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Degree Programs - Archaeology Minor

The minor in Archaeology introduces students to a variety of approaches and theoretical frameworks used to reconstruct ancient human behaviors and culture. It also emphasizes the importance of the historical, geographic, and environmental context of the development of humankind. As an interdisciplinary field that provides a broad view of the past, the minor will complement several major degree programs, including Art, Biology, Earth Sciences, Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Engineering, International Affairs/Anthropology, History, and Zoology. The curriculum draws on departmental strengths in anthropological and environmental archaeology and offers foundational courses in archaeology, regional specializations throughout the globe, and topics of special interest.

Overview of Minor Requirements:

  • Minimum number of credits required to earn minor: 18
  • Minimum cumulative GPA required to earn the minor: 2.0
  • Minimum grade requirement for courses to count toward minor: C-
  • Minimum of 9 credit hours must be at the 200-level or above
  • Residency requirement: A minimum of 9 credit hours that include ANT 317 must be completed at the University of Maine

Courses for credit toward the Minor:

Required Core:

ANT 101  Introduction to Anthropology: Human Origins and Prehistory
ANT 102  Introduction to Anthropology: Diversity of Cultures
ANT 317  Fundamentals of Archaeology

Plus 3 elective courses

Recommended electives:
(or additional courses with prior approval from the department chair)

ANT 140  Cities of the Ancient World
ANT 170  Popular Archaeology
ANT 207  Introduction to World Archaeology
ANT 210  Physical Anthropology
ANT 260  Forensic Anthropology
ANT 280  Northwest Coast Prehistory
ANT 340  Arctic and Subarctic Archaeology
ANT 372  North American Prehistory
ANT 414  Ethics in Archaeology
ANT 420  Human Impacts on Ancient Environments
ANT 421  Inca Society and Peasants of the Andes
ANT 475  Environmental Archaeology
ANT 476  Ancient Maya
ANT 477  Field Research in Archaeology
ANT 478  Zooarchaeology
ANT 479  Laboratory Techniques in Prehistoric Archaeology
ANT 480  South American Prehistory


Anthropology majors: because of significant course overlap, Anthropology majors may not earn a minor in Archaeology.

International Affairs/Anthropology majors: because there is limited curricular overlap—ANT102 (required) and ANT421 (elective)—International Affairs majors with a concentration in Anthropology are free to earn a minor in Archaeology. However, IA/ANT majors may use ANT421 to fulfill an elective for their major or the Archaeology minor, but not both.

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