The Center for Archaeology is an inter-departmental center that does not have its own individual course listings or degree program. Here we provide information on the range of ways in which one can study archaeology at Columbia. These include the Inter-departmental Major in Archaeology, and studying archaeology as part of an Anthropology, or Art History major, among other options:|
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Inter-departmental Major in Archaeology
The Inter-departmental Major is an interdisciplinary program that allows students to take archaeology classes from a wide range of departments at Columbia and Barnard, including Anthropology, Art History, Classics, EALAC, History, EEEB and others. Students can put together a major that reflects their particular interests. This major has a strong focus on lab and field skills, as well as on questions of interpretation and theory.
Program Requirements for the Inter-departmental MajorThe program of study should be planned as early as possible with the program advisers, preferably before the end of the sophomore year, and no later than the beginning of the junior year. A total of 30 points within the major and 9 points of related courses are required for the major as follows:
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Two introductory courses:(6 points)
The field, school, project or internship must be approved in advance by the program advisers, and arrangements should be made in advance with the director of undergraduate studies for credits to be accepted as part of the degree.
Thesis topics should be discussed with a faculty adviser during the junior year, allowing time for planning, research, and travel during the following summer. In the senior year, students may register for two semesters of senior thesis study with their adviser, e.g., ANTH W3997 or AHIS C3997–C3998, to cover the writing of the thesis, the final draft of which must be submitted by March 25. (Email archaeologyDUS@columbia.edu for more information.)
Recommeded Courses for the Interdepartmental Major
Courses for the undergraduate major in archaeology are offered by a range of departments. Please consult the Bulletin for available courses:
Other options for studying archaeology include:
Major in AnthropologyThis program of study is suitable for students who are interested in a broadly anthropological and holistic approach to questions of social change and past peoples. This major will also be a good fit for those who want to explore issues of interpretation and the social and political contexts within which archaeology is carried out. If you are considering graduate study in Anthropological Archaeology, or if you want to take archaeology classes without the fieldwork and lab requirements, this is the major for you.
The program of study should be planned as early as possible in consultation with the director of undergraduate studies and/or department consultants.
A minimum of 30 points in the Department of Anthropology and 6 points of related courses taken in other departments are required as follows:
ANTH V1002 The interpretation of culture
ANTH V2004 Introduction to social and cultural theory
ACLG V2028 Pasts, presents, futures: a critical introduction to 21st-century archaeology
Additional courses (from within anthropology or from another department) to meet the required minimum points for the major
Students who are interested in archaeology are strongly advised to include field and lab experience as part of their degree. Please contact the archaeology adviser, Prof. Zoe Crossland to discuss this
Contact the Anthropology DUS, Prof. Audra Simpson, or the archaeology adviser, Prof. Zoe Crossland to find out more. More information here
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