BA in Archaeology/MA in Anthropology

 

crew removing turf at Dun Ailinne in Co. Kildare Ireland with professor Susan Johnston.

 

The dual Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology/Master of Arts in Anthropology program allows students to complete the graduate degree on an accelerated timeline by completing 12 graduate credits as part of the undergraduate program. In addition to traditional class work, archaeology students fulfill requirements through lab research and fieldwork, with sites including Ireland, Israel and Kenya.

Students are advised to consult their departmental advisor regarding the details of the degrees and course of study.

 

 


Application Requirements

Eligible students will apply for formal admission into the BA/MA program by February 15, through the CCAS Combined Degree Application process. Students will be recommended for admission to the MA program on the same basis as other applicants for the degree, with the final decision being made by the CCAS graduate dean.

 


Degree Timeline

Combined degree students are admitted to the master's program with the understanding that during their undergraduate program, they will complete 12 credits of master's coursework, which also count toward the bachelor's degree. 

This leaves 24 credits left to finish out their 36-credit master's degree. Most students complete six credits over the summer, nine credits in the fall semester and nine credits in the final spring semester, totaling one calendar year beyond the bachelor's degree. During that year, they are officially graduate students and eligible for consideration as teaching assistants or graders.

Sample BA in Archaeology/MA in Anthropology Schedule

  • ANTH 1001, 1002, 1003, 1004 (13 hours)
  • Language requirement, if needed (12 hours)
  • GCR courses (ca. 39 hours) (parts of natural science, social science, and foreign culture fulfilled as part of Anthropology major, one or two of the others can be substituted for electives in junior year)

Any Summer (3-6 hours)

  • Archaeological Field School 

Fall (15 hours)

  • Upper-level Archaeology (from Anthropological Archaeology or Ancient Civilizations sections)
  • Upper-level Art History (from Anthropological Archaeology or Ancient Civilizations sections)
  • Upper-level Classics (from Ancient Civilizations section)
  • Electives/ GPAC courses

Spring (15 hours)

  • Upper-level Archaeology (from Anthropological Archaeology or Ancient Civilizations sections)
  • Upper-level Art History (from Anthropological Archaeology or Ancient Civilizations sections)
  • Upper-level Classics (from Ancient Civilizations section)
  • Upper-level History (from Ancient Civilizations section)
  • electives/ GPAC courses
  • Apply to the BA/MA

Fall (15 hours)

  • Graduate seminar (e.g., Anth 6302)
  • Four electives, which may include a second graduate-level course or an upper-level undergraduate course taken for graduate credit

Spring (15 hours)

  • Methods course (e.g. Anth 3531 or 6351, Anth 3838)
  • Proseminar (e.g. Anth 6101, Anth 6102, Anth 6103, Anth 6104)
  • Three electives, which may include a graduate-level course or upper-level undergraduate course for graduate credit

Summer After Senior Year (three–six hours)

  • Anth 6995, Research

Fall (nine hours)

  • A Proseminar not taken in Senior Year (Anth 6101 biological anthropology, Anth 6104 linguistics, Anth 6102 sociocultural, Anth 6103 Archaeology)
  • Placing-out exams two other proseminars (of your choosing)
  • Two electives (could include thesis research or internship)

Spring (nine–12 hours)

  • Three electives (could include thesis research or internship)
  • Hand in thesis or other culminating exercise

Course Requirements

Students take 12 graduate credits as part of their undergraduate program. All requirements for both the BA in Archaeology and the MA in Anthropology must be fulfilled.

 

The bachelor of arts with a major in archaeology is an interdepartmental program offered by the Department of Anthropology in cooperation with the Department of Arts and Art History and the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.

Additional curriculum requirements:

