archaeology of Northwestern North America (5cr)
ANTH 428 - Cultural Resource Management (4 cr)

Two courses from:
ANTH 420 - Human Osteology and Forensic Anthropology (5cr)
ANTH 422 - Nutritional Anthropology (5cr)
ANTH 470 - Museology Studies (3-5cr)

12 credits of supporting courses in sciences, history or mathematics selected under advisement. Strongly recommended courses include:

ENVS 220 - Map Reading and Analysis (3cr)
ENVS 321 - Computer Cartography (3cr) 
ENVS 422 - Advanced GIS (4cr)
ENVS 427 - Soil Landscapes (4cr)

GEOL 310 - Geomorphology (5cr)
GEOL 316 - Research in Marine Paleontology (4cr)
GEOL 413 - Fluvial Geomorphology (4cr)
GEOL 415 - Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (4cr)

PLEASE NOTE: ANTH 303 and ANTH 490 are optional.

Only one 100-level course will count toward major, minor or archaeology concentration.