Archaeology

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Degree Overview

Join a small, faith-infused program that prioritizes hands-on learning. You might do research at the internationally -known Umm el-Jimal Project in Jordan , or learn in Calvin's cutting-edge archaeology lab.

At Calvin, you'll discover an ethical perspective on archaeology and history that looks beyond dates and artifacts. You might engage with refugees living near archaeological sites, or see how ancient water systems can provide clean water to threatened communities.

A minor in archaeology gives you valuable skills in history, art, geology, and many other disciplines. It complements and deepens almost any other field of study—from engineering to music.

Program Distinctives

 
Hands-on learning - You'll find plenty of opportunities to get your hands dirty, from trips to the 2000-year-old Umm el-Jimal site in Jordan to campus lab work and research.
 
Versatile degree - The archaeology minor program is extremely flexible—you'll tailor your program to match your interests and vocational goals.
 
Pairs with other degrees - The experience and critical-thinking skills you'll nurture in the archaeology program are a great match for nearly any other major. From history to geology to social work, an archaeology degree brings added depth to many other fields.

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Degree Information

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  • Overview

    The flexible archaeology minor program enables you to tailor your program with your advisor to match your interests and vocational goals. The minor may be taken in conjunction with any major. It is designed to serve both those students who wish to study archaeology out of extra-vocational interest and those who wish to be qualified for graduate programs in archaeology.

    For the minor you may select a coherent set of four elective courses with the help and approval of an advisor in the minor program. This selection should be appropriate to your major and in keeping with your chosen interests, specialized skills, and plans for further study. Such a program design could stress specialized interests such as material analysis or computer graphics among others and choices from various fields in old world, new world, or marine archaeology for which field schools are available.

    There are no modern language requirements for the archaeology minor, but you should consider where you plan to practice archaeology in your choice of college core language requirements. For old world archaeology the best modern language choices besides English are French or German, while Spanish is useful for much of new world archaeology.

    Museum studies

    The minor incorporates museum studies, including a museum internship taken by most minors. In the near future we expect to expand the museum side of our offerings.

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  • Advising

    The group minor in archaeology is administered by an inter-departmental archaeology minor committee. The members of the committee are D. Rohl (History), Program Coordinator, R. Stearley (Geology), K. Pomykala (Religion), H. Luttikhuizen (Art), and T. VandenBerg (Sociology).

    Interested students should consult the Program Coordinator or a member of the archaeology minor committee for admission to and planning of the archaeology minor.

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Darrell Rohl

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