Archaeology Minor

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 website.

Requirements

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 cumulative GPA of 2.000 in the minor core requirements. Some programs may require higher standards for minor or specific courses.

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

Core Requirements
Five courses from at least two departments from the following list (no more than one of which is a field school): 1, 2, 315-18
IDEAs in Action General Education logo First-Year Seminar: Skeletons in the Closet
IDEAs in Action General Education logo First-Year Seminar: The Indians' New Worlds: Southeastern Histories from 1200 to 1800
IDEAs in Action General Education logo First-Year Seminar: Public Archaeology in Bronzeville, Chicago's Black Metropolis
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Ancient Cities of the Americas
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Habitat and Humanity
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Introduction to World Prehistory
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Human Origins
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Principles of Archaeology
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Prehistoric Art
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Ancestral Maya Civilizations H
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Archaeology of Ancient Turkey
Origins of Civilization: Archaeology of the British Museum
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Archaeology of North America H
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Archaeology of Food
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Archaeological Theory and Practice
Native Languages of the Americas
The Identification and Analysis of Historical Artifacts
Paleoanthropology
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Laboratory Methods: Archaeobotany
and Archaeobotany Lab
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Laboratory Methods: Human Osteology
and Human Osteology Lab
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Laboratory Methods: Zooarchaeology
and Zooarchaeology Lab
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Bioarchaeology
Laboratory Methods: Lithic Seminar
and Lithic Analysis Lab
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Laboratory Methods: Ceramic Analysis
Anthropological Application of GIS
Public Archaeology
Archaeological Geology
Written in Bone: CSI and the Science of Death Investigation from Skeletal Remains
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Public Archaeology Practicum
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Field School in North American Archaeology 1, H
Field School in South American Archaeology 1, H
The Archaeology of African Diasporas
Archaeology and Ethnography of Small-Scale Societies
Perspectives in Historical Archaeology
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Archaeology of Sex and Gender
Historical Ecology
State Formation
IDEAs in Action General Education logo The Archaeology of Health and Well-Being
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Archaeology of the American South
Origins of Agriculture in the Ancient World
Greek Painting
Archaic Greek Sculpture
Hellenistic Greek Sculpture
IDEAs in Action General Education logo First-Year Seminar: Art in the Ancient City H
IDEAs in Action General Education logo First-Year Seminar: Who Owns the Past? H
IDEAs in Action General Education logo The Archaeology of Palestine in the New Testament Period
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Ancient Cities H
Archaeological Field Methods
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Art and Fashion from Rome to Timbuktu
Archaeology of Ancient Near East
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Archaeology of Egypt
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Minoans and Mycenaeans: The Archaeology of Bronze Age Greece
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Greek Archaeology
Archaeology of Italy
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Roman Archaeology
Art of Classical Greece
Roman Art
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Hellenistic Art and Archaeology (350-31 BCE)
Archaeology of Cult
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Life in Ancient Pompeii
Classical Greek Sculpture
Greek Architecture
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Architecture of Etruria and Rome
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Roman Sculpture
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Roman Painting
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Egypt after the Pharaohs
Art and Archaeology of Achaemenid Persia
The Archaeology of the Near East in the Iron Age
The Archaeology of Anatolia in the Bronze and Iron Ages
The Archaeology of Early Greece (1200-500 BCE)
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Ancient Synagogues
Mosaics: The Art of Mosaic in Greece, Rome, and Byzantium
Field School in Classical Archaeology 1
IDEAs in Action General Education logo First-Year Seminar: The Architecture of Empire H
IDEAs in Action General Education logo First-Year Seminar: Life in Ancient Pompeii H
Ancient Mayan Hieroglyphs
Mesoamerican Languages and Linguistics
Native Languages of the Americas
IDEAs in Action General Education logo First-Year Seminar: The Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls
Total Hours15-18
H

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

1

No more than one field school course may be used for the minor. 

2

Three of the courses must be numbered 200 or above. 

3

Courses must come from at least two different departments.

See program page here for special opportunities.

Department Programs

Major

Minor

Department of Archaeology

Visit Program Website

108 Alumni Building, CB# 3120

(919) 962-6574

Chair

C. Margaret Scarry

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Jennifer Gates-Foster

gatesfos@email.unc.edu