Shaping our future by understanding our past
Calvin's archaeology program will teach you to recover and analyze the material remains of past cultures—artifacts, inscriptions, buildings, and ornaments—in the context of their ancient landscapes.
Archaeology at Calvin
The interdisciplinary archaeology minor may be taken with any major and is designed to give you hands-on experience in the field and familiarity with the theory behind it. You will be qualified for specialized graduate school programs or work and study in related disciplines like biblical studies and ancient history.
The flexible archaeology minor program enables you to tailor your program with your advisor to match your interests and vocational goals. The minor requires two interdisciplinary courses, one geology course, and three electives including one archaeology-related interim course.
The archaeology program offers a number of opportunities for you to get your hands dirty, from trips to the 2000-year-old Umm el-Jimal site in Jordan to campus lab work and research. These and other opportunities are available in a variety of areas through the archaeology minor committee.
Reactivating a 2,000-year-old water system in Jordan
This June, Calvin College engineering student Sarah Cok joined the Clean Water Institute of Calvin College, the Umm el-Jimal Project, and Jordanian experts to restore an ancient water system in a Jordanian village. News & Stories, August 15, 2018
Grants fund scholarships for science and computing students
This year, Calvin's science and mathematics departments are allocating two NSF grants—each of which contains over $500,000 worth of scholarships for students. News & Stories, February 6, 2014
Archaeology and local culture at Umm el-Jimal
Bert de Vries involves the people of Umm el-Jimal in his efforts to preserve their antiquities. News & Stories, March 7, 2013
McGregor fellows listen to refugees' stories
Two students spend the summer collecting refugee stories for a future play. News & Stories, August 21, 2012
Preserving and presenting in Umm el-Jimal
History professor Bert de Vries is preserving an ancient house in Umm el-Jimal, Jordan through a grant from the U.S. State Department. News & Stories, August 5, 2011
AIA funds virtual museum of Umm el-Jimal
You used to need a passport to visit the ancient site of Umm el-Jimal in Jordan. Now, thanks to a grant from the AIA, all you need is a modem. News & Stories, September 7, 2010
Bratt Receives Teaching Award
After 30 years in the classroom, teaching is still a thrill for Calvin College classics professor Ken Bratt, the 2006 winner of the college's Presidential Award for Exemplary Teaching. News & Stories, February 20, 2006