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Archaeology Sub-Major

The Archaeology sub-major addresses strong undergraduate interest in Anthropological Archaeology (previously offered only as a minor), and is intended for students with career interests in archaeology, museum studies, and related fields.

Students will explore the human past—including the origins and evolution of culture, inequality, domestication, agriculture, urban life, colonialism and decolonialism—and link this past to the world that we inhabit today. Students will gain skills in archaeological methods such as survey, excavation, and laboratory analysis of material culture to develop a better understanding of how people organized their societies in the past, as well as how such organizations have changed through time. With an emphasis on comparative studies, students will learn from faculty whose field and research interests span Africa, Asia, Europe, the Near East, and the Americas.


None, though ANTHRCUL 101 is recommended.


Students in the Archaeology sub-major must complete 16-17 credits from the courses listed below as part of their anthropology major elective credits for a minimum of 32 credits total.


The Archaeology sub-major is only available to declared Anthropology majors and is not a major or minor. The sub-major will be notated on the student's official transcript.

A maximum of 6 credits of independent research can be counted toward the major.


At least 20 credits must be completed in residence at the University of Michigan.

Distribution Policy

No course used to fulfill a major requirement may be used toward the LSA Distribution Requirement. In addition, courses in the ANTHRARC, ANTHRBIO, and ANTHRCUL subject areas may not be used toward the Distribution Requirement.


Students may elect only one of the optional sub-majors.