Archaeology Minor

Minimum number of credits required to earn minor: 18

GPA requirements to earn minor: Students graduating with a minor in a CLAS field must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better in those courses credited toward completion of the minor.

Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward minor: Students minoring in Archaeology must pass ANT101, ANT102, and ANT317 with at least a C- grade.

Other requirements: A minimum of 9 credit hours that include ANT 317 must be completed at the University of Maine. A minimum of 9 credit hours must be at the 200-level or above.


  • Any combination of minors in Anthropology, Archaeology, or Human Dimensions of Climate Change is not permissible.
  • Geography minors can minor in Anthropology, Archaeology, or Human Dimensions of Climate Change, but no more than one course may be double counted.
  • Archaeology minors cannot major in Anthropology.

Contact Information: Samuel Hanes, Chair of Anthropology, 5773 South Stevens Hall, Room 228C, (207) 581-1885,

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.

Course requirements:
Required core courses (9cr)
ANT101-Human Origins and Prehistory (3cr)
ANT102-Diversity of Cultures (3cr)
ANT317-Fundamentals of Archaeology (3cr)

Elective coursework from the following list (9cr)
ANT140-Cities of the Ancient World (3cr)
ANT170-Popular Archaeology (3cr)
ANT207-Introduction to World Archaeology (3cr)
ANT210-Biological Anthropology (3cr)
ANT240-Hollywood Archaeology (3cr)
ANT260-Forensic Anthropology (3cr)
ANT350-Mediterranean: Ancient Landscapes, Modern World (3cr)
ANT372-North American Prehistory (3cr)
ANT476-The Ancient Maya (3cr)
ANT477-Field Research in Archaeology (3cr)
ANT478-Zooarchaeology (3cr)
ANT479-Laboratory Techniques in Prehistoric Archaeology (3cr)
ANT480-Andean Prehistory (3cr)
ANT494-Method and Theory in Archaeology (3cr)