Boston University is a leading center for the study of archaeology. We offer students the opportunity to work with faculty in the field, the laboratory, and the classroom in order to pursue their study of archaeology.  A major asset of our program is the city of Boston itself.  With its many museums and libraries, and a vast wealth of historical sites and landmarks, the city provides students with a venue for sophisticated and exciting study.  We offer a major and minor in Archaeology as well as a combined BA/MA in Archaeology.

For more information, contact our Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Mary Beaudry

Resources in Archaeology at Boston University


The Boston University Archaeology Society, is organized by undergraduate majors and offers many opportunities for students to socialize, meet visiting scholars, and learn about fieldwork opportunities. The group has regular meetings and is open to all students.

A major asset of our program is the city of Boston itself. With its many museums of art, science, anthropology, and other specialties; its many specialized libraries, and with its vast wealth of historical sites and landmarks, the city and its environs expose students to sophisticated and exciting work in many fields. Various consortia make it possible for students to take advantage of the collective resources of numerous institutions of higher learning in the metropolitan area.

Career Opportunities

An undergraduate degree in archaeology is preparation for study or professional development in almost any field. If you are interested in a career in archaeology, either in research, higher education, museum work, or cultural resource management, you will need an advanced degree, and your undergraduate degree from Boston University will put you in a competitive position for admission to a graduate program. And if you decide to pursue another career, the broad range of studies in our undergraduate program, with its strong focus on the Liberal Arts, represents excellent preparation for any career, from law, business, and medicine to education and beyond. Archaeologists attract considerable interest from employers in areas like publishing, government service, management, and foreign service because of their diversity of skills and breadth of knowledge.

Summary of Requirements for an  Undergraduate Major in Archaeology

Majors in Archaeology must complete twelve 4-credit courses (nine in archaeology, two in anthropology, and one in statistics). Required archaeology courses include CAS AR 101 Introduction to Archaeology, AR 307 Archaeological Science, AR 450 Methods and Theory in Archaeology, and AR 503 Archaeological Field Experience. (AR 503 may also be satisfied by a non-BU-sponsored field experience with prior approval; see the Archaeology Field Experience Policy). Majors must also choose one topical, one technical, and one area course; and must choose two additional archaeology courses in consultation with their advisor. The required related courses for the major include one course in statistics (either CAS MA 115 or MA 213), CAS AN 101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, and one additional CAS AN course.

Summary of Requirements for an Undergraduate Minor in Archaeology

Students with majors in other programs may earn a minor in Archaeology by completing the following 4-credit courses with a grade of C or better: CAS AR 101 Introduction to Archaeology, CAS AR 307 Archaeological Science, and four additional archaeology courses, of which no more than one can be at the 100 level, and one must be at the 400–500 level.

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