2016-17 Catalog

Publication date June 2016

Archaeological Studies Minor

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, said of our program: "I can say without hesitation that this is the best undergraduate program in archaeology that I have seen anywhere in this country." The archaeological studies minor is an interdisciplinary course of study that integrates the fields of New World and Old World archaeology, cultural anthropology, physical anthropology, geoarchaeology, and cultural resource management.

We are able to provide our undergraduate students with practical experience unmatched by other programs of its kind 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. The archaeology minor is designed for students who have an interest in the anthropological sub-discipline of archaeology but who are majoring in another discipline. Common majors that are served by the archaeology minor include history, geology, geography, biology, physics, and a number of others. The minor in archaeological studies provides students with a strong foundational understanding of the discipline while at the same time allowing for the selection of elective courses that particularly suite the individual student’s interests.

(All colleges, excluding teacher certification programs)

22 credits

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
Electives in archaeology15
Total Credits22

Of the 15 elective credits at least nine credits must be at the 300/400 level. Archaeology credits applied to the anthropology minor, history major or minor, sociology major or minor, and/or the geoarchaeology minor may not be applied to the archaeology minor.

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