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Archaeology

WHAT EXACTLY IS ARCHAEOLOGY?

Archaeology explores the vanished cultures of the past through recovery and scientific analysis of physical evidence left at ancient sites. Our courses foster a biocultural understanding of societies; from materially simple to complete cultures and from the distant past to historic times. The Associate of Arts degree with Emphasis in Archaeology provides a solid foundation for an undergraduate major or for study in related disciplines, as well as tools and hands-on skills for participating in field research and cultural resource management.

WHY STUDY ARCHAEOLOGY ANYWAY?

(From Society of American Archaeology)

Archaeology offers a unique perspective on human history and culture that has contributed greatly to our understanding of both the ancient and the recent past.

It also helps us understand not only where and when people lived on the earth, but also why and how they have lived, examining the changes and causes of changes that have occurred in human cultures over time, seeking patterns and explanations of patterns to explain everything from how and when people first came to inhabit the Americas to the origins of agriculture and complex societies.

WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH AN ARCHAEOLOGY DEGREE?

Click on this link to get a look at an Archaeology 101 guide put together by the American Institute of Archaeology for students looking to into the field.

Careers in Archaeology

Types of Jobs

(From iseek.org)

Individuals who study archaeology often work in the following profession

  • Anthropologists and Archaeologists
  • College Anthropology and Archeology Teachers
  • Historians

 

Skills Acquired

(from iseek.org)
Archaeology programs include topics such as:

  • Archaeological theory
  • Cultural studies
  • Ancient civilizations
  • Field and dating methods
  • Conservation and museum studies
  • Anthropology
  • Geology

In archaeology programs, students take courses from different fields of study including art, history, statistics and biology.

Degrees & Certificates in Archaeology

Students seeking an Associate of Arts (AA) in Liberal Education with an emphasis in archaeology must successfully complete the AA requirements and the specific emphasis requirements.

Emphasis requirements may also be used to satisfy the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goal requirements.

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Associate of Arts Degree with Emphasis in Archaeology

Archaeology explores the vanished cultures of the past through recovery and scientific analysis of physical evidence left at ancient sites.

Our courses foster a bio-cultural understanding of societies; from the materially simple to complex cultures from the distant past to historic times.

The Associate of Arts with Emphasis in Archaeology provides a solid foundation for an undergraduate major for study in related disciplines, as well as tools and hands-on skills for participating in field research and cultural resource management.

Required Courses: 14-16 credits

Code Title Credits
ANTH 1150 Native American Voices 3
ANTH 1194 Independent Study Project: Archaeological Field Work 1 3
ANTH 1230 Archaeology - Prehistory and Humanity's Cultural Origins 3
ANTH 1231 Experimental Archaeology - Ancient Technologies 1
ANTH 1235 Field Archeology - Methods of Exploring the Past 3
ANTH 1236 Archaeology of Minnesota - Prehistoric Native Cultures 3

Complete at least one of the following for 4 credits:

NOTE: GEOL 1110 must be taken with its lab, GEOL 1111 for a total of 4 credits.

Code Title Credits
GEOL 1101 Physical Geology 4
GEOL 1110 Environmental Geology 3
GEOL 1111 Environmental Geology Laboratory 1
GEOG 1101 Physical Geography 4

Complete at least one additional course for 3 credits:

Code Title Credits
ANTH 1127 Cultural Anthropology - The Global Human Experience 3
ANTH 1145 Human Variation – Bio-Anthropology and Forensic Analysis 3
ANTH 1210 Human Evolution - An Introduction to Bio-Anthropology 3