Archaeology Minor

Department of Archaeology

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C. Margaret Scarry, Chair

Ben Arbuckle, Director of Undergraduate Study, Fall 2020

Margaret Scarry, Director of Undergraduate Study, Spring 2021

The minor in archaeology draws on a number of disciplines and departments—principally anthropology, classics, and art—in the study of the ancient world, the reconstruction of past lifeways, and the interpretation of ancient social, political, and economic systems.

The minor helps prepare students for graduate study in anthropological archaeology, classical archaeology, cultural resource management, and historical preservation. It also provides any student with a strong intellectual interest in archaeology with a structured introduction to this field. Students interested in the minor in archaeology may contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies and consult the Web site.

Department Programs




In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must:

  • take at least nine hours of their minor "core" requirements at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum of 12 hours of C or better in the minor (some minors require more)

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

Core Requirements
Two core courses (no more than one of which is a field school) from the following list:6-9
Principles of Archaeology
Archaeological Theory and Practice
Public Archaeology Practicum
Field School in North American Archaeology H
Field School in South American Archaeology H
Archaeological Field Methods
Field School in Classical Archaeology
One comparative course from the following list:3
Ancient Cities of the Americas
Habitat and Humanity
Introduction to World Prehistory
Prehistoric Art
Archaeology and Ethnography of Small-Scale Societies
State Formation
Origins of Agriculture in the Ancient World
First-Year Seminar: Art in the Ancient City H
Ancient Cities H
One area-studies course from the list below3
One topical course from the list below3
Total Hours15-18

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Additional Requirements

  • The courses used to satisfy these requirements must come from at least two departments.
  • Three of the courses must be numbered 200 or above and come from two different divisions.
    • Courses in the Division of the Humanities include AMST, CLAR, CLAS, LING, and RELI.
    • Courses in the Division of the Social and Behavioral Sciences include ANTH and ARCH.
  • At least one course must be numbered 300 or above.

Area-studies Course

ANTH 231The Inca and Their Ancestors: The Archaeology of Andean South America3
ANTH 232Ancestral Maya Civilizations H3
ANTH 233Prehistory of Southwest Asia and Egypt: From the Earliest Humans to the Rise of Civilization3
ANTH 250Archaeology of North America H3
ANTH 457Perspectives in Historical Archaeology3
ANTH 550Archaeology of the American South3
CLAR 241Archaeology of Ancient Near East3
CLAR 242Archaeology of Egypt3
CLAR 243Minoans and Mycenaeans: The Archaeology of Bronze Age Greece3
CLAR 244Greek Archaeology3
CLAR 245Archaeology of Italy3
CLAR 247Roman Archaeology3
CLAR 262Art of Classical Greece3
CLAR 268Hellenistic Art and Archaeology (350-31 BCE)3
CLAR 375Archaeology of Cult3
CLAR 464Greek Architecture3
CLAR 465Architecture of Etruria and Rome3
CLAR 475Frontiers and Provinces of the Roman Empire3
CLAR 480Egypt after the Pharaohs3
CLAR 488The Archaeology of the Near East in the Iron Age3
CLAR 489The Archaeology of Anatolia in the Bronze and Iron Ages3
CLAR 491The Archaeology of Early Greece (1200-500 BCE)3
CLAR/JWST/RELI 110The Archaeology of Palestine in the New Testament Period3

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Topical Course

AMST/ANTH 54First-Year Seminar: The Indians' New Worlds: Southeastern Histories from 1200 to 18003
ANTH 50First-Year Seminar: Skeletons in the Closet3
ANTH 60First-Year Seminar: Crisis Resilience: Past and Future of Human Societies H3
ANTH 64First-Year Seminar: Public Archaeology in Bronzeville, Chicago's Black Metropolis3
ANTH 65First-Year Seminar: Humans and Animals: Anthropological Perspectives3
ANTH 143Human Evolution and Adaptation3
ANTH 144Archaeology and the Media3
ANTH 148Human Origins3
ANTH 149Great Discoveries in Archaeology3
ANTH 252Archaeology of Food3
ANTH 410The Identification and Analysis of Historical Artifacts3
ANTH 411Laboratory Methods in Archaeology H3
ANTH 412Paleoanthropology3
ANTH 413Laboratory Methods: Archaeobotany3
ANTH 414Laboratory Methods: Human Osteology3
ANTH 415Laboratory Methods: Zooarchaeology3
ANTH 416Bioarchaeology3
ANTH 417Laboratory Methods: Lithic Seminar3
ANTH 418Laboratory Methods: Ceramic Analysis3
ANTH 420Public Archaeology3
ANTH 423Written in Bone: CSI and the Science of Death Investigation from Skeletal Remains3
ANTH 454The Archaeology of African Diasporas3
ANTH 455Ethnohistory3
ANTH 458Archaeology of Sex and Gender3
ANTH 460Historical Ecology3
ANTH 538Disease and Discrimination in Colonial Atlantic America3
ANTH 650Reconstructing Life: Nutrition and Disease in Past Populations3
ANTH 651Identity, Memory, and the Afterlife: The Space and Place of Death3
ANTH 674Issues in Cultural Heritage3
ANTH/GEOL 421Archaeological Geology3
ARCH 393Internship in Archaeology3-6
ARCH 395Research in Archaeology1-6
ARCH 396Independent Study in Archaeology1-6
ARTH/CLAR 263Roman Art3
ARTH/CLAR 474Roman Sculpture3
ARTH/CLAR 476Roman Painting3
CLAR 51First-Year Seminar: Who Owns the Past? H3
CLAS 71First-Year Seminar: The Architecture of Empire H3
LING 558Ancient Mayan Hieroglyphs3
LING 560Mesoamerican Languages and Linguistics3
LING 561Native Languages of the Americas3
RELI 63First-Year Seminar: The Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls3
RELI 512Ancient Synagogues3

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

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