Department of Anthropology

Archaeology

General Information

The undergraduate major in archaeology reconstructs the customs and daily life of people who lived in the past by excavating and analyzing the material remains of the sites of human occupation. At the same time, archaeology seeks to understand the evolution of culture and society by determining how and why changes in human society occurred over the past five million years that our species has inhabited the earth.

This concentration provides students with the background and skills for further graduate study in anthropology and for professional study in the medical sciences. It also provides students with many other transferable skills including a biocultural perspective on human biology and culture, and the ability to analyze data, interpret findings, and communicate them effectively. Undergraduate students have the opportunity to conduct independent projects at other institutions including the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

 

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

 COURSE  COURSE DESCRIPTION
 ANTH 102  Being Human: Intro to Social and Cultural Anthropology
 ANTH 103  Introduction to Human Evolution
 ANTH 107  Archaeology: An Introduction
 ANTH 319  Intro to Statistical Analysis in the Social Sciences/ or equivalent

 

At least one course dealing with a geographic area, such as

 COURSE  COURSE DESCRIPTION
 ANTH 312  Ethnography of Southeast Asia
 ANTH 314  Cultures of the United States
 ANTH 331  The Most Ancient Near East
 ANTH 349  Cultures of Latin America
 ANTH 353  Chinese Culture and Society

 

At least three approved archaeology courses, such as

 COURSE  COURSE DESCRIPTION
 ANTH 202  Archaeology of Eastern North America
 ANTH 321  Methods in Archaeology
 ANTH 324  Field Methods in Archaeology
 ANTH 330  Special Topics in Prehistory
 ANTH 331  The Most Ancient Near East
 ANTH 333  Roots of Ancient India: the Archaeology of South Asia
 ANTH 399  Independent Study (if approved by advisor)
 Summer fieldwork
  Two approved electives: 6 semester hours

 

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

 COURSE  COURSE DESCRIPTION
 ANTH 102  Being Human: Intro to Social & Cultural Anthropology
 ANTH 103  Introduction to Human Evolution
 ANTH 107  Archaeology: An Introduction
 At least one geographical area course
 At least one approved archaeology elective
 Summer fieldwork