The interdisciplinary archaeology minor offers opportunities for students to combine coursework with hands-on experience in the lab and field. Archaeology is a compelling and rewarding discipline that draws on concepts from across a range of academic fields, incorporating both the sciences and the humanities into a comprehensive study of past cultures. Students obtain a geographical and temporal understanding of material culture, and they will come into contact with archaeological sites and all the political, historical and media ramifications of such work.
Faculty work on projects in Athens, Greece, at Pompeii and Herculaneum in Italy, and at Liberty Hall and other sites here on campus and around Virginia. Students participate and conduct research in faculty-led projects during Spring Term and every summer, as well as join ongoing projects in various locations.
Students who minor in archaeology pick up knowledge that is transferable to graduate programs and many professions, including cultural resource management, cultural heritage and site preservation, and historical preservation.