Program in Archaeology



The Program in Archaeology provides students with an interdisciplinary foundation in archaeology—the study of the material remains of the past—and equips students to use archaeological evidence in other fields of inquiry. The Program offers courses that cover many cultures and periods, including Egypt, the Near East, Greece, Rome, and the Americas. It encourages a deep integration of the humanities and the sciences, and promotes the awareness of issues of cultural heritage.

The program is open to all majors who have taken any one of the courses offered by the program. Students should apply to the program during their sophomore year. 

Course of Study

  • Two core courses: ART 100 (Meanings in the Visual Arts) and ART 401 (Introduction to Archaeology)
  • Fieldwork: ART 304 (Archaeology in the Field) or its equivalent.  “Fieldwork” is not limited to excavation. Sustained engagement in any aspect of an archaeological project fulfills the obligation. Students may, for example, work in archaeological archives or intern for a zoologist. The program can provide financial support for fieldwork.
  • A further three courses: at least one must be offered in the Department of Art and Archaeology in the ancient area, and at least one must be a course outside of the Department of Art and Archaeology.
  • Independent research: 1) a senior thesis with an archaeological component; 2) a junior paper on an archaeological topic; 3) or a 25-page research paper on an archaeological topic.



ART 100 Introduction to the History of Art

ANT 201 Introduction to Anthropology

ART 204 Greek Archaeology: The Classical Period

ANT 300 Ethnography, Evidence and Experience

ANT 390 History of Anthropological Theory

ART 419/LAS 399 Theory, History, and Practice of Textile: The Andes

ANT 445 The Anthropology of Ruins

GEO / ENV / STC 102 Climate: Past, Present, and Future

GEO/ ENE 203 Fundamentals of Solid Earth Science