This interdisciplinary minor introduces students to the global importance of archaeology and its value as a form of scholarly inquiry. The requirements are designed to meet two chief aims:  to give students an understanding of the methods and findings of archaeology and to give them experience of actual fieldwork.  There is a one-semester prerequisite before the student may be admitted into the minor; it may be fulfilled by taking any of three courses:  ANTH 240, ARTH 200, or CLAS 180.  One upper-level course (cross-listed as ANTH 305, CLAS 305, ARTH 305, and JWST319Y), required of all students in the minor, incorporates lectures by faculty from different units and provides an overview of the array of methods and approaches in the field while demonstrating their interrelationships.  The wide scope of contemporary archaeology is also reflected in the supporting courses, which are located in eight different departments and five different colleges.  Each of these courses draws a substantial portion of its evidence from archaeology or provides basic scientific background and training in techniques useful to the archaeologist, such as remote sensing and Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

After the one-course prerequisite has been met, the minor requires a minimum of 15 credits and consists of the following three elements:

1) A required 3-credit, 300-level course, Archaeological Methods and Practice, cross-listed as ANTH 305 , CLAS 305, ARTH 305, and JWST319Y, to be offered once each year. 

2) 3 to 6 credits in approved courses offering fieldwork experience.  There are many options at UMCP, including historical archaeology courses in ANTH that do not require travel abroad.  Study-abroad programs at other institutions must be approved in advance by a UMCP faculty member with the appropriate specialization.

3) 6 to 9 credits in supporting courses involving subject matter that includes a significant focus on archaeology (in, e.g., ARCH, ANTH, ARTH, CLAS, HIST, JWST, LARC, RELS).  A list of approved courses will be maintained by the faculty steering committee and made available to students interested in the minor.  The list will be updated as course offerings change.

Some upper-level courses that count toward the minor may have their own specific prerequisites.  As required for all minors, at least 9 credits overall must be in courses at the 300 or 400 level.  The grade point average in the minor must be at least 2.0 and no grade below C- can be counted toward the minor.  A maximum of 6 credits may be counted toward both the minor and the student’s major.  A maximum of 6 credits earned at other institutions may be counted toward the minor.


(Please note that this list is not all-inclusive; new courses may be added over time, and other existing courses with an archaeological component may be submitted for the approval of advising faculty.)


               Course Number(s):              Course Title:


ANTH 240                             Introduction to Archaeology

ANTH 241                             Controversies in Archaeology

ANTH 298D                          Introduction to Zooarchaeology

ANTH 298M                         Archaeology of the Spanish Empire

ANTH 298P                           Archaeological Ethics

ANTH 340                             Method and Theory in Archaeology

ANTH 440                             Theory and Practice of Historical Archaeology

ANTH 441                             Archaeology of Diaspora

ANTH 442                             Public Archeology

ANTH 445                             Laboratory Methods in Archaeology

ANTH 446                             Chesapeake Archeology

ANTH 447                             Material Culture Studies in Archaeology

ANTH 448A/688Z                 Archaeology of Diaspora

ANTH 448B/689B                 Archaeological Law and Preservation

ANTH 448D/689D                GIS for Anthropologists

ANTH 448F/688F                  Environmental Archaeology

ANTH 448P                           Theories of the Past

ANTH 448Q/689Q                Archaeology of the Modern City

ANTH 496                             Field Methods in Archaeology

ARCH 224                              The Ancient Roman City: Pompeii and Beyond

ARCH 422                              History of Greek Architecture

ARCH 423                              History of Roman Architecture

ARCH 428                              Selected Topics in Architectural History

ARCH 481                              The Architect in Archaeology

ARTH 200                              Art and Society in Ancient and Medieval Europe and the                                                     Mediterranean

ARTH 250                              Art and Society in the Ancient American World

ARTH 275                              Art and Society in Africa

ARTH 290                              Art and Society in Asia

ARTH 303                              Roman Art and Archaeology

ARTH 370                              Latin American Art and Archaeology before 1500

CLAS 180                               Discovering the World of Ancient Greece

CLAS 190                               Discovering the World of Ancient Rome

CLAS 308                               The Classics in Context [two versions, taught in Italy & Greece]

CLAS 315                               Greek and Roman Athletics

CLAS 330                               Ancient Greek Religion

CLAS 331                               Roman Religion

CLAS 409                               Classical Connections

GEOL 342                              Sedimentation and Stratigraphy

GEOG 210/211                       Geography of Environmental Systems/Laboratory

GEOG 372                              Remote Sensing

GEOG 373                              Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

GEOG 415                              Land use, climate change, and sustainability

GEOG 472                              Remote Sensing: Digital Processing and Analysis

GEOG 473                              Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Analysis

GEOG 475                              Computer cartography

HIST 219T/                            Jewish Texts and Cultures in the Second Temple Period

JWST 231      

HISP 200                                The Everyday and the American Environment

HIST 250                                Colonial Latin America: Culture, Power, Conflict and                                                      Exchange

HIST 289C                             A Mirror of Democracy: Athens and Her Neighbors in the                                                     Golden Age

HIST 310                                History of South Africa

HIST 371/JWST 326              Jews and Judaism in Antiquity II: First through Seventh                                                      Centuries

JWST 225/RELS 219A/          Religions of the Ancient Near East

HIST 219I      

JWST 219Q/429Q/                 Dead Sea Scrolls

RELS 219Q/429Q

JWST 289J                             Jerusalem in Antiquity: The History of Sacred Space in a                                                      Holy City

LARC 121                              Digital Design Futures

LARC 160                              Introduction to Landscape Architecture

LARC 263                              History of Landscape Architecture

LARC 450                              Environmental Resources


             To fulfill the requirement for 3 to 6 credits of fieldwork courses:


              Course Number(s):              Course Title:


ARTH 369M                          The Republic of Macedonia and Northern Greece: Cultural                                                    Crossroads, past and present

ANTH 496                             Field Methods in Archaeology

ARCH 481                              The Architect in Archaeology

ARCH 483                              Field Archaeology

CLAS 380                             The History and Archeology of Corinth and its Environs                                                    in Ancient Greece

JWST 369T/HIST 369B         Tel Burna Archaeological Field Course