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Archaeology at Calvin

The interdisciplinary archaeology minor may be taken with any major and is designed to give you enough familiarity, theory, and practice of archaeology around the world to either qualify you for specialized graduate school programs or to be ready for a life of amateur enjoyment of the field.


The flexible archaeology minor program enables you to tailor your program with your advisor to match your interests and vocational goals. The minor requires two interdisciplinary courses, one geology course, and three electives including one archaeology-related interim course.

Field work

The archaeology program offers a number of opportunities for you to get your hands dirty, from interim trips to international archaeological sites to on-campus lab work and research. These opportunities are available in a variety of areas through the archaeology minor committee.


The Sally and Bert de Vries scholarship is awarded to help cover the costs of the required interim field work course.

Careers in archaeology

Archaeology is a vast international, multidimensional, and multidisciplinary field with careers ranging from museum work to field excavations to video production to forensics. Find out what our alumni are doing now:

Archaeology Interim to Jordan 2015

IDIS 340/HIST 380 Interim to Jordan - "Preservation and Excavation at Umm el-Jimal" will take place May 25 - June 24, 2015. This course satisfies the field work requirement for the archaeology minor, as well as CCE core and general interim credits. For more information, contact Professor Bert de Vries.

Deadline for scholarship applications

Applications for the Sally and Bert de Vries Archaeology Scholarship are due in the fall. This year's scholarship can be used toward the Interim in Jordan in May 2015. The deadline for the 2015 Archaeology scholarship was October 31, 2014.


Find the latest information on Umm el-Jimal and other projects on the News page.