Chiripa Bolivia excavation from 2013.

"Many of the students wish to continue their archaeological studies in graduate school or in their future careers and their devotion to the discipline made the reviewers jealous of the ability of the program to involve and to energize undergraduates to such a high degree." (excerpt from the External Reviewers' report, April 2007)

Archaeology majors are systematically trained in conducting research, gradually progressing from 200-level courses to 300-level seminars and culminating in the senior capstone seminar (ARCH 390: Advanced Studies in Archaeology) where they author and defend two or three major term papers (with two drafts/revisions each), write up book reports/reviews and conduct peer reviews. Archaeology students are also strongly encouraged to take up and conduct supervised research (ARCH 500: Independent Study) and collaborative research (ARCH 560: Student/Faculty Collaborative Research). Finally, senior archaeology majors (gpa: 3.5+) are encouraged to submit an honors thesis proposal to the department and, if approved, conduct supervised research over a period of two semesters in their senior year, produce an original thesis and defend it before a faculty committee for honors in archaeology.

Senior Seminars

ARCH 390 (Advanced Studies in Archaeology): The Ancient City: Athens

ARCH 390 (Advanced Studies in Archaeology): The Ancient City: Rome

ARCH 390 (Advanced Studies in Archaeology): The Ancient City: Mycenae

ARCH 390 (Advanced Studies in Archaeology): In Search for the Trojan War

ARCH 390 (Advanced Studies in Archaeology): Macedonia - History, Archaeology, and Politics

ARCH 390 (Advanced Studies in Archaeology): Archaeology of Writing: Greek Texts and Contexts (from Mycenaean Linear B to the Hellenistic Koine)

ARCH 390 (Advanced Studies in Archaeology): Archaeology of Death: Death and Burial in the Ancient World