Program at a Glance

  • Program Credits

    18 credits
    • Major/Concentration: 18
  • Accreditation


The archaeology minor provides students with an in-depth knowledge of the methods and theory of modern archaeology, its history and development. Students pursuing the minor are equipped with the basic archaeological skills to serve in a variety of settings, conduct research and work within the field.


Note: This list is intended to give you a quick glimpse into the program’s academic offerings, and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising. For official program requirements, see the course catalog.


The following are prerequisites for the minor and may be completed for general education requirements:

The nature of people in culture; worldview and perception; culture change; a study of the subsystems of cultures, including social organization, religion, language and related topics. Includes practical applications to global problems such as AIDS, human rights, etc.

A survey of the physical nature of humans from an anthropological perspective. The course will explore ideas and concepts in scientific method, genetics, human variation, primate behavior, fossil humans and archaeology.

A laboratory consisting of a hands on study of specimens and an examination of the relationship between human biology and the influence of culture. This laboratory accompanies ANTH 222 Physical Anthropology and is divided between observational and experimental approaches to the collection and interpretation of data. Frequent discussion of relevant issues is included.

Core Courses

An examination of the methodology and theories of the archaeological approach to the study of humankind from the earliest times to the present and how to interpret such data in respect to political, economic and social organization as well as analyze cultural adaptation and change.

Survey of approaches, methods and theory used in current and past archaeological research. The class addresses the use of assumptions, models, strategies and research designs.

Field archaeology examines the principles of archaeological site survey, excavation and laboratory operation. The course is focused on the hands-on study of the methodology of field and laboratory processes commonly used to recover and study the wide range of materials recovered from archaeological contexts.

Elective Courses

The origin and development of the cultures of the prehistoric peoples of North America and north of Mexico are explored using archaeological evidence. The class focuses on the development of regional and continent-wide patterns of human adaptation.

Survey of native California groups indigenous to the state at the beginning of the historic period. Environmental and technological adaptations, social organization, religious systems, art and culture change are explored in this survey class.

Survey of the development of ancient culture and society throughout the world. Regional development of cultures and general themes of social behavior are explored, with a focus on the adaptation, social organization, technology and culture change.

The history of archaeology and literature of the Ancient Near East and the bearing of archaeological findings on the interpretation of the Old Testament.

The history of the excavation, the history and geography of Palestine and how archaeological findings have bearing upon Biblical interpretations.

Examination of a variety of issues related to archaeological issues either from a theoretical or practical perspective. These topics may include: Advanced Archaeological Methods, Specialized Field Methods in Archaeology, California Prehistory, Southwestern Archaeology, Archaeology of North America, Archaeology Laboratory Method, etc.

Examines the archaeological, historical and geographic backgrounds of Acts, the Epistles and Revelation. The program visits archaeological sites in Turkey, Greece and Rome including Ephesus, Pisidian Antioch, Corinth, Athens and several others. Anthropology students will examine the archaeological field reports from each of these excavations as part of their preparation.

Examines the archaeological, historical and geographic backgrounds of the Old Testament and the Gospels. The program visits archaeological sites in Israel, and students are able to experience the historical and geographic context of the Old Testament and the gospels. Anthropology students will examine the archaeological field reports from excavations in Israel as part of their preparation.

Students may spend four weeks to a semester in a field learning situation, during which time a student, under supervision, engages in the application of archaeological methods in a current archaeological excavation.