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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


ANTH 494. Field Techniques in Archaeology


HIST/ARTH 396. Introduction to Public History


Capstone research course1


ANTH/HIST 496. Research Thesis


Choose three of the following:


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.  Material Culture


HIST/ARTH 493. Historic Preservation


GEOL 340. Environmental Soil Science


GEOG 366. Introduction to Geographic Information


GEOL 442. Field 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.