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Archaeology and Heritage Studies (BA)


 waterloo

Our new Archaeology and Heritage Studies program explores the archaeology of the New World and the Ancient Mediterranean World. The program focuses on the cultures of North America, in both the pre-contact and post-contact periods after the arrival of Europeans, and the ancient societies of Greece, Rome and the Near East.

Archaeologists seek to learn about the human past through the study of the physical remains left behind by vanished cultures. Artifacts, architecture and environmental evidence all provide valuable clues for the reconstruction of past ways of life. 

You’ll be trained in the methods of field archaeology and analytical techniques used in modern archaeology within the context of the larger field of heritage conservation and preservation. Courses in this program are a mixture of theory and the practical applications of that theory in our archaeological laboratories where studies in material culture are conducted.

Modern archaeology is multidisciplinary and combines the disciplines of Anthropology, Biology, Geography and History. Within the larger field of Heritage Studies, the program examines how modern archaeology is today conducted as both a scholarly pursuit and as a profession in which practitioners consult and work in partnership with Indigenous, descendant and local communities.

This program is flexible. Prerequisites are only for third- and fourth-year courses. You must complete a core set of required courses and make up the remainder of required credits from a list of non-required courses. Specialization is possible but most students choose from an array of courses reflecting each faculty member’s expertise.

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Program Highlights

  • Our Archaeology and Heritage Studies program is the only such program in Canada that requires mandatory participation in field projects as a degree requirement. Recent field schools, taken for credit, have been carried out in Ontario at a 16th/17th-century Wendat (Huron) village, at Old Fort Erie, a War of 1812 site, at the Minoan palace of Gournia in Crete, and at the biblical town of Nebo (Khirbat al-Mukhayyat) in Jordan.
  • Work-study and volunteer opportunities are available each year for students wishing to assist professors in their research projects.
  • Class sizes are capped at 40 for third-year courses and 20-36 for fourth-year courses, including the capstone course experience.
  • There are a range of first-year classes to choose from, including Introduction to Archaeology; Methods and Principles of Archaeology; Physical Anthropology and Human Prehistory; The Greek World; and Roman Civilization.
  • This is a highly flexible program: you can easily combine this program with a second major, such as Ancient Studies, English, Languages, Religion and Culture, Anthropology or History.
  • Check out options to enhance your degree.

Sample Courses

  • Sport in Greece and Rome
  • Heritage Preservation
  • North American Prehistory
  • Historical Archaeology
  • Human Osteology
  • Archaeology of Death: Burial Practices Around the World
  • Professional Archaeology (Cultural Resource Management)
  • Archaeology of Ancient Egypt
  • Archaeology of Disasters
  • Digital Heritage and Archaeology

Requirements

International Baccalaureate Requirements

  • HL or SL English at 3.
  • IB Minimum Score: 26.

Design Your Degree

These are a few popular academic opportunities that allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • Applied Digital Option
  • Sustainability Option
  • Medieval Studies minor
  • History minor
  • Geography/Geomatics courses

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