4 Minors Offered

Minor in Archaeology

Program Director: Hylke de Jong, Ph.D.
This minor is designed for students interested in the multi-disciplinary study of archaeology and includes courses drawn from the Departments of Anthropology, Art History, Classics, Geography, History, Jewish Studies, and Statistics.  All courses applied to this minor must be completed with a grade of C or better.

Total number of required credits: 19 credits. 

INTRODUCTORY COURSE:

1 course required (4 credits)

  • 01:070:105 Introduction to Archaeology (4)

ELECTIVES:

Four elective courses from at least two departments, with at least one course from each of the three areas listed below -  Chronology, Geographic Area, and Methodology (total 12 credits)

CHRONOLOGY COURSES:

At least one course required. Courses in the chronology group emphasize a particular chronological range and students will be able to make diachronic comparisons within this range (3 credits each).

  • 01:070:112 World Prehistory
  • 01:082:105 Introduction to Western Art History, Pre-History to 1400
  • 01:190:215 Introduction to Greek and Roman Archaeology
  • 01:090:295:H6 Historical Archaeology of Slavery - spring 2020 (see Undergraduate Director to have this added in your degree navigator requirements)
  • 01:070:313 Historical Archaeology
  • 01:070:326 Life in the Pleistocene
  • 01:070:327 Life in the Holocene
  • 01:070:333 Colonial Archaeology

GEOGRAPHIC AREA COURSES:

At least one course required.  Courses in the geographic area group emphasize the archaeology of a particular geographic area. Students will be afforded the opportunity to develop some proficiency with a particular geographic area (3 credits each).

  • 01:070:206 Survey of New World Prehistory
  • 01:070:207 Prehistoric Archaeology of Europe
  • 01:070:209 The Prehistory of Iberia
  • 01:070:330 Archaeology of Australia
  • 01:070:332 North American Archaeology
  • 01:070:339 Caribbean Archaeology
  • 01:070:426 South African Archaeology
  • 01:082:321 Art of Early China
  • 01:082:333 Pre-Columbian Art
  • 01:082:362 Native Arts of North America
  • 01:082:388 The City of Rome
  • 01:190:372 Cities of the Classical World
  • 190:373 Pompeii: The Life and Death of a Roman Town
  • 01:506:271 Jewish History: Ancient and Medieval
  • 01:190:205 Greek Civilization

METHODOLOGY COURSES:

At least one course required.  These courses emphasize sets of methods or practices in archaeology defined very broadly (3 credits each).

  • 01:070:314 Prehistoric Funerary Archaeology
  • 01:070:352 Practicum in Geoarchaeology
  • 01:070:391 Lithic Analysis in Archaeology
  • 01:070:392 Faunal Analysis in Archaeology
  • 01:070:335 Analysis of Archaeological Data
  • 01:070:395 Quantification of Archaeological Data
  • 01:070:393 Cultural Resource Management
  • 01:082:430 Foundations in Cultural Heritage and Preservation
  • 01:082:440 Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies: Museums, Collecting, and Preservation
  • 01:070:394 Geological Context in Paleoanthropology
  • 01:450:321 Geographic Information Systems
  • 01:450:322 Remote Sensing
  • 01:960:401 Basic Statistics for Research or one of the following: 01:960:201, 01:960:211, 01:960:285

PRACTICUM:

3 credits required.  The practicum requirement can be fulfilled by completing one of a variety of options involving research and professional experience, either in the field, in the laboratory, or in another professional setting.

Option 1 - Complete 01:070:334 by attending either of the Rutgers archaeological field schools: The Turkana Basin Field School or the Archaeological Field School in Italy (Vacone).

Option 2 - Complete at least 3 credits in a non-Rutgers field school approved by the minor director. An example of such a field school that has been frequently used by Rutgers students is the Slavia Field School in Mortuary Archaeology, Drawsko, Poland.

Option 3 - Complete a professional internship relevant to archaeology whether in the field, in the lab, or in another professional setting. The internship will require the approval of the minor director. The course of record may be 01:070:386 or any Rutgers internship course with the specific internship approved by the minor director.

Option 4 - Complete an advanced level course. With pre-approval from the program director, students unable to fulfill the practicum requirements via options 1, 2, or 3, may enroll in an advanced undergraduate or a graduate level course with significant hands-on experiences.

To obtain credit for the minor by attending field school or completing options 2, 3, or 4 above, see the Archaeology Minor Program Director. Students are advised to consult the Anthropology department web page for suggested course combinations for specializations in Human Origins, Prehistoric Archaeology, Zooarchaeology, or Heritage and Recent Archaeology.