Archaeological Studies

Archaeology is the study of the human past through examination and interpretation of artifacts and other material remains. The discipline covers the entire record of human cultural development, from the beginning of toolmaking to advanced civilizations. Courses in archaeology are taught by instructors in Anthropology, Classics, Environmental Studies, Geology and Geophysics, History of Art, and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.

Students who wish to major in Archaeological Studies are encouraged to take one of the 100-level courses and several of the 200-level courses listed below during freshman and sophomore years. These core courses should be selected in consultation with the director of undergraduate studies or any member of the Archaeological Studies program. The design of students’ early course core should provide a background in the theoretical and technical aspects of archaeology and an introduction to the principal cultural remains of the world.

  • ARCG 110, Introduction to the History of Art: Global Decorative Arts
  • ARCG 170, Roman Art: Empire, Identity, and Society
  • ARCG 171, Great Civilizations of the Ancient World
  • ARCG 172, Great Hoaxes and Fantasies in Archaeology
  • ARCG 237, Ancient Painting and Mosaics
  • ARCG 239, Art of the Ancient Near East and Aegean
  • ARCG 252, Roman Architecture