Archaeology Major Degree Requirements

Archaeology deepens our understanding of peoples and societies across space and time, in all parts of the world, while expanding our knowledge of issures relevant in contemporary society. Archaeologists interpret material culture and action in our shared human past using a range of tools and approaches. Archaeology majors stregthen their skills in critical thinking, assessing evidence, and formulating clear and persuasive arguments, both oral and written. Students from a wide range of disciplines will gain perspective on their own intellectual and professional interests through the study of the past.


In addition to the generlal education requirements, the following courses are required:

Lower Division Requirements (8 Units)

One course from the following list (4 Units):

  • ANTH 200Lg The Origins of Humanity

  • ANTH 202 Introduction to Archaeology

  • CLAS 212L Archaeology: Interpreting the Past

  • AHIS 201 Digging into the Past: Material Culture and the Civilization of the Ancient Mediterranean

  • LING 295g The Ancient Near East: Culture, Archaeology, Texts

One course from the following area specializations (4 Units):

  • AHIS 120g Foundations of Western Art

  • AHIS 125g Arts of Asia: Antiquitiy to 1300

  • AHIS 126g Introduction to Asian Art: 1300 to present

  • AHIS 127g Arts and Civilizations of Ancient Middle and South America

  • AHIS 128g Arts of Latin America

  • CHEM 105bL* Chemistry

  • CLAS 150g The Greeks and the West

  • CLAS 151g Civilization of Rome

  • ENST 100 Introduction to Environmental Studies

  • HIST 101g The Ancient World

  • MASC 110L Materials Science

  • REL 111g World of the Hebrew Bible

  • REL 112g Religions of Ancinet Egypt and the Near East

  • REL 121g The World of the New Testament

  • REL 135g Religions of China

  • REL 137g Introduction to Islam

  • SSCI 265 The Water Planet

    *Prerequisite CHEM 105a

Upper Division Requirements (32 Units)

Two courses from Theory and Methods (8 Units):

  • REL 494 Lab Methods and Theories in Archaeology

  • REL 495 Field Methods and Theories in Archaeology

  • AHIS 325 Roman Archaeological Excavation: Methods and Practice

  • AHIS 415 Object-Worlds: Histories and Theories of Things

  • AHIS 425 Interdisciplinary Studies in Classical Art and Archaeology: Research and Methodology

  • AHIS 427 Archaeological Theories, Methods, and Practice

Five courses from the following three lists (20 Units):


  • AHIS 321/CLAS 321 Greek ARt and Archaeology

  • AHIS 322 Roman Art and Archaeology

  • AHIS 381 Visual Culture of Asia
  • AHIS 384 Early Chinese Art

  • ANTH 310 Archaeology of the Americas

  • ANTH 311 Old World Archaeology

  • ANTH 314 The Nature of Maya Civilization

  • CLAS 323/REL 323 Aegean Archaeology

  • CLAS 324/REL 324 Late Antique Art and Archaeology

  • CLAS 328 Archaeology of Religion in the Greco Roman World

  • REL 302/HIST 301/MDES 302 Religions of Ancient Egypt & Near East

  • REL 394/HIST 304/MDES 394 Archaeology of Egypt and the Near East


  • AHIS 420 Studies in Ancient Art

  • ANTH 304 World Prehistory

  • ANTH 329 Archaeology and Global Cultural Heritage

  • ANTh 337 Archaeology of Warfare

  • CLAS 338 Warfare, State and Society in the Ancient World

  • CLAS 349g Ancient Empires

  • JS 378 Jewish Magic in the Ancient World

  • REL/IR 405/HIST 402/MDES 402 Cultural Heritage, Religion and Politics in the Middle EAst

  • REL 475 Religion, Material Culture and the Senses

  • REL 493 Art and Archaeology of Religion


  • ANTH 300 Evolution, Ecology, and Culture

  • ANTH 308 Evolution of Human Behavior

  • ANTH 376 Scientific Methods in Archaeology

  • ANTH 481L* GIS for Archaeologists

  • CHEM 300L** Analytical Chemistry

  • ENST 320a Water and Soil Sustainability

  • ENST 320b Energy and Air Sustainability

  • GEOL 305Lx Intro to Engineering Geology

  • GEOL 320L*** Surficial Processes and Stratigraphic Systems

  • GEOL 412 Oceans and Climate

  • SSCI 301L Maps and Spatial Reasoning

  • SSCI 382**** Princilpes of GIS

  • SSCI 483* Spatial Science Practicum

    *Prerequisite: SSCI 382

    **Prerequisite: CHEM 105b or CHEM 115b

    ***Prerequisite: GEOL 315

    ****Prerequisite: SSCI 301

Capstone Course (4 Units)

  • CLAS 465 Archaeology and Society

Total Requirements: 10 courses (=40 Units)

  • USC Archaeology Research Center