As an archaeology major, you’ll benefit from an interdisciplinary approach to a broad range of cultures, with courses in classical archaeology and art, Near Eastern studies, and the archaeology of Eurasia, the Americas and Africa. You’ll gain hands-on experience through lab-based courses in zooarchaeology, ceramics, dendrochronology and in the material cultures of Native Americans and Euro-Americans, and will have opportunities for fieldwork both in the U.S. and abroad. The Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies (CIAMS) is one of the leading archaeology groupings in the U.S. and offers one of the few majors in archaeology in the country.

Sample classes

  • Archaeology of North American Indians
  • Art and Archaeology in the Ancient Mediterranean World
  • Drinking Through the Ages: Intoxicating Beverages in Near Eastern and World History
  • Across the Seas: Contacts Between the Americas and the Old World before Columbus


All information below is based on the 2014-2018 First-Destination Post-Graduate Survey. Lists are not exhaustive; rather, they are a sampling of the data.

"Other" includes time off, travel, volunteer experiences, and/or preparing for graduate school.
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All 2014-2018 Archaeology graduates reported either being Employed or Attending Graduate School.

50% of the Class of 2014-2018 Archaeology graduates completed the survey. n = 8

Below, you will find:

  • Top Employment Sectors
  • Where Graduates Work
  • Top Graduate Fields
  • Where Graduates Study

Top Employment Sectors

  • Government
  • Nonprofit Organization
  • Retail

Where 2014-2018 Archaeology Graduates Work

Employer Job Titles
Solo Rugs Client Services Specialist
 United States Forest Service   Archaeological Technician (GS-04) 
Yachad Joel Daner Yachad Fellowship

Top Graduate Fields Pursued

  • Archaeology
  • History of Art & Archaeology

Graduate Degrees Pursued

  • MA
  • PhD
  • MSt

Where 2014-2018 Archaeology Graduates Study

  • New York University
  • Stanford University
  • University of California-Los Angeles
  • University of Oxford