Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Archaeology

The bachelor of arts with a major in archaeology is an interdepartmental program offered by the Department of Anthropology in cooperation with the Department of Arts and Art History and the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

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

Additional curriculum requirements:

Prerequisite courses:
ANTH 1002Sociocultural Anthropology
ANTH 1003Archaeology
Required courses in other areas:
Completion of a two-year language proficiency through the intermediate level in 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
or ANTH 3838W Theory and Practice in Archaeology
3-6 credits of archaeological field or laboratory courses 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
ANTH 3995 can be counted with advisor's approval.
ANTH 6806Technology
Qualified juniors and seniors are permitted to take ANTH 6806 with departmental approval.
12-15 credits from anthropological archaeology and archaeology of ancient civilizations (section 4 below). At least one course must be taken from both and no course can count in more than one category. Either ANTH 3821 or ANTH 3822 can count for the major, but not both.
Anthropological archaeology
ANTH 3801African Roots from Australopithecus to Zimbabwe
or ANTH 3801W African Roots from Australopithecus to Zimbabwe
ANTH 3802Human Cultural Beginnings
or ANTH 3802W Human Cultural Beginnings
ANTH 3803Old World Prehistory: First Farmers to First Cities
or ANTH 3803W Old World Prehistory: First Farmers to First Cities
ANTH 3811Historical Archaeology
ANTH 3822Archaeology in Film and Television
ANTH 3823Archaeology of Ritual and Religion
ANTH 3891Special Topics in Archaeology
15 credits of ancient civilizations, including at least one in each category below.
Art history
AH 3101Ancient Art of the Bronze Age and Greece
AH 3102Ancient Art of the Roman Empire
AH 3103Art and Archaeology of Egypt and the Near East
AH 3104Art and Archaeology of the Aegean Bronze Age
AH 3105Topics in Ancient Art and Archaeology
AH 3106Art and Archaeology of Israel and Neighboring Lands
AH 3107Ancient Mexican Civilizations
AH 3117Special Topics in Precolumbian Art and Archaeology
Classical civilization
CLAS 2105Special Topics
CLAS 2106Mythology of the Classical World
CLAS 2107Families and Politics in Ancient Drama
CLAS 3114Topics in Ancient Literatures and Cultures
CLAS 3115Topics in Ancient Art and Archaeology
History
CLAS 2112History of Ancient Greece
CLAS 2113The Roman World to 337 A.D.
CLAS 2803The Ancient Near East and Egypt to 322 B.C.
CLAS 2804History of Ancient Israel
HIST 2112History of Ancient Greece
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
Archaeology of ancient civilizations
ANTH 3804Origins of the State and Urban Society
ANTH 3805Archaeology of Israel and Neighboring Lands
ANTH 3806Art and Archaeology of the Aegean Bronze Age
ANTH 3808Archaeology and the Celts
ANTH 3812The Aztec Empire
ANTH 3813Archaeology of North America
ANTH 3814Ancient Mexican Civilizations
ANTH 3821Myths and Mysteries in Archaeology
A given course cannot count toward more than one requirement for the major.

  See the Anthropology Department for more detailed information.

In addition to the University General Education Requirement, undergraduate students in Columbian College must complete a further, College-specific general education curriculum—Perspective, Analysis, Communication, or G-PAC. Together with the University General Education Requirement, G-PAC engages students in active intellectual inquiry across the liberal arts. Students achieve a set of learning outcomes that enhance their analytical skills, develop their communication competencies, and invite them to participate as responsible citizens who are attentive to issues of culture, diversity, and privilege.

G-PAC approved courses, Dean's Seminars, and Sophomore Colloquia that may be available for registration are listed on the CCAS Advising website.

Coursework for the University General Education Requirement is distributed as follows:

  • Writing—one approved course in university writing and two approved writing in the disciplines (WID) courses.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical or creative thinking skills.
  • Mathematics or Statistics—one approved course in either mathematics or statistics.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry.
  • Social Sciences—two approved courses in the social sciences.

Coursework for the Columbian College general education curriculum is distributed as follows:

  • Arts—one approved course in the arts that involves the study or creation of artwork based on an understanding or interpretation of artistic traditions or knowledge of art in a contemporary context.
  • Global or Cross-Cultural Perspective—one approved course that analyzes the ways in which institutions, practices, and problems transcend national and regional boundaries.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical thinking skills (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement).
  • Local or Civic Engagement—one approved course that develops the values, ethics, disciplines, and commitment to pursue responsible public action.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement.
  • Oral Communication—one course in oral communication.

Certain courses are approved to fulfill the requirement in more than one of these categories.

Courses taken in fulfillment of G-PAC also may be counted toward majors or minors. Transfer courses taken prior to, but not after, admission to George Washington University may count toward the University General Education Requirement and G-PAC, if those transfer courses are equivalent to GW courses that have been approved by the University and the College.

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 credits 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.