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Historical Archaeology

The minor is designed for students interested in the sub-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 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:

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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. Environmental Soil Science

 

GEOG 366. Introduction to Geographic Information

 

GEOL 442. Field Geophysics

 


 

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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.