The Archaeology Minor

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A total of eight courses are required for the Archaeology minor. The minor co-directors can advise students about which courses may fulfill the requirements for the minor. These courses are in many college departments and include courses conducted by visiting professors. Students are encouraged to consult with the minor co-directors, who are available to help students and instructors of supporting courses.

Field Experience

Students are highly encouraged to become involved in archaeological fieldwork beyond the context of their coursework at Carleton. The Archaeological Institute of America's Fieldwork Bulletin is an excellent resource for locating opportunities. Enrolling in an external program of fieldwork is not a formal requirement of the minor, but can count toward supplementary coursework. Again, students are encouraged to discuss possible opportunities with the minor co-directors.

Minor Requirements

A total of eight courses are required for the minor, including:

  • Core Courses (4 courses required) 

    • ARCN 246 Archaeological Methods
    • CLAS 122 The Archaeology of Mediterranean Prehistory

              or CLAS 123 Greek Archaeology and Art (Not offered 2018-19)
              or CLAS 124 Roman Archaeology and Art (Not offered 2018-19)

    • GEOL 210 Geomorphology

              or GEOL 258 Geomorphology of Soils (Not offered 2018-19)

    (Note: there is a prerequisite of one 100-level geology courses to enroll in either of these courses)

    • SOAN 110 Introduction to Anthropology
  • Supporting Courses (3 courses required):

Supporting courses may be drawn from any of the core courses listed above (beyond the four required), or from selected other ARCN pertinent courses (listed below). In each course the student must (at a minimum) complete a project with an explicit focus on the interpretation of archaeological materials. In certain circumstances another course (one not listed as ARCN pertinent) may be substituted with the approval of the Archaeology Program co-directors, provided the requirement of completing an archaeological project of sufficient scale is also fulfilled. An archaeological field school or independent study may also count toward one of the required supporting courses, if course credit (through Carleton or another university) is granted or a follow-up independent study is undertaken with the Program co-directors.

The co-directors of the minor can advise students about which courses may fulfill these requirements. These courses are in many College departments and include courses taught by visiting professors. Students are encouraged to consult with the Program co-directors, who are available to help students and instructors of supporting courses. The following courses with ARCN pertinent designations can be applied to the Minor:

    • ARTH 101 Introduction to Art History I
    • CLAS 267 Political Landscapes: Archaeologies of Territory and Polity (not offered in 2018-19)
    • HIST 246 The Material World of the Anglo-Saxons (not offered in 2018-19
    • SOAN 241 Guatemala Program: Mesoamerican Cultures (not offered in 2018-19)
    • Independent Study resulting from a summer field project
  • Capstone Seminar (1 course required):
    • ARCN 395 Archaeology: Science, Ethics, Nationalism and Cultural Property (not offered in 2018-19)

Field Experience

Students are highly encouraged to become involved in archaeological fieldwork beyond the context of their coursework at Carleton. The Archaeological Institute of America's Fieldwork Bulletin (https://www.archaeological.org/fieldwork/afob) is an excellent resource for locating opportunities. Enrolling in an external program of fieldwork is not a formal requirement of the concentration, but can count toward supplementary coursework. Again, students are encouraged to discuss possible opportunities with the Program co-directors.