Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Archaeology

An interdepartmental major offered by the Anthropology Department in cooperation with the Fine Arts and Art History Department and the Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Department.  

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.

Prerequisite courses:
ANTH 1002Sociocultural Anthropology
ANTH 1003Archaeology
Required courses in other areas:
Completion of a two-year language proficiency through the intermediate level such as French, Spanish, Italian, German, Arabic, Hebrew, Latin, or Greek, or placement above the intermediate level.
Requirements for the major:
ANTH 3838Theory and Practice in Archaeology
18 credits of approved anthropological archaeology courses chosen from the ANTH 3800s. At least one course should be of field or laboratory work selected from:
ANTH 3832Paleoanthropological Field Program
ANTH 3833Field Research: New World
ANTH 3834Field Research: Old World
ANTH 3835Historical Archaeology Field Program
ANTH 3839Lab Research Methods in Archaeology
ANTH 3995Undergraduate Research
Qualified juniors and seniors are permitted to take ANTH 6906 with departmental approval.
15 credits selected from designated courses in ancient civilizations, with at least one course chosen from each academic discipline listed:
CLAS 2105Special Topics
CLAS 2106Mythology of the Classical World
CLAS 2107Greek and Roman Drama
CLAS 2112Early Aegean and Greek Civilizations to 338 B.C.
CLAS 2113The Roman World to 337 A.D.
CLAS 2803The Ancient Near East and Egypt to 322 B.C.
CLAS 2804History of Ancient Israel
CLAS 3115Topics in Ancient Art and Archaeology
HIST 2112Early Aegean and Greek Civilizations to 338 B.C.
HIST 2113The Roman World to 337 A.D.
HIST 2803The Ancient Near East and Egypt to 322 B.C.
HIST 2804History of Ancient Israel
HIST 3111Topics in Ancient History
ANTH 3805Archaeology of Israel and Neighboring Lands
ANTH 3806Art and Archaeology of the Aegean Bronze Age
ANTH 3812Power and Violence in the New World
ANTH 3813Archaeology of North America
ANTH 3814Ancient Mexican Civilizations
ANTH 3821Myths and Mysteries in Archaeology
A given course cannot count toward for more than one requirement for the major

  See the Anthropology Department for more detailed information.

The general education curriculum of Columbian College engages students in active intellectual inquiry across the liberal arts. Students achieve a set of learning outcomes that meaningfully enhance their analytical skills, that develop communication competencies, and that invite them to participate as responsible citizens, attentive to issues of culture, diversity, and privilege.

Course work for the general education curriculum includes 24 credits of approved analytic courses in quantitative and scientific reasoning and in critical and creative thinking. Students engage diverse viewpoints by incorporating 3 credits of courses into that program that include global or cross-cultural perspectives and 3 credits that include local/civic engagement. Students must also demonstrate written and oral communication skills through 13 credits of approved course work.

The general education curriculum is a “living curriculum” and therefore will change from year to year. Courses added to the curriculum are generally available to students immediately after being approved; some are phased in as deemed appropriate. As such, it is essential that students consult with their professional academic advisors. The basic distribution of the curriculum follows.

Analysis—3 credits in mathematics or statistics (quantitative reasoning); 6 credits in natural and/or physical laboratory sciences (scientific reasoning); 6 credits in social sciences (quantitative, scientific, critical, or creative thinking); 6 credits in humanities (critical or creative thinking); 3 credits in art: visual, performing, critical, or historical practices (critical or creative thinking).

Perspective—3 credits that include a global or cross-cultural perspective; 3 credits that include local/civic engagement

Communication—4 credits in UW 1020 University Writing; 2 Writing in the Disciplines (WID) courses; 3 credits in oral communication. Note: UW 1020 University Writing must be taken before enrolling in the WID courses, and the WID courses must be taken in separate semesters. One of the two WID courses may double count toward the Analysis and/or Perspective course work. The oral communication course may count toward the Analysis and/or Perspective requirements, or it may be met through major requirements.

Courses taken to fulfill any of the general education requirements may also be counted toward the major. With some exceptions made for transfer students, courses fulfilling these requirements must be completed in residence at the University. A full list of approved courses is maintained by the Office of Undergraduate Studies.

For Special Honors in anthropology, archaeology, or biological anthropology, a major must meet the special honors requirements stated under University Regulations, have a grade-point average of 3.5 or better in courses required for the major, register for 3 credit hours of ANTH 3995 Undergraduate Research and write a paper of special distinction arising out of a program of directed reading or research. Students must confer with an advisor before beginning the work.