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Minor in archaeology

The flexible archaeology minor program enables you to tailor your program with your advisor to match your interests and vocational goals. The minor may be taken in conjunction with any major. It is designed to serve both those students who wish to study archaeology out of extra-vocational interest and those who wish to be qualified for graduate programs in archaeology.

For the minor you may select a coherent set of four elective courses with the help and approval of an advisor in the minor program. This selection should be appropriate to your major and in keeping with your chosen interests, specialized skills, and plans for further study. Such a program design could stress specialized interests such as material analysis or computer graphics among others and choices from various fields in old world, new world, or marine archaeology for which field schools are available.

There are no modern language requirements for the archaeology minor, but you should consider where you plan to practice archaeology in your choice of college core language requirements. For old world archaeology the best modern language choices besides English are French or German, while Spanish is useful for much of new world archaeology.

If you are interested in majoring in archaeology, contact director Bert de Vries or one of the committee members listed under Your Advisor.


The Minor requires 18 semester hours / 6 courses:

Two courses in archaeology

IDIS 240 Introduction to Archaeology (3). It serves as a prerequisite for IDIS 340, Field Work in Archaeology.

IDIS 340 Field Work in Archaeology. (3-6). Offered in conjunction with field work done by Calvin faculty and qualified field schools of other universities.

One course with archaeological content (involving sustained work with artifacts), including interims or internships at an approved site, chosen from:

Art History 393: Museum Studies;
History 393: History Internship;
or an approved interim.

One course in archaeological skills chosen from:

Art Studio 250, 256, 300, 356;
Biology 323, 346;
Computer Science 104 or 108, 112;
Engineering 101, 106;
Environmental Studies 210, 302;
Geography 261, 200;
Geology 151, 152, 252, 317;
Sociology 153, 253

One course in cultural, historical, or linguistic contexts chosen from:

Architectural History 201;
Art History 101, 241, 243, 245, 393;
Classics 221;
Biology/Geology 313;
History 235, 238, 242, 245, 261, 338;
Religion 311, 321;
Two courses in an ancient language: Greek, Latin, and others as available

One additional course chosen from any of the above three categories


Your advisor

The minor in archaeology program is administered by the interdepartmental archaeology minor committee.

Contact the faculty member in your area of interest for more information and advice in selecting courses.

Museum studies

The minor incorporates museum studies, including a museum internship taken by most minors. In the near future we expect to expand the museum side of our offerings.