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College of Arts and Sciences, Liberal Arts at Cornell University



Through its interdisciplinary approach, the Archaeology Program provides exposure to a broad range of cultures and the methods of uncovering and interpreting them. Courses cover classical archaeology, Near Eastern studies, and archaeology of the Americas and Africa. Students gain hands-on experience through lab-based courses in zooarchaeology, dendrochronology, geophysical field methods, and in the material cultures of Native Americans and Euro-Americans. Students obtain practical museum experience working in Cornell's McGraw Hall Museum, which houses more than 20,000 ethnographic and archaeological objects whose origins span the globe. Students are encouraged to gain practical experience in archaeological fieldwork. The Jacob and Hedwig Hirsch bequest provides travel grants for a limited number of students to work at excavations sponsored by Cornell and other approved institutions. Archaeology undergraduates go to graduate school for careers in academia, as well as in museums, public archaeology, cultural resource management, historic preservation, government, and in National and State Parks Service.

Interesting Classes

  • Archaeology of North American Indians
  • Ancient Mexico and Central America
  • Ancient Egyptian Civilization
  • Art and Archaeology in the Ancient Mediterranean World
  • Archaeology/Roman Private Life
  • Stone Age Archaeology
  • Environmental Archaeology

Students went on to...

  • Be a park ranger for the National Park Service
  • Study archaeology at the University of New Mexico
  • Study art history at New York University


More Information

More information for the Archaeology major, Archaeology minor, Archaeology graduate program is available in the Cornell University Course Catalog.

Visit the the department/program website for faculty and research information.