Major Option: Archaeological Sciences

Archaeological Dig

The Archaeological Sciences option is recommended to students who are interested in an in-depth study of archaeological methods and theories. More specifically, it seeks to introduce students to the rigorous study of archaeological data. The required courses in this option will equip students with specialized laboratory, analytical and field skills, and will provide them with the historical context needed for understanding contemporary issues in archaeological sciences.

Special emphasis is put on teaching students the logic and rationale behind archaeological arguments. Students who complete this option will be well-equipped to pursue careers in archaeology-related fields both in private (e.g. cultural research management firms) and public (e.g. National Park Service, Forestry Service) sectors and to pursue graduate studies in archaeology.

The Archaeological Sciences option is a transcripted option that allows students’ academic work and expertise in archaeology to be recognized on their official academic transcript, which may help them in their applications to graduate programs or to gain employment.

This option is non-competitive and open to all Anthropology majors. 

Field experience is strongly recommended, especially with a UW-faculty led archaeology field school. Five credits of ARCHY 270 will count towards the 'approved courses' credits. Other kinds of field experience, such as participation in non-UW research projects or Cultural Resource Management (CRM) projects, can also be credited towards the 'approved courses' list. Students should consult with the archaeology faculty before undertaking field experience to ensure that it is appropriate for the ASc. The curriculum forecast is a useful tool to help with scheduling to fulfill the option's course requirements. 

Archaeological Sciences (ASc) option requirements

In addition to completing the core courses for anthropology (BIO A 201ARCHY 205, and any 5 credit, 200-level ANTH course) and one statistics course (choosing from CS&SS/SOC/STAT 211STAT 220STAT 311, or Q SCI 381), Archaeological Sciences students are asked to take the following courses to complete their 55 anthropology credits:

  1. Three classes from ARCHY 372/3, 465, 467, 472/3, 480, 481, 482, 483, 484, 486, 495, 561 or BIO A 487
  2. 15 credits from the approved Archaeological Sciences course list (below)

Approved Courses for Archaeological Sciences (ASc)

(Number of credits in parentheses)

Strongly recommended:

Also recommended:

Course Substitutions

Students may also petition the department advising office to have other courses approved for the option, such as courses offered by the Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences or study abroad courses with a substantial archaeological component.

In their petition, the student must submit:

  1. a syllabus of the course that is not on the lists here
  2. a one-page justification of why the course is suitable to be counted toward the ASc option
  3. an explanation of why the student did not take a relevant ASc course when it was offered (for example, it conflicted with a major or minor requirement) and
  4. a copy of their academic transcript showing successful completion of the course to be credited toward the ASc option.

Please understand that petitions for waiving core credit requirements (15 credits from ARCHY 480481482483484495561) will only be approved in cases of compelling scheduling conflicts and for substitute courses of comparable relevance to Archaeological Sciences.