Archaeology Minor

Archaeology, the study of the human past, crosses many disciplinary lines. The field of Archaeology is expanding in both the humanities and the sciences with the application of innovative instrumentation and techniques that allow interdisciplinary teams to address new questions spanning human physical and cultural evolution, subsistence technology and foodways, ancient migration, and prehistoric ritual. With the economic significance of heritage tourism and the expansion of environmental legislation that relates to bio-cultural resources (both in the US and abroad), career opportunities for our students in the field of archaeology are growing. 


The minor is overseen by a faculty steering committee and does not reside in any one department. This group mentors students and guides their progress of study. Members of the steering  committee span the sciences and humanities, inasmuch as this minor is inherently interdisciplinary. The current committee includes:  Jacqueline DiBiasie Sammons, Classical Languages; Martin Knoll, Forestry and Geology; Chris McDonough, Classical Languages; Celeste Ray, Anthropology; Sarah C. Sherwood, Earth and Environmental Systems, Steering Committee Chair

The minor in Archaeology requires students to complete five courses: at least one of two introductory core courses, and four electives. The courses used to satisfy these requirements must come  from at least two departments. Students are strongly recommended to take an archaeological field school. This may be through the University of the South or elsewhere but must be approved by the steering committee to count towards the minor. We strongly suggest discussion of field school options with a member of the steering committee before applying. No more than one independent study can be used to count towards the minor. One course taken abroad may qualify for the minor requirement, but approval must be obtained from the committee, ideally before taking the course.

No more than two courses (eight semester hours) used to satisfy requirements for a minor or certificate of curricular study may be used to fulfill requirements for a major or another minor or certificate of curricular study.

Course Requirements (see course descriptions and prerequisites by dept)

One of the Introductory Core courses from the following two: (the other can count towards a minor elective if you chose)

ANTH 106 Introduction to Physical Anthropology and Archaeology
ANTH 109 World Prehistory

Elective List by Department

4 elective courses from the following list: At least two different departments must be represented among the 4 electives.

Note: If you are an Anthropology Major, only one of these courses can be used to both count towards the Archaeology minor and the Anthropology major.


ANTH 222 Celtic Culture and Archaeology
ANTH 307 Archaeology of Southeastern United States
ANTH 313 Method and Theory in Archaeology (also ENST 313)
ANTH 316 Archaeology of the Cumberland Plateau
ANTH 318 North American Archaeology
ANTH 350 Environmental Archaeology
ANTH 357 Field School in Archaeology (also Environmental Studies)
ANTH 387 Archaeology of Ireland

Art and Art History

ARTH 312 Greek and Roman Art and Architecture


CHEM 112 Chemistry of Art and Archaeology

Classical Languages

CLST 110 Myth and Monuments
CLST 207 Roman Archaeology
CLST 208 Greek Archaeology
CLST 220 Archaeology of Pompeii and Herculaneum
CLST 160 Greek and Roman Private Life

Earth and Environmental Systems

ENST 213 Cultural Resource Practicum (half credit, can be repeated once)
ENST 214 Artifact Analysis
ENST 303 A Global Perspective on Plant and Animal Domestication (Spr 2016 only)
ENST 317 Advanced Applications of GIS
ENST 332 Archaeological Heritage Management and Policy


HIST 301 - Ancient Greece
HIST 302 - Ancient Rome
HIST 304 - Medieval Europe
HIST 335 - Monsters, Marvels, and Museums

Can include one of the following (appropriate specialty areas within Archaeological Science)


BIOL 203 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
BIOL 206 Plant Ecology
BIOL 213 Evolutionary Biology
Earth and Environmental Systems
GEOL 230 Paleoecology
GEOL 222 Historical Geology
GEOL 225 Sedimentology
FORS 303 Soils

Questions? Please contact or any of the steering committee.