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Course Catalog 2014-2015 
Course Catalog 2014-2015 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Archaeological Studies

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Susan Kane, Professor of Art

Archeology is the study of the past through material remains. Archeological Studies at Oberlin is based on a program of interdepartmental offerings that covers a range of cultures-from prehistoric to early historic-in both the Old and New Worlds. This program of study also introduces students to the analytic tools that facilitate archeological research.

The Archeological Studies major is an interdisciplinary major administered by the Curricular Committee on Archeology. The major is interdisciplinary in two respects. First, it requires students, regardless of their specific interests, to become acquainted with a range of different archeological research perspectives among those represented in the College curriculum. Second, it permits students to explore the interrelations between archeology and science in a manner that is consistent with current trends in both study and research.

Majors will design their own curriculum in close consultation with their advisor according to the specific area of concentration within the discipline.

The core curriculum will consist of a selection of courses drawn from the regular offerings in Anthropology, Art, Classics, and Religion, and supplemented by appropriate courses in related disciplines such as Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Studies, Geology, Mathematics, and Physics.









An Archaeological Studies major consists of at least 10 full academic courses to be distributed as follows:

1. Introduction to Archaeology (Anthropology 103) is required of all majors

2. In addition, at least 4 full academic courses from the following departments: Anthropology, Art, Classics, Religion. There should be at least 2 courses in 2 of these departments. These courses may include: Anthropology (relevant courses), Art (ancient art courses in the 200 - 400 ranges); Classics (103, 104, and courses with a material culture emphasis in the 200 range); and Religion (courses with a material culture emphasis). Among these, students must take at least one seminar.

3. Three full academic courses in natural science, mathematics. Geology 120 and a course in statistics are strongly recommended and to be taken as early in the major as possible. Majors may also find GEOL 235 Applied GIS useful (this course has a prerequisite of GEOL 120). Other courses should be selected in close consultation with the major advisor and may include relevant courses in: Biology; Chemistry; Computer Science; Environmental Studies (courses that have the NS designation); Geology; Mathematics; and Physics.

4. One full academic course or equivalent of field or laboratory experience (Archaeological Studies 200 or equivalent). This experience can be gained through internships or participation in an archeological field school.

5. Senior Project: All majors are required to undertake a research project during one semester of their senior year. Senior projects may be pursued either within the context of existing seminars or as independent study courses. In either case, students must enroll in Archeological Studies 300 in consultation with the project advisor. An invitation from the Curricular Committee on Archaeology to participate in the Honors Program would replace the senior project requirement.

Please consult individual departmental listings for full course descriptions and availability in a given semester and year. Not all of these courses are offered every year. 
Students who wish to apply courses from departments not on this list to the major may petition the Curricular Committee on Archeology for approval to substitute.

In addition, students may choose to concentrate in Classical Archaeology, in which case Latin or Greek 202 (or the equivalent) and Classics 103-History of Greece and Classics 104-History of Rome are required. This concentration will be registered on the student’s transcript.

Those students planning to study Archaeology at the graduate level should plan to have a reading knowledge of appropriate foreign languages and a familiarity with all relevant computer applications. It is recommended that Statistics be taken as early in the major as possible. 


Participation in the Honors program is by invitation of the Curricular Committee on Archeology.

Winter Term

Winter Term projects, mini-courses, colloquia, and lectures are sponsored by the Curricular Committee. As in the College Individual Major Program, students may take reading courses as a means of integrating their interests.

For further information about the archeological studies major, students should contact Susan Kane (Art Department).


There is no minor offered in Archeological Studies.

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