Jul 18, 2024  
USC Catalogue 2023-2024 
USC Catalogue 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOGUE]

Archaeology (BA)

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Director: Lynn Swartz Dodd, PhD

Archaeology deepens our understanding of peoples and societies across space and time, in all parts of the world, while expanding our knowledge of issues relevant in contemporary society. Archaeologists interpret material culture and action from our shared human past using a range of tools and approaches whether the discovery occurs with trowel in hand, or through laboratory analysis, artifact study, remote sensing or by documenting heritage.

Archaeology majors strengthen their skills in critical thinking, assessing evidence, and formulating clear and persuasive arguments, both oral and written. Students from a wide range of disciplines will gain perspective on their own intellectual and professional interests through the study of the past.

In addition to the general education requirements, the following courses are required:

Lower-Division Requirement (8 units)

Required Course (4 units)

Select either one 4-unit course or two 2-unit courses from the following list (4 units):


CORE 103  and all GESM courses listed are allowed for credit by individual petition only. Contact program director or adviser.

Upper-Division Requirement (28 units)

Select three courses from the following two areas (12 units):



*ANTH 481L  and ARCG 305Lg  may not be double-counted toward the degree in Archaeology.

Take Capstone Course (4 units):

Total Requirement: 9 courses (36 units)

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