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Archaeology Schools with Undergraduate Programs and Majors

The study of archaeology looks at the culture of humans throughout history. Undergraduate education programs in archaeology are found generally within anthropology programs, though some standalone programs exist. When searching for an archaeology degree program, prospective students may consider the possible areas of specialization, faculty talent, hands-on experience opportunities and program accreditation.

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The majority of U.S. schools offering archaeology or archeology degree programs do so at the graduate level. Most undergraduate degree programs in archaeology are multidisciplinary and require students to gain a strong background in world history, languages, art history, biology and physical science.

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10 Archaeology Schools

The schools listed below are just a few of the schools that offer degree programs relevant to students interested in archaeology, with tuition and fee rates provided for the 2015-2016 year:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)*
Cornell University Ithaca, NY 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's $49,116
The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX 4-year, Public Bachelor's $9,806 in-state, $34,676 out-of-state
Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus State College, PA 4-year, Public Bachelor's $17,514 in-state, $31,346 out-of-state
New York University New York, NY 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's $47,750
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC 4-year, Public Bachelor's $8,591 in-state, $33,673 out-of-state
Brigham Young University Provo, UT 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's $5,150
University of California - San Diego San Diego, CA 4-year, Public Bachelor's $13,530 in-state, $38,238 out-of-state
University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's $50,277
Boston University Boston, MA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's $48,436
University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO 4-year, Public Bachelor's $9,509 in-state, $25,166 out-of-state

Source: *NCES College Navigator

School Selection Criteria

Different schools will have different advantages and opportunities and students may want to think about the educational resources or institutional links that exist within their chosen school. Some considerations include:

  • Whether a program provides hands-on experience
  • The cost of your education; private institutions typically cost more than public ones
  • The location in the country where you want to attend college
  • Specific courses included in a program's curriculum

A number of universities and colleges offer archaeology programs and courses within the framework of undergraduate anthropology, geography and social science degrees. These programs are typically designed to prepare students for advanced graduate study in the field of archaeology.

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