Archaeology

Students learn about ancient peoples and civilizations and conduct field work in remote locales as well as in the D.C. area. Part of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the program combines anthropology, art history, classics and history. It offers one of the few bachelor's degrees in the discipline nationwide.

Related Majors, Minors, and Concentrations

Many of our students select a double major or minor in anthropology, classical studies, history or biological anthropology.

What can I expect to learn in the Archaeology program at GW?

Archaeology majors study a variety of subjects within the field, including sociocultural anthropology, human cultural beginnings and the archaeology of Africa, the classical Mediterranean, the Middle East and Mesoamerica. Students are exposed to the latest field and laboratory techniques. They are trained to construct arguments and to use material culture and data from excavations and surveys to support or refute interpretations.

What is the Archaeology learning community like at GW?

In addition to a vibrant student and professional community, including a club just for archaeology and classics majors, GW students have access to incredible resources within the D.C. area. These range from the Smithsonian to Dumbarton Oaks, a leading research center for Mesoamerican, Andean and Byzantine studies.

What can I do in the Archaeology field?

Our degree opens the door to careers in archaeology, education, publishing, international development and world heritage conservation, cultural heritage management, museums, cultural heritage law, library sciences and forensic sciences.

Working in the Field

GW students can take part in summer excavations in Africa, Israel, Jordan and Mexico, or receive credit for participating in excavations at field schools run by other universities.

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