Archaeology Major

You’ll learn to appreciate how this discipline balances scientific investigation with culture-based understanding of past societies as you study the material remains and environmental settings of early civilizations.

Career potential

Katie with stone projectile point near the Old Harbor, AK archaeological site

  • Teaching (elementary and secondary)
  • State and federal advisory positions such as the Environmental Protection Agency
  • Cultural resource/land management/ environmental agencies
  • National and state park service
  • Public archaeology facilities

What will I learn?

  • Starting in 2024-25, students will enjoy a new archaeology curriculum
  • The study of prehistoric and historic societies in worldwide contexts
  • How to apply scientific and laboratory-based methods in your research

Concentration options

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* Starting in 2024-25, the archaeology program will no longer include concentrations. 

Special features

Steph excavates an ancient hearth (ca. 3400 BCE) at Çadır Höyük, in Türkiye.

  • Small classes led by eager faculty
  • Individualized attention
  • Careers as educators, museum curators, laboratory consultants and many other fields
  • Rozanne Brooks Museum

Get involved

Ronde analyzes material from a midden in the Archaeology LabCollege is more than a classroom. Choose from a variety of different electives that will make your degree more individualized.

Student clubs

  • Sociology/Anthropology Club

Honor societies

Next Steps

Contact us

Office: Moffett Center, Room 0119
Phone: 607-753-2726
Fax: 607-753-5973

Fast facts

The archaeology lab is home to many human skeletons, animal bones and artifacts used for teaching.

Type of degree

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Credit Hours: 120


We recognize excellence in our students with awards and scholarships.

  • Delmar C. Palm Award for Exemplary Volunteer Service
  • Anthropology Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement
  • Rozanne M. Brooks Sociology Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement
  • Criminology Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement

See all scholarship opportunities

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