2018-2019 Catalog

Publication date June 2018

Archaeological Studies Major - Bachelor of Science (BS)

The Archaeological Studies Program at UWL is among the top comprehensive undergraduate programs in archaeology in the United States and the only one in the Midwest. Lewis Binford, one of the most influential archaeologists in the discipline's history, conducted a comprehensive review of our program and concluded: "I can say without hesitation that this is the best undergraduate program in archaeology that I have seen anywhere in this country." The uniqueness of our program lies in the fact that it is an interdisciplinary major that integrates a holistic anthropological approach, regional course offerings and study abroad experiences spanning the Old and New Worlds, a broad exposure to multiple methodological specialties, cutting edge technologies applied to archaeological research, and practical training in the applied field of cultural resource management (CRM) industry.

Most notably, we provide our undergraduate students with practical experience unmatched by other programs elsewhere for three primary reasons:

  1. Our close relationship with the Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center (MVAC), the research arm of our program, which conducts extensive research and public education activities throughout the tri-state region of Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa;
  2. Our impressive array of intensive international experiences designed to provide students with practical anthropological, archaeological, and ethnographic methods;
  3. Our focus on providing students with training in cutting edge technologies that very few programs in the U.S. offer including: geophysical and remote sensing equipment (ground penetrating radar, magnetometer, resistivity meter); precision laser mapping equipment; a complete photogrammetry array;  3-D scanning, photo, and video equipment; photographic drone for aerial photography and video.

Because our program is built around close student-instructor interaction and intensive experiential opportunities, our students are given ample opportunity for participation in all aspects of anthropological field and laboratory research. Moreover, a substantial amount of financial support is available to students for part- and full-time lab and fieldwork during the summer and school year. This support ensures that students graduate with both academic and practical job preparation.

(All colleges, excluding teacher certification programs)

37 credits

Required courses 1
ARC 100Archaeology: Discovering Our Past3
ARC 196Archaeology: An Introduction to Lab and Field Methods1
ARC 200World Archaeology: Origins and Development of Human Culture and Society3
ARC 455Historical and Theoretical Perspectives in Archaeology3
ARC 489Honors Thesis in Archaeology3
or ARC 499 Senior Project/Thesis in Archaeology
ARC 402Field Methods in Archaeology (minimum of six credits)6
Regional courses
Select at least two courses (see below)6
Methods courses
Select at least two courses (see below)6
Anthropology courses
Select at least two courses (see below)6
Total Credits37

Anthropology credits applied to the archaeological studies majors or minor may not be applied to the anthropology minor.

Credits that are applied to the archaeology studies major cannot be applied to the archaeology studies major: cultural anthropology emphasis, archaeology minor, or the anthropology minor.

Regional courses (six credits required)

ARC 204Ancient Literate Civilizations3
ARC 280The Incas and their Ancestors: Archaeology of the Andes3
ARC 285Archaeology of Mexico and Central America3
ARC 302Egyptian Hieroglyphs: The Language and Culture of Ancient Egypt3
ARC 310Midwest Archaeology3
ARC 311European Prehistory3
ARC 312African Archaeology3
ARC/ANT 325North American Anthropology and Archaeology3
ARC 350Independent Foreign Research in Archaeology1-6
ARC 357Peoples and Cultures of Africa3
ARC 367Ancient Egypt3
ARC 399Archaeology Forum3
ARC 409Readings and Research in Archaeology1-3
ARC 498Seminar in Archaeology1-3
ARC/ANT 353Maya Civilization3
ARC/HIS 295Pyramids, Temples and Towns! The Archaeology of Ancient Egypt3
ARC/HIS 331The Ancient Greek World3
ARC/HIS 332Ancient Rome and the Mediterranean3
ARC/HIS 340Origins of Cities3
ARC/HIS 365Ancient Iraq3
ARC/HIS 366Ancient Israel3
ARC/HIS 368History of Babylonian Language and Culture I3
ARC/HIS 369History of Babylonian Language and Culture II3
ARC/HIS 374Ancient Turkey3
ARC/HIS 375Iran before Islam3
ARC/HIS 396Ancient Syria3
INS 350Independent Foreign Research1-6

