Historical Archaeology


The minor is designed for students interested in the field of historical archaeology, a discipline that integrates the research interests and methods of archaeology and history. The minor is designed to complement existing majors in anthropology and history, and it may also be of interest to students in art history and public administration. While guided by the theoretical underpinnings of history and anthropology, the minor in historical archaeology is highly field- and research-oriented. Students enrolling in the program should anticipate courses that require significant effort outside of the classroom.


Two courses (six credits) may be double-counted between the minor and the student's major.


Required Courses Credit Hours
ANTH/HIST 331. Historical Archaeology 3
ANTH 494. Field Techniques in Archaeology 4
HIST/ARTH 396. Introduction to Public History 3
Capstone research course 1 3
ANTH/HIST 496. Research Thesis  
Choose three of the following: 9
Of these, one course must be chosen from the history/anthropology options and one must be from the geology or geography options. 2  
ANTH 410. Spatial Analysis for Anthropologists  
ANTH 455. Archaeology: Methods of Analysis and Interpretation  
HIST/ARTH 394. Introduction to Museum Work  
HIST/ANTH/ARTH 492. American Material Culture  
HIST/ARTH 493. Historic Preservation  
GEOL 340. Soils and Land Use  
GEOG 366. Introduction to Geographic Information  
GEOL 440. Geophysics  


1 The personalized capstone course can take place over one or two semesters and will require the student to work closely with a faculty adviser. The project will require the student to define a research topic, establish a theoretical and methodological base for the project, gather data, interpret the results and prepare an appropriate statement of findings.

2 Access to geology and geography courses is competitive and will require some computer experience.