Archaeology is the study of artifacts and other material remains of earlier societies and civilizations in order to to unravel the mysteries behind past human activity and the technologies they used. 

Quick facts
  • Three or four year degree
  • Full or part-time program
  • You can enter this program directly from high school
  • You can begin this program off-campus

What you will learn

You will participate in the excavation of archaeological sites both at home and abroad. The program focuses on past cultures in the North American Plains and the Near East and adjacent Mediterranean regions. You will learn how to employ a wide variety of techniques including osteological analysis, geological interpretations, biological adaptations or sociological explanations to answer questions concerning the past.

A first-year schedule sample

This degree program is flexible and offers you the opportunity to take courses in many different subject areas. Here’s what a typical first-year schedule might look like:


Fall Term
ANTH 111 One World Many Peoples Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ARCH 112 The Human Journey Introduction to Archaeology and Biological Anthropology
HIST 115* History Matters Ideas and Culture
BIOL 120* Nature of Life
ENG 114* Literature and Composition Reading Culture

Winter Term
PSY 121* Social Clinical Cultural and Developmental Bases of Psychology
GEOG 125* Environmental Science and Society
ARCH 116 Introduction to Near Eastern and Classical Archaeology
SOC 112* Foundations in Sociology Social Construction of Everyday Life
RLST 112* Western Religions in Society and Culture

* These are elective courses. You will be able to choose from a variety of electives based on your interests.

The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.

ARCH 251: Introduction to Archaeological Interpretation
How do archaeologists reconstruct the lives of past peoples from the material remains they left behind? This course introduces the student to the methods, techniques and theoretical models used by archaeologists as they answer questions about our human past and the emergence of modern societies.

ARCH 353: Plains Archaeology
A survey of the prehistory of the Plains region of North America with emphasis on the recognition and examination of archaeological problems.

ARCH 472: Palaeopathology
The diagnosis and interpretation of disease in antiquity and the overall health status of earlier human populations. Although skeletal pathology will be emphasized, analysis of mummified tissues and ancient DNA will be included.

Hands-on experience
Students can take ARCH 361 – Archaeological Field Methods in the spring and summer terms and spend six weeks in the field working at an actual archaeological site.

The Department of Archaeology and Anthropology is equipped with its own classrooms, study and computer labs, student lounge and library with a large and diverse collection specifically for teaching. Our professors are located just around the corner from the classrooms.


  • Archaeological surveyor
  • Non-government and business sector, working for a range of private companies focused on, for example: 
    • excavation
    • heritage conservation
    • environmental site assessments
    • counselling
    • urban planning
  • Government sector, working for departments such as parks, highways, land management and cultural resources
  • Education, as teachers, professors and researchers
  • Museum and archives curator
  • Communications
  • Lab or field technician

Tuition estimates

Canadian studentsInternational students
Tuition $6,103 $15,867
Fees $835 $835
Books $1,500 $1,500
Total $8,438 $18,202

Tuition will vary depending on the type and number of classes you take in a year. This estimate reflects a typical amount you could expect to pay in your first year if you enroll in a full course load (the maximum number of courses allowed).
Fees are used to fund specific student benefits, including health, vision and dental coverage, a bus pass, recreational programs and fitness centre access.
The cost of books and supplies varies widely depending on the courses you choose. It is recommended that you budget between $1,000-$2,000 per year.

Program options

These Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Archaeology degrees are offered by the University of Saskatchewan's College of Arts and Science:

  • Bachelor of Arts Four-year
  • Bachelor of Arts Three-year
  • Bachelor of Arts or Honours
  • Bachelor of Arts Double Honours 
  • Bachelor of Science Four-year 
  • Bachelor of Science Honours
  • Bachelor of Science Double Honours

You will be able to choose between two degrees types in Archeology. If you prefer a social science orientation you should take one of the B.A. degree programs and if you prefer a science orientation you should take one of the B.Sc. degree programs. You should consult with an academic advisor in the college when you begin your studies to decide if you want a four-year, three-year or honours degree.

Admission requirements and deadlines


Start term Application DeadlineInternational Deadline
January 2018
Dec 1, 2017
Documents due: Dec 15, 2017
Sep 1, 2017
Documents due: Oct 1, 2017
May 2018
Apr 1, 2018
Documents due: May 1, 2018
Feb 1, 2018
Documents due: Mar 1, 2018
July 2018
May 1, 2018
Documents due: Jun 1, 2018
Mar 1, 2018
Documents due: Apr 1, 2018
September 2018
May 1, 2018
Documents due: Jun 1, 2018
Apr 1, 2018
Documents due: May 1, 2018

Ready to apply?

A non-refundable application fee of $90 CDN is required before your application will be processed.

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