Welcome to the UW-L Archaeological Studies Program!

The Archaeological Studies Major at UW-L is one of the few comprehensive undergraduate degree programs in archaeology in the United States and the only one in the Midwest.  Its uniqueness lies in the fact that it is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary major that integrates the fields of Prehistoric Archaeology, Near Eastern Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, Geoarchaeology, and Cultural Resources Management.

