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 mendors students and guides their progress of study. Members of the steering committee span the sciences and humanities since this minor is inherently interdisciplinary. The current committee includes:  Professors Martin Knoll (Earth and Environmental Systems); Chris McDonough (Classical Languages); Arlene Miller (Art and Art History); Celeste Ray (Environmental Studies: Arts and Humanities); Sarah Sherwood (Earth and Environmental Systems), University Archaeologist and 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 requirements, 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.

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

Questions? Please contact or any of the steering committee. 

ANTH 222 Celtic Culture and Archaeology
ANTH 307 Anthropology of Europe
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 the British Isles

ARCH 213 Cultural Resource Practicum  (half credit, can be repeated once)
ARCH 214 Artifact Analysis
ARCH 332 Archaeological Resource Management and Policy
ARCH 350 Special Topics in Archaeology     
        Easter 2017- Digital Archaeology

Art and Art History
ARTH 312 Greek and Roman Art and Architecture
ARTH 316 Museum Studies
ARTH 308 Sacred Arts of China

CHEM 112 Chemistry of Art and Archaeology

Classical Languages
CLST 121 Greco-Roman Traditions in Britain
CLST 207 Roman Archaeology
CLST 208 Greek Archaeology

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

Earth and Environmental Systems
ENST 217 Fundamentals of GIS
ENST 317 Advanced GIS
FORS 303 Soils
GEOL 218 Geoarchaeology
GEOL 230 Paleoecology
GEOL 225 Sedimentology

BIOL 203 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
BIOL 206 Plant Ecology
BIOL 213 Evolutionary Biology