Undergraduate Major and Minor in Archaeology

I. Majoring in Archaeology

Joining the major:

  • No prerequisite courses are necessary before joining the major.
  • Students can get major and advisor add forms from the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Prof. Caitlín Barrett (ceb329@cornell.edu).

Requirements for the major (for students joining in 2014-15 forward):

  • Coursework requirements:
  • Major distribution requirements: Students are required to take the following number of courses from different categories within the Archaeology Courses of Study.
    • Comparative Survey: One course.
    • Methods/Theory: Two courses.
    • Regional Concentrations: Students must take a minimum of one course in at least two different regional concentrations.
  • Some notes on course credits:
    • Students select their courses in consultation with a major advisor of their choosing. In some areas of specialization, intensive language training should be coordinated with other studies as early as the freshman year.
    • To receive credit towards the major, students must receive a grade of C or better within a course.
    • A maximum of 4 of the 32 required credit hours can come from independent study courses (e.g., Arkeo 3000 Individual Study).
    • Fieldwork requirement:
      • Every student should gain some practical experience in archaeological fieldwork on a project authorized by his or her advisor.
      • This requirement may be waived in exceptional circumstances.
      • Scholarship opportunities for fieldwork: The Jacob and Hedwig Hirsch bequest provides support for a limited number of students to work at excavations sponsored by Cornell and other approved institutions: see further information at http://ciams.cornell.edu/funding.
      • Graduating with honors:
        • Honors in archaeology are awarded on the basis of the quality of an honors essay and the student’s overall academic record.
        • Requirements for prospective honors students include:
          • 3.5 GPA in the major
          • 3.0 GPA overall
          • Senior thesis
            • During the senior year, students enroll in Arkeo 4981 (Honors Thesis Research) and Arkeo 4982 (Honors Thesis Writeup).
            • Both courses are offered in the fall and spring. Only ARKEO 4981 may count toward hours for completion of the archaeology major requirements. The credit hours for these courses are variable.
  • Students applying for honors should consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Prof. Caitlín Barrett (ceb329@cornell.edu), before the beginning of the senior year.

II. Minoring in Archaeology

Joining the minor:

  • No prerequisite courses are necessary before joining the minor.
  • Students can get minor add forms from the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Prof. Caitlín Barrett (ceb329@cornell.edu).

Requirements for the minor:

  • Coursework requirements: Students must take 5 archaeology courses, including courses from the following categories:
    • Comparative Survey: One course.
    • Methods/Theory: One course.
    • Regional Concentrations: Students must take a minimum of one course in at least two different regional concentrations.
    • Note: To receive credit towards the minor for a course, students must receive a grade of C or better.
    • Fieldwork: recommended, but not required
      • Minors are encouraged to gain some fieldwork experience.
      • Scholarship opportunities for fieldwork: Minors are eligible for Hirsch Scholarships in support of fieldwork on the same basis as majors.

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