Apr 14, 2021  
Course Catalog 2020-2021 
    
Course Catalog 2020-2021

Archaeological Studies


Amy Margaris, Associate Professor, Anthropology, Chair
Cynthia Chapman, Professor, Religion
Karla Hubbard, Professor, Geology
Michael Moore, Associate Professor, Biology
Amanda Schmidt, Associate Professor, Geology
Drew Wilburn, Irvin E. Houck Associate Professor in the Humanities


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Archaeology is the study of past societies through their material remains. The methodological scope of the discipline is broad, encompassing Anthropology, the humanities and science. At Oberlin College, Archaeological Studies is 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 introduces students to the analytic tools and ethical considerations that guide today’s archaeological research.

The Curricular Committee on Archaeology oversees the major in Archaeological Studies.  The major has three primary goals. First, it requires students, regardless of their specific interests, to become acquainted with a range of different archaeological research perspectives and cultural areas among those represented in the College curriculum. Second, it permits students to explore the interrelations between archaeology and the historical, humanistic, and scientific modes of inquiry consistent with current trends in both study and research. Finally, the major requires students to apply the knowledge they have gained through an independent reseach project. Majors design their own curriculum in close consultation with their advisor according to the specific area of concentration within the discipline.

The core curriculum consists 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, Physics, and Statistics.

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