Language requirement
Students must complete 12 credits or demonstrate equivalent skill in French, Spanish, German, Italian, Arabic, Hebrew, Latin, or Greek.
Students whose preparation allows them to waive this requirement are encouraged to begin study of a second language. Graduate study in archaeology usually requires knowledge of two or more languages besides English, and students intending advanced study should consult with an advisor early in their program.
Course requirements
Core courses
ANTH 1002Sociocultural Anthropology
ANTH 1003Archaeology
ANTH 3838Theory and Practice in Archaeology
or ANTH 3838W Theory and Practice in Archaeology
Field and laboratory work
One or two courses (3 or 6 credits) from the following:
ANTH 3832Paleoanthropological Field Program
ANTH 3833Field Research: New World
ANTH 3834Field Research: Old World
ANTH 3835Historical Archaeology Field Program
ANTH 3839Lab Research Methods in Archaeology
ANTH 3995Undergraduate Research (With the advisor's approval.) *
ANTH 6806Technology (Qualified juniors and seniors with departmental approval.)
Anthropological archaeology
Four or five courses (12 or 15 credits) selected from the following. Students must take at least one course marked by an asterisk. A course taken toward this requirement cannot also count toward the “ancient civilizations” requirement, below. Either ANTH 2821 or ANTH 2822 and either ANTH 3812 or ANTH 3814 may count toward this requirement, but not both.
ANTH 2821Myths and Mysteries in Archaeology
ANTH 2822Archaeology in Film and Television
ANTH 3801African Roots from Australopithecus to Zimbabwe
or ANTH 3801W African Roots from Australopithecus to Zimbabwe
ANTH 3802Human Cultural Beginnings
or ANTH 3802W Human Cultural Beginnings
ANTH 3803Old World Prehistory: First Farmers to First Cities
or ANTH 3803W Old World Prehistory: First Farmers to First Cities
ANTH 3805Archaeology of Israel and Neighboring Lands *
or AH 3106 Art and Archaeology of Israel and Neighboring Lands
ANTH 3806Art and Archaeology of the Aegean Bronze Age *
or AH 3104 Art and Archaeology of the Aegean Bronze Age
ANTH 3808Archaeology and the Celts *
or AH 3104 Art and Archaeology of the Aegean Bronze Age
ANTH 3811Historical Archaeology
ANTH 3812The Aztec Empire *
or AH 3116 The Aztec Empire
ANTH 3813Archaeology of North America *
ANTH 3814Ancient Mexican Civilizations *
or AH 3107 Ancient Mexican Civilizations
ANTH 3823Archaeology of Ritual and Religion
ANTH 3891Special Topics in Archaeology
Ancient civilizations
Five courses (15 credits) from the following, including at least one in each category below. Courses marked with an asterisk can count in only one category.
Art history
AH 3101Ancient Art of the Bronze Age and Greece
AH 3102Ancient Art of the Roman Empire
AH 3103Art and Archaeology of Egypt and the Near East
AH 3104Art and Archaeology of the Aegean Bronze Age
or ANTH 3806 Art and Archaeology of the Aegean Bronze Age
AH 3105Topics in Ancient Art and Archaeology *
or CLAS 3115 Topics in Ancient Art and Archaeology
AH 3106Art and Archaeology of Israel and Neighboring Lands *
or ANTH 3805 Archaeology of Israel and Neighboring Lands
AH 3107Ancient Mexican Civilizations
AH 3117Special Topics in Precolumbian Art and Archaeology *
or ANTH 3891 Special Topics in Archaeology
Classics
CLAS 2105Special Topics
CLAS 2106Mythology of the Classical World
CLAS 2107Greek and Roman Drama
CLAS 3114Topics in Ancient Literatures and Cultures
CLAS 3115Topics in Ancient Art and Archaeology *
or AH 3105 Topics in Ancient Art and Archaeology
History
HIST 2112History of Ancient Greece
or CLAS 2112 History of Ancient Greece
HIST 2113The Roman World to 337 A.D.
or CLAS 2113 The Roman World to 337 A.D.
HIST 2803The Ancient Near East and Egypt to 322 B.C.
or CLAS 2803 The Ancient Near East and Egypt to 322 B.C.
HIST 2804History of Ancient Israel
or CLAS 2804 History of Ancient Israel
HIST 3111Topics in Ancient History
Archaeology of ancient civilizations
ANTH 2821Myths and Mysteries in Archaeology
ANTH 3804Origins of the State and Urban Society
ANTH 3805Archaeology of Israel and Neighboring Lands *
or AH 3106 Art and Archaeology of Israel and Neighboring Lands
ANTH 3806Art and Archaeology of the Aegean Bronze Age *
or AH 3104 Art and Archaeology of the Aegean Bronze Age
ANTH 3808Archaeology and the Celts *
or AH 3116 The Aztec Empire
ANTH 3812The Aztec Empire *
ANTH 3813Archaeology of North America *
ANTH 3814Ancient Mexican Civilizations *
or AH 3107 Ancient Mexican Civilizations
ANTH 3891Special Topics in Archaeology *
or AH 3117 Special Topics in Precolumbian Art and Archaeology
No course may count toward more than one requirement for the major.