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Archaeology is the study of human activity through the recovery and analysis of material culture. The Minor at Earlham is a cross-divisional venture between Sociology/Anthropology, and archaeologists in the Geology and Ancient & Classical Studies departments, and the Joseph Moore Museum, with additional contributions from the Art and Philosophy departments as well as the Library Archives.

The Minor in Archaeology will provide students adequate background to pursue graduate study or entry-level jobs in Archaeology when combined with a major in Sociology/Anthropology or Geology.


Cynthia Fadem
Associate Professor of Geology; 3-2 Engineering Program Liaison

Ann-Eliza Lewis
Joseph Moore Museum Collections Manager

Susan Wise
Professor of Ancient and Classical Studies
Plan of Study

The Minor

To fulfill the requirements of the Archaelogy minor, a student must complete 17-22 hours as follows:

Required courses

  • GEOL/SOAN 114 Archaeology (3 credits)
  • SOAN 115 Anthropology in a Global Age (4 credits)
  • GEOL 201 Earth & the Environment (4 credits)
  • A field school (strongly recommended), research experience, or internship approved by the program convener (0-4 credits)

One of the following cultural studies courses

  • ANCS 241 Ancient Mediterranean History (3 credits)
  • ANCS 282 That Belongs in a Museum (3 credits)
  • ANCS 315 Pompeii (3 credits)
  • ANCS 350 Words and Works of Ancient Rome (3 credits)
  • ANCS 351 Words and Works of Ancient Greece (3 credits)
  • ART 115 Context & Meaning (3 credits)
  • SOAN 327 Indigenous Peoples and Environmental Justice (3 credits)
  • Other cultural studies and materials analysis courses may fulfill this requirement with the approval of the program convener.

One of the following social science theory courses

  • PHIL 370 Philosophy of Social Science (3 credits)
  • SOAN 216 Foundations in Social Thought (4 credits)
  • SOAN 341 Contemporary Social Thought (4 credits)
  • Other social and cultural theory courses may fulfill this requirement with the approval of the program convener.