How to Choose an Archaeology Program
Four-year colleges and universities commonly have archaeology programs.
- Consider education level and career aspirations when selecting a bachelor's, master's or doctoral program.
- Look for curriculum that has fieldwork and laboratory training alongside traditional classroom learning.
- Some schools operate archaeology dig sites for a chance at hands-on experience.
- Programs may have specializations or else provide a broad overview of different areas under archaeology; students should tailor their search to find what most interests them.
Archaeology Program Overviews
Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology
Generally, an archaeology bachelor's degree program prepares students to work in a lab or continue on to a graduate program. Most involve fieldwork and lab components, as well as a research project. Coursework covers:
- Ancient civilizations
- Foreign languages
- Anthropological archaeology
Master of Arts in Archaeology
Archaeology master's degree programs typically allow deeper specialization. Available concentrations may include African prehistoric archaeology, old world archaeology or new world historical archaeology. Most programs include comprehensive exams and require a thesis or completion of a master's project. Graduates may be prepared for careers in museum curation or historic preservation. Courses might include:
- Politics and archaeology
- Biblical archaeology
- Greek archaeology
Doctor of Philosophy in Archaeology
Doctoral programs in archaeology train students to become researchers, educators or museum curators. Students complete courses, fieldwork and laboratory work in their specialties, and receive additional training in quantitative methods, biology and physical science. Students must pass qualifying exams and complete a dissertation. These programs take 4-6 years to complete. Coursework comprises:
- Archaeological theory
- Research methods in archaeology
- Ancient urbanism
10 Schools with Archaeology Programs
|Pennsylvania State University||4-year, Public|
|University of Texas||4-year, Public|
|University of Missouri||4-year, Public|
|Brigham Young University||4-year, Private|
|New York University||4-year, Private|
|University of California - San Diego||4-year, Public|
|University of Southern California||4-year, Public|
|University of Akron||4-year, Public|
|University of North Carolina||4-year, Public|
|Boston University||4-year, Public|