Preserving Cultural Heritage
The Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Archaeology offers a profound exploration into the preservation and understanding of indigenous perspectives on cultural heritage. Amidst the Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, this option stands as a pathway for those intrigued by the intricate tapestry of indigenous archaeological perspectives.
Embracing Indigenous Narratives
Indigenous Archaeology forms one of the five options available within the Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, providing a nuanced lens into the evaluation and safeguarding of cultural heritage sites from indigenous standpoints. This option delves deep into historical contexts, enabling a comprehensive grasp of contemporary issues in indigenous archaeology while nurturing specialized analytical, laboratory, and field skills.
Empowering for Varied Career Trajectories
Completion of this option equips individuals to venture into diverse career paths, including cultural resource management in tribal, federal, state, and local government sectors, alongside private consulting firms. Graduates are also well-positioned for pursuing advanced studies in archaeology, fostering a comprehensive academic foundation.
Recognition and Transcripted Expertise
The Indigenous Archaeology option is transcripted, underscoring students' academic prowess and expertise on their official academic records. This recognition serves as a valuable asset for both graduate program applications and employment opportunities in the field.
Inclusive Pathway for All Anthropology Majors
This non-competitive option warmly welcomes all Anthropology majors, fostering an inclusive environment for an in-depth exploration of indigenous perspectives within archaeology.
Field Experience and Curriculum Guidance
Strongly advocating for field experience, particularly through UW-faculty led archaeology field schools like ARCHY 270, this option underscores the practical application of theoretical knowledge. Participation in non-UW research projects or Cultural Resource Management (CRM) projects also contributes towards 'approved courses' credits. Collaboration with archaeology faculty before engaging in field experiences ensures alignment with the Indigenous Archaeology option's objectives. The curriculum forecast serves as an invaluable guide for scheduling courses to meet option requirements.
Engage in an enriching academic journey that honors indigenous perspectives on cultural heritage, equipping you for a future in safeguarding and comprehending the significance of cultural legacies within the realm of archaeology.
BA in Indigenous Archaeology (IA) option requirements
IA students are asked to take the following courses to complete their 55 anthropology credits:
Core Coursework (Required):
- Complete core anthropology courses: BIO A 201, any 5-credit 200-level ANTH course, and any 5-credit 200-level ARCHY course.
- Complete one statistics course chosen from CS&SS/SOC/STAT 221, STAT 220, STAT 311, Q SCI 381, or ARCHY 495.
Specific Courses Required
- AIS 102 Introduction to American Indian Studies
- At least three courses from ARCHY 304, 320, 325, 345, 377, 410, 467, 472/3, or ANTH 492
Approved Courses for IA (Totaling 15 Credits from the Following Lists)
- ARCHY 303 Archaeology of Africa and Eurasia (5 credits)
- ARCHY 309 Archaeology of Mainland Southeast Asia (5 credits)
- ARCHY 319 Archaeology of Australia (5 credits)
- ARCHY 372/373 Archaeological Field Recording Techniques (5/5 credits)
- ARCHY 378 Prehistory of the Arid West (5 credits)
- ARCHY 403 The Archaeology of Landscapes (5 credits)
- ARCHY 459 Special Topics in Archaeological Science (3-5 credits, max. 10 credits)
- ARCHY 470 The Archaeology of Extinction (5 credits)
- ARCHY 480 Advanced Archaeological Analysis: Ceramics (6 credits)
- ARCHY 481 Zooarchaeology (6 credits)
- ARCHY 482/486 Geoarchaeology/Laboratory (6 credits)
- ARCHY 483 Analyses of Stone Artifacts (6 credits)
- ARCHY 484 Archaeological GIS
- ARCHY 487 Dating Methods in Archaeology (6 credits)
- ARCHY 489 Archaeology Practicum (2-9 credits, max. 15 credits)
- ARCHY 490 Museum Curation Practicum: Archaeology (1-5 credits, max. 15 credits)
- ARCHY 495 Quantitative Archaeological Analytic Techniques (5 credits)
- ARCHY 499 Undergraduate Research (max. 12 credits)
- ARCHY 270 Field Course in Archaeology. Note that five credits of this course will count to the IA option. Credits may also be granted for other relevant field experience, please consult with a member of the archaeology faculty before undertaking field experience to ensure that it is appropriate for the Indigenous Archaeology option.
Anthropology and American Indian Studies:
- ANTH 363 Applied Visual Anthropological Practices (5 credits)
- ANTH 461 Historical Ecology (5 credits)
- ANTH 471 Colonialism and Culture (5 credits)
- AIS 202 Introduction to American Indian Contemporary and Social Issues (5 credits)
- AIS 203 Introduction to Indigenous Knowledges (5 credits)
- AIS 209 Unsettling of the Red Continent: History to 1815 (5 credits)
- AIS 210 Inconvenient Indians and the "American Problem": History since 1815 (5 credits)
- AIS 335 American Indians and the Law (5 credits)
- AIS 425 Indians in Western Washington History (5 credits)
- AIS 480 Indigenous Resistance and Resurgence Movements in the US, Canada, and Mexico (5 credits)
- CHID 280 Indigenous Encounters: Politics, Culture, and Representation in Latin America (5 credits)