The Archaeology major is structured as a progression of 12 courses:

  • Three Foundational courses (108, 206, 208) that cover archaeological theory and key laboratory and field methods.
  • Two Core courses (240, 290) on cultural resource management, focusing on heritage studies, domestic laws, and international conventions.
  • Six  Major electives selected from the departments of Anthropology, History, Greek and Latin, Art, Politics, Library and Information Science, and others. Two of these must be about the same topic, geographical area, or time period.
  • Senior Capstone seminar, in which students workshop a project based on independent work with a professor or off-campus internship, ultimately producing a major paper, or University Research Day poster or presentation.

The foundational courses provide our majors with a sense of the scope of anthropological and archaeological inquiry. Core courses offer a more advanced focus on method and theory. The electives can be tailored to each student’s interests. In addition to these required and elective courses, we encourage our majors to study abroad and pursue internships in relevant fields. 

The following courses fulfill CUA’s Natural Sciences distribution requirements:
ANTH 105, ANTH 108, ANTH 204, ANTH 206, ANTH 354; ANTH 351 (a pre-approved Field School at Catholic University or elsewhere can substitute for ANTH 201). 

The following courses fulfill CUA’s Social  Sciences distribution requirements:
ANTH 101, ANTH 110, ANTH 200, ANTH 201, ANTH 202, ANTH 214, ANTH 215 ANTH 217, ANTH 230, ANTH 240, ANTH 254, ANTH 260, ANTH 290, ANTH 311, ANTH 322, ANTH 324, ANTH 341, ANTH 334, ANTH 355, ANTH 371

For Archaeology majors in the University Honors Program, HSSS courses satisfy Social Science distribution requirements.

Archaeology majors may also add interdisciplinary minors offered by the School of Arts & Sciences. 

For additional information, please contact Dr. Joshua Samuels, Chair of the Anthropology Department (


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