Scott Harris, Director
About the Program
The major in Archaeology is interdisciplinary, involving faculty from ten departments within four different schools at the College. Archaeology is a “cognate major” (not a stand-alone major), and must be combined with a major in Anthropology, Art History, Biology, Chemistry, Classics, Geology, Historic Preservation, or History. As a cognate major, this major allows courses to be counted in both the stand-alone major and the Archaeology major. The Archaeology major trains students in the background literature, conservation philosophy, preservation legislation, modern field methods, and increasingly sophisticated analytical laboratory methods required in archaeology. Successful completion of the Archaeology major will
- enhance students’ understanding of the long trajectory of humanity’s presence on this planet,
- train students for careers in: museums; artifact curation and restoration facilities; historic sites; local, state, and federal government; engineering, environmental, and cultural resource management firms; historical societies; historic preservation; and private foundations, and
- prepare students to be successful in archaeologically related graduate programs.