Methods courses (six credits required)

ARC 250Museum Studies3
ARC 300Cultural Resources Management3
ARC 303Archaeology Lab Methods3
ARC 320Historical Archaeology3
ARC 345Zooarchaeology3
ARC 347Geoarchaeology3
ARC 399Archaeology Forum3
ARC 404Environmental Archaeology3
ARC 415Advanced Research Applications in Archaeology3
ARC 445Research Methods in Archaeology3
ARC 450Internship in Archaeology1-15
ARC 498Seminar in Archaeology1-3
ARC/ANT 330Pastoralism: Past and Present3
ARC/ANT 335Human Skeletal Anatomy and the Anthropological Study of the Dead3
ARC/ANT 346Ethnoarchaeology and Experimental Archaeology3
ARC/ANT 395Graduate Preparation Seminar1
GEO/ESC 345Remote Sensing3
GEO/ESC 385Introduction to Geographic Information System and Science3
GEO/ESC 390Geospatial Field Methods3
GEO/ESC 426Soil Systems4

Anthropology courses (six credits required)

ANT 212Search for Economic Justice3
ANT 215Refugees, Displaced Persons and Transnational Communities3
ANT 250Women and Society3
ANT/ARC 325North American Anthropology and Archaeology3
ANT 366Anthropology of Food3
ANT 290Andean Anthropology3
ANT 307International Development and Culture Change3
ANT 320Rites, Rituals and Ceremonies3
ANT 321Images, Visual Culture and Anthropology3
ANT 323Anthropology of Childhood and Youth3
ANT 351Peoples and Cultures of Southeast Asia3
ANT 354Peoples and Cultures of Latin America3
ANT 362Hmong Americans3
ANT 370Medical Anthropology3
ANT 375Language, Power, and Inequality3
ANT 399Anthropology Forum3
ANT 401Ethnographic Methods3
ANT 409Readings and Research in Anthropology1-3
ANT 454Historical and Theoretical Approaches in Anthropology3
ANT 499Seminar in Anthropology2-3
ARC/ANT 304Hunter and Gatherer Societies3
ARC/ANT 305Indigenous Agricultural Societies: Past and Present3
ARC/ANT 330Pastoralism: Past and Present3
ARC/ANT 335Human Skeletal Anatomy and the Anthropological Study of the Dead3
ARC/ANT 346Ethnoarchaeology and Experimental Archaeology3
ARC/ANT 357Peoples and Cultures of Africa3
HIS/ANT 312Peoples and Cultures of Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union3

All students must complete the general education, college core, major/minor, and university degree requirements in order to qualify for a degree. The easiest way to track all of these requirements is to refer to the Advisement Report (AR) found in the Student Information System (WINGS) Student Center. All enrolled students have access to the AR. 

College of Liberal Studies (CLS/SAC) Bachelor of Science core requirements

The following conditions apply to one or both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees:

  1. Students majoring in English or in a modern language must earn a Bachelor of Arts degree (education majors earn a Bachelor of Science degree).
  2. Students majoring in other CLS programs may choose either a B.A. or a B.S. degree.
  3. Language courses (CHI, FRE, GER, RUS, SPA, MLG) used to fulfill general education requirement: "Mathematical/logical systems and modern languages" (GE 02, category 2) may also be used to meet the B.A. and B.S. language requirements.
  4. All other courses used to meet the requirements below must be in addition to the minimum 39 credits required in the General Education Program.
  5. At least one course in the B.A. or B.S. college degree program (core requirements) must be a CLS designated diversity course.
  6. Applicable courses may be found on the CLS B.A./B.S. Degree Option Course List or in the Advisement Report (AR) when the degree has been declared.

Courses used to fulfill general education requirements will not apply to core requirements except for language courses (CHI, FRE, GER, RUS, SPA, MLG) that count in the general education requirement: "Mathematical/logical systems and modern languages" (GE 02, category 2).

Bachelor of Science students complete four courses outside the department of the student's major as follows:
  1. A lab science course (from the general education list); and
  2. A social science course; and
  3. Another social science or general education natural science, or math course, or an approved CLS alternative (ENV 201, PHL 334, PHL 339); and
  4. One additional course in humanities or fine arts or complete a modern language course 102 level or higher.
In addition to all other College of Liberal Studies core requirements, all students in CLS must complete a second major, minor, or program option by satisfying one of the following:
  1. Complete a minor (or second major) outside of the student's major program, consisting of at least 18 credits; or
  2. Complete an emphasis, program or concentration of at least 18 credits outside the student's major program. General education courses may apply provided they are not being used to fulfill minimum general education requirements; or
  3. Complete 18 credits in two or more departments or programs (at least 12 credits earned at the 300/400 level). These courses must be outside the student's major department and can be from any college. General education courses may apply provided they are not being used to fulfill minimum general education requirements.

Baccalaureate degree requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:

  1. Fulfill the general education requirements.
  2. Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
  3. Complete the courses prescribed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the degree desired in the respective school or college. (No substitutions for graduation may be made in course requirements for a major or minor after the fourth week of the last semester of the senior year.)
  4. Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1 At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 (senior college) level courses. Courses earned at the 100/200 level that transferred to UWL as 300/400 level courses do not apply to this requirement nor do courses from two-year schools.
  5. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
  6. A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
  7. Submit an application for graduation via the "Apply for Graduation" link in the WINGS Student Center as soon as the student has registered for his or her final semester or summer term in residence. December and winter intersession graduates should apply by May 1. May and summer graduates should apply by December 1.

No degree will be awarded unless all requirements are fulfilled and recorded within 30 days after the official ending date of each term.

Below is a sample degree plan that can be used as a guide to identify courses required to fulfill the major and other requirements needed for degree completion. A student's actual degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). Also, this sample plan assumes readiness for each course and/or major plan, and some courses may not be offered every term. Review the course descriptions or the class timetable for course offering information.

The sample degree plans represented in this catalog are intended for first-year students entering UWL in the fall term. Students should use the Advisement Report (AR) in WINGS and work closely with their faculty advisor(s) and college dean’s office to ensure declaration and completion of all requirements in a timely manner.

General Education Program
The general education curriculum (Gen Ed) is the common educational experience for all undergraduates at UWL. Sample degree plans include Gen Ed placeholders to ensure completion of the general education requirements. Courses may be rearranged to fit the needs or recommendations of the student’s program of study. Gen Ed courses may be taken during winter term (January between the semesters) and summer to reduce the course load during regular terms (fall and spring). Students should consult with their advisor and/or the college academic services director in their college/school for assistance with course and schedule planning. Refer to the general education requirements for more specific details.

Note: at least 40 credits of the 120 credits required must be earned at the 300/400 level.

This sample degree plan does not establish a contractual agreement. It identifies the minimum requirements a student must successfully complete, to qualify for a degree, in a format intended to assist the student plan their academic career. Actual degree plans may differ.

Year 1
Gen Ed Minority Cultures3ARC 1011 
ARC 1961Gen Ed Math4 
CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy - Oral)3ARC 200 (Gen Ed World History)3 
ANT 102 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science)4ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy - Written)3 
ARC 1003ANT 202 (Gen Ed Global Studies)3 
 14 14  
Year 2
CLS Core Course3Gen Ed Arts2-3ARC 4026
ANT Course3CLS Core Diversity Course3 
ANT 101 (Gen Ed Self & Society)3Gen Ed Elective3 
Minor Course3ARC Regional Course3 
Gen Ed Lang/Logical Systems3-4Minor Course3 
 16 15 6
Year 3
CLS Core Course - Natural Lab Science4Minor Course3 
ANT Course3ARC Regional Course3 
Gen Ed Hum-Lit3Gen Ed Elective3 
ARC 4453Gen Ed Arts2-3 
ARC 3951Gen Ed Health & Well Being3 
 14 14  
Year 4
Minor Course3Gen Ed Elective3 
Elective3Minor Course3 
ARC Methods Course3ARC 489 or 4993 
ARC 4553CLS Core Course3 
Minor Course3  
 15 12  
Total Credits: 120
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