Calvin's archaeology program will teach you to recover and analyze the material remains of past cultures--artifacts, inscriptions, buildings, and ornaments--in the context of their ancient landscapes.


Discover the richness of human history by digging into the past.

  • tailor your program with your advisor to match your interests and vocational goals
  • participate in field work at local and international archaeological sites
  • deepen your understanding by taking classes that span the disciplines

Careers in Archaeology

  • Field archaeologist
  • Teacher/professor of archaeology
  • Museum curator or administrator
  • Cultural resource management
  • Conservator
  • More

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Student involvement

Choose an archaeology-based interim class; assist a professor with archaeological research;gain experience in a museum internship; travel to the ruins at Umm el-Jimal, Jordan to do field work in archaeology.

Course Requirements 2013-14

Archeology Group minor

(Minimum 18 semester hours; 6 courses)

  • Two required courses in archaeology:
  • One course with archaeological content, including interims, chosen from:
    • Museum Studies
      • ART-393 Course description not found
      • HIST-393 Museum Studies
    • Approved interim
  • One course in archaeological skills chosen from:
  • One course in cultural, historical, or linguistic contexts chosen from:

Two courses in an ancient language, Greek, Latin, and others as available

One additional course chosen from any of the above three categories.

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Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2014-15 academic year.

Sally and Bert deVries Archeology Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,600
  • any class level
  • financial need required; planning on an archeology minor with preference given to field experiences in the Middle East
  • apply through the history department
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Bert de Vries

Bert de Vries
Professor, Archaeology program director
Department of History
HH 492
(616) 526-6273

Henry Luttikhuizen

Henry Luttikhuizen
Professor of Art History
Department of Art and Art History
SC 105B
(616) 526-6327

Todd Vanden Berg

Todd Vanden Berg
Professor, on leave spring 2013
department chair
Department of Sociology
SC 227
(616) 526-6705

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Bert de Vries Bert de Vries
Program Director
Department of History
HH 492
(616) 526-6273


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