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

See job placement rates for Calvin grads.

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.


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

Sally and Bert deVries Archeology Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,300
  • sophomore, junior, or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; archeology minor; first preference is given to field experiences in the Middle East; second preference is given to programs outside of North America; Biblical and Holy Land Studies programs are excluded
  • apply through the history department
View all scholarship opportunities


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
department chair
Department of Sociology
SC 227
(616) 526-6705

Talk to us

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


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Teach This

Interested in teaching? You can gain certification in Archaeology as a:

Calvin's teacher education program also contains education-specific course requirements that you must complete prior to certification. See course requirements for:

Professor Robert Keeley talks about the education program.

Learn More

Explore Calvin's teacher education program.

Read the teacher education guidebook for more detailed information about certification.

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