The undergraduate degree in archaeology focuses on the systematic study of the human past through its material remains, by means of the excavation, recovery, and interpretation of artifacts and other associated evidence. Historical, environmental, and comparative components enable the examination of different culture systems through time and space, as well as the reconstruction of past lifeways and the interpretation of ancient social, political, and economic systems. The geographic scope of the program includes the Americas, Europe and the Mediterranean, Egypt, and the Near East. The educational goal of the program is to provide the student with a component of a liberal arts education that draws on both the social sciences and the humanities. It will also effectively prepare students for graduate study in anthropological archaeology, Mediterranean archaeology, museology, and historical preservation, or careers in contract archaeology and cultural resource management.
Requirements (as of Spring 2014)
Archaeology majors must complete all requirements of the General College.
The archaeology major requires a minimum of 10 courses (30 hours) with at least 21 hours with a grade of C or better. Students must take one course in the logic of archaeological inference, two archaeological practice courses (a laboratory methods course and a field school), two comparative perspectives courses, one long-term history course, one topics in archaeology course, and three electives. One of the electives may be satisfied by offerings in any of these categories, selected according to the interests of the student. Independent research, directed readings, or honors thesis hours may be substituted for the elective chosen from the course offerings. The other two electives will be in related fields. Courses approved to meet these two electives are listed according to potential student interests. These categories are intended to help students select electives that are relevant to their interests within archaeology. Courses not listed above may be approved as electives by the advisor for the major. In choosing their comparative perspectives, long-term history, and topics in archaeology courses, students will be required to select courses from at least two of the participating departments.
Students may count only three introductory-level courses (numbered below 200) toward their major. Subject to the approval of the advisor for the major, students may count graduate seminars towards fulfillment of their comparative perspectives, long-term history, and topics in archaeology or electives requirements. Also subject to the approval of the archaeology major advisor, field schools sponsored by study abroad or other universities may be used to fulfill the archaeological practice field experience requirement.
For transfer students, at least half of the coursework in the major must be completed within the curriculum at UNC-CH.
• In choosing their comparative perspectives, long-term history and topics in archaeology courses students are required to select courses from at least two of the participating departments (Art, Anthropology, Classics and Religious Studies)
• Of the 30 hours required for the major, at least 21 must be completed with a grade of C or higher.
• Students may count only three introductory-level courses (numbered below 200) toward their major.
Course Requirements (see course descriptions and prerequisites)
• One course in the Logic of Archaeological Inference from the following list:
ANTH 220 Principles of Archaeology
• Two courses in Archaeological Practice from the following lists:
• One course in Comparative Perspectives from the following list:
ANTH 121 Ancient Cities of the Americas
• Two courses in Long-Term History from the following list:
ANTH 148 Human Origins
• One course in Topics in Archaeology from the following list:
ANTH 054 First-year seminar. The Indians' New Worlds (AMST 054)
• One elective course chosen from any of the courses listed above. Independent research, directed readings, or honors thesis hours may be substituted for the elective chosen from the course offerings.
• Two additional electives from related fields. See Undergraduate Bulletin for a complete list of approved electives arranged by potential student interest. Any two may be used to fulfill the degree requirement.