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Archaeology Emphasis (AA) - 60 credits

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

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

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 4

General Education/Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) – 40 credits

*See MnTC Curriculum for specific course options

GOAL 1: COMMUNICATION - 2 COURSES 

GOAL 2: CRITICAL THINKING
(met by completion of all 40 credits of the MnTC)

GOAL 3: NATURAL SCIENCES - 2 COURSES (Select from two different departments; at least one must include a lab) 

  • Course #1 - met by taking one of the above required GEOL or GEOG courses
  • Course #2 

GOAL 4: MATHEMATICAL/LOGICAL REASONING - 1 COURSE

  • Course

GOAL 5: HISTORY AND SOCIAL/BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES -
2 COURSES (Select from two different departments)

  • Course #1 - met by taking required ANTH courses 
  • Course #2

GOAL 6: HUMANITIES AND FINE ARTS- 2 COURSES
(Select from two different departments

  • Course #1
  • Course #2

GOAL 7: HUMAN DIVERSITY - 1 COURSE

  • Course - met by taking required ANTH courses

GOAL 8: GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE - 1 COURSE 

GOAL 9: ETHICAL AND CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY - 1 COURSE 

  • Course

GOAL 10: PEOPLE AND THE ENVIRONMENT - 1 COURSE 

  • Course - met by taking required ANTH courses 

Additional Course Requirements - 20 credits

Other Degree Requirements

  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 for college-level coursework (courses numbered 1000 and above) completed at Normandale.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in the MnTC.
  • Earn a minimum of 20 college-level credits at Normandale.