Minor in Archaeology

Archaeology is the study of past human cultures through their material remains. The objectives of archaeology also include a concern for the management of cultural heritage, for the ethics of preserving and presenting the human past, and for the appreciation of how understanding the past enriches us in the present and in our orientation toward the future. Undergraduate students minoring in Archaeology learn the scientific and humanistic methods of analyzing and interpreting past human cultures within their spatial and temporal contexts, as well as different theoretical perspectives for understanding this evidence. Skill sets developed by Archaeology students are transferable to careers in professional archaeology and in a range of other fields, including international studies, cultural heritage and preservation, museums, cultural ecology, and spatial and material analyses.


Students with majors in other programs may earn a minor in Archaeology by completing the following courses (all 4 credits) with a grade of C or better:

  • CAS AR 101 Introduction to Archaeology
  • CAS AR 307 Archaeological Science
  • Four additional 4-credit CAS AR courses, of which no more than one can be at the 100 level, and one must be at the 400–500 level


Director of Undergraduate Studies