Mercyhurst Archaeological Institute

Undergraduate Studies

The Department of Anthropology/Archaeology offers courses leading to Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in Anthropology/Archaeology. Students seeking a B.A. in Anthropology/Archaeology are required to take a total of 16 courses (46 credits) from departmental offerings, 2 co-requisite math and lab-science courses (6 credits), and successfully complete the advanced level of a foreign language of their choice. Classes taken within the department will include a sequence of 12 required courses (34 credits) plus 4 additional elective courses (12 credits) from one of two areas of concentration, and electives.

Students seeking a B.S. in Anthropology/Archaeology are required to take a total of 19 courses (55 credits) from departmental offerings, 5 co-requisite math and lab-science courses (15 credits), and successfully complete the advanced level of a foreign language of their choice. Classes taken from the department will include a sequence of 12 required courses (34 credits) plus 7 additional courses (21 credits) selected from one of two areas of concentration (i.e., archaeology or bioarchaeology) and electives. Of these 7 additional courses, 3 must be lab-sciences.

Anthropology/Archaeology majors must maintain an overall 2.75 GPA and a 3.0 average in Anthropology/co-requisite courses. Students will be evaluated in the summer following their sophomore year.

Required Courses

Anth 112 World Cultures 3 credits
Anth 120/121 Physical Anthropology/Lab 4 credits
Anth 130/131 Archaeology/Lab 4 credits
Anth 270 Paleoanthropology I 3 credits
Anth 272 Paleoanthropology II 3 credits
Anth 224/225 Archaeological Field Methods/Lab 4 credits
Anth 236/237 Analytical Lab Methods in Prehistoric Archaeology/Lab or
Anth 238/239 Analytical Lab Methods in Historic Archaeology/Lab 4 credits
Anth 336 History of Anthropological Theory 3 credits
Anth 390 Research Design 2 credits
Anth 490 Senior Thesis 3 credits
Anth 226 Summer Field Training Program 3 or 6 credits

B.A. Co-Requisite Courses

Math 139 Statistics for the Sciences 3 credits
Geol 100/102 Physical Geology/Lab (required if pursuing Archaeology and Geoarchaeology Concentration), or
Geol 110/111 Historical Geology/Lab 4 credits
Foreign Language 9-12 credits

B.S. Co-Requisite Courses

Frsc 310 Statistics for Forensic Science and Anthropology 3 credits
Bio 120/121 Human Biology/Lab 4 credits
Chem121/122 General Chemistry I/Lab 4 credits
Geol 100/102 Physical Geology/Lab (required if pursuing Archaeology and Geoarchaeology Concentration), or
Geol 110/111 Historical Geology/Lab 4 credits
Foreign Language 9-12 credits

Concentrations

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