Archaeology is the study of artifacts and other physical remains of earlier societies and communities in order to unravel the mysteries of human cultural diversity and adaptation. Archaeologists can reconstruct past human behaviours and life ways from tools, shelters, ornaments, food remnants, modified landscapes, and even human remains.
- 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
The program focuses on the past peoples of western Canada and the broader Circumpolar North. You will have the opportunity to participate in the excavation of archaeological sites and will learn how to employ a wide variety of laboratory techniques. These include the analyses of artifacts and other archaeological materials such as human and non-human skeletal remains. You will learn how people interacted with past environments and how sociocultural explanations relevant to past human experiences are developed and tested. In sum, you will learn about how and why human behaviour has changed in the past in order to better understand human behavioural changes today and into the future.
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:
|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|
|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.
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.
- Non-government and business sector, working for a range of private companies typically focused on:
- archaeological resource management
- heritage conservation
- environmental site assessments
- traditional land use studies
- 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
|Canadian students||International students|
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 (2018-2019 rates).
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.
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.
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