Dickinson offers one of the only archaeology majors in the country. The fundamentals of archaeological practice are learned through introductory courses in archaeology and world prehistory, biological anthropology and earth sciences. We offer specialized courses in methods, theory and advanced topics in which students gain first-hand experience conducting research and interpretation.
Two areas of specialization allow students to pursue electives in Mediterranean archaeology and art (Area A) or anthropological and environmental archaeology with a focus on North and South American archaeology (Area B). Students gain valuable field experience by participating in summer excavations, laboratory analyses and museum internships.
Majors participate in the projects of in our labs and at archaeological field projects in the Mediterranean, South America, and Pennsylvania. Students also enjoy guest lectures each semester and field trips to museums in Philadelphia, New York and Washington, D.C.
U.S. Army War College - Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute
Atlanta History Center
Dickinson College / Trout Gallery
New American Pathways
“Since I graduated from Dickinson, I've worked on academic excavations in the summer and as a freelance cultural resource manager contractor for the rest of the year. I took a brief hiatus from the latter to attend grad school at University College London's campus in Qatar to study preservation of archaeology in areas of conflict."
- Erik DeMarche, international archaeology consultant to the Afghan government's Ministry of Information and Cultural and the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum