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2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Anthropology, Archaeology Concentration, B.S.

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Degree Requirements

Required Courses

  • General Education  41 Credit Hours 1
  • Quantitative requirement 3 Credit Hours 2
  • Scientific Literacy requirement 3-4 Credit Hours 2
  • University electives 35-36 Credit Hours
  • Major requirements (listed below) and electives 41 Credit Hours

Total: 120 Credit Hours


1 The General Education  program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.
2 MATH 220. Elementary Statistics [C3QR] , is strongly recommended for those students who have not taken that course or an equivalent as part of their General Education.

Major Requirements

To earn a B.A. or B.S. degree in anthropology, students complete 41 credit hours in the major. Given the diverse opportunities the discipline provides, the major is designed to allow students the opportunity to work closely with their advisers to develop a curriculum appropriate to their personal and professional interests. Those students wishing to do so may elect to pursue a concentration in one of the three sub-disciplines of cultural, biological or archaeological anthropology.

The concentrations guide students in choosing courses to enhance opportunities for graduate school or allow them to pursue an area of personal interest within the larger discipline of anthropology. Up to two elective courses from a discipline outside of anthropology may be applied to the major. Elective courses from outside of the program must be approved by the student’s adviser and must be at the 300- or 400-level. Students must receive at least a “C-” in a class to have it count toward the major.

Archaeology Concentration

Archaeology is the study of the development and change of human societies from the prehistoric past to the present through the recovery, analysis and interpretation of material remains. Our program emphasizes an anthropological approach to archaeology and has close ties to anthropology’s other subdisciplines. Archaeology has developed its own body of theories and methods for addressing the human story, many of which are focused on understanding what human material culture reveals about peoples’ lives.

The archaeology concentration builds student expertise in a variety of areas of archaeological practice, including field methods, the analysis and interpretation of archaeological data, and an understanding of the culture histories of many world regions. Elective courses and independent projects allow students to explore a variety of facets of archaeological theory and practice, with an emphasis on hands-on experience and engagement with real world data and artifacts. Students work with faculty to determine what electives within and outside the program best serve their scholarly and professional interests. Archaeology concentrators can benefit from expertise gained in upper-level electives in history, the geographic sciences, geology, art history, and biology. Intensive training in field methods, though not required for the concentration, is strongly encouraged and is provided by a summer archaeological field school. Those interested in historical archaeology should consider the cross-disciplinary Historical Archaeology Minor .

Required Courses

Total: 41 Credit Hours


1 Students should take two of ANTH 195 , ANTH 196  or ANTH 197  and at least one anthropology elective before taking ANTH 375 .

2 Students electing to take ANTH 490. Special Studies in Anthropology  to satisfy this requirement will complete a project that requires the analysis and interpretation of archaeological data. This course requires permission of instructor and must be taken for 3 credits. Total credits for the archaeology concentration must still add to at least 41.​

3 Students may take up to two adviser-approved electives at the 300 or 400 level from courses outside of the program. GEOL 442. Field Geophysics , ARTH 396. Introduction to Public History /HIST 396. Introduction to Public History  and ARTH 394. Introduction to Museum Work /HIST 394. Introduction to Museum Work  are particularly recommended.

Anthropology Course Designations

Cultural Anthropology (C)

Writing Intensive (W)

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