2023-24 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Jun 23, 2024  
2023-24 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Archaeology: Concentration in Americas Archaeology [ARC_AARC] or World Archaeology [ARC_WARC]


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The Sociology/Anthropology Department  offers the major in Archaeology which is the discipline within anthropology that studies prehistoric and historic societies in worldwide contexts. The archaeological discipline offers a balance between the scientific investigation and culture-based understanding of past societies through their material remains and their environmental settings.

Archaeology majors may choose between the Americas or World Archaeology concentrations, both of which are seated solidly in an anthropological archaeology paradigm, in which students gain a firm cultural anthropological basis for exploring ancestral and prehistoric cultures of these geographical regions. Students also acquire basic knowledge of the scientific and laboratory-based methods employed in the discipline.

There is also a minor in archaeology which is particularly suitable for those interested in the teaching professions who must be prepared to teach about global cultures both past and present.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the foundational material in the sub-disciplines of Anthropology, including action anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and sociocultural anthropology. 
  2. Describe the methodologies used to conduct anthropological fieldwork in at least one sub-discipline. 
  3. Compare the major theoretical frameworks within anthropology using an historical perspective. 
  4. Develop a research question and/or hypothesis relevant to anthropological research. 
  5. Communicate anthropological knowledge clearly and effectively in writing. 
  6. Discuss major trends in the material culture of the archaeological records of peoples of the Western hemisphere (Americas concentration) or the Eastern hemisphere (World concentration).

I. Americas Archaeology Concentration


A. Americas Archaeology Concentration Core Courses: 6 credit hours


B. Americas Archaeology Culture Area Courses: 6 credit hours


Select two courses from the following:

C. Field or Laboratory Course: 3 credit hours


Select one course from the following:

D. Elective Courses: 6 credit hours


Select two courses from the following, or any course from Category B or C not already taken to satisfy those requirements. 

Please note that students are required to complete 24 credit hours at the 300 level or higher for the major and should limit the number of 200-level electives taken.

II. World Archaeology Concentration


A. World Archaeology Concentration Core courses: 6 credit hours


B. World Archaeology Culture Area Courses: 6 credit hours


Select two courses from the following:

C. Field or Laboratory Course: 3 credit hours


Select one course from the following:

D. Elective Courses: 6 credit hours


Select two courses from the following, or any course from Category B or C not already taken to satisfy those requirements.

Please note that students are required to complete 24 credit hours at the 300 level or higher for the major and should limit the number of 200-level electives taken.

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 120


Example of the B.A. in Anthropology: Concentration in Americas Archaeology or World Archaeology over Four Years


 Link to General Education (GE ); Link to Foreign Language  

First Year Fall


Total credit hours for semester: 16


First Year Spring


Total credit hours for semester: 16


Second Year Fall


Total credit hours for semester: 15


Second Year Spring


           Category A (core) concentration course (3 cr. hr.)
           Category B (culture area) concentration course (3 cr. hr.)
           Foreign language (3 cr. hr.)
           GE course (3 cr. hr.)
           GE course (3 cr. hr.)

Total credit hours for semester: 15


Third Year Fall


  Archaeology elective course (3 cr. hr.)
  GE course (3 cr. hr.)
  GE course (3 cr. hr.)
  Elective (3 cr. hr.)
  Elective (3 cr. hr.)

Total credit hours for semester: 15


Third Year Spring


Total credit hours for semester: 15


Fourth Year Fall


Total credit hours for semester: 15


Fourth Year Spring


          Elective course (3 cr. hr.)
          Elective course (3 cr. hr.)
          Elective course (3 cr. hr.)
          Elective course (3 cr. hr.)
          Elective course (1 cr. hr.)
 

Total credit hours for semester: 13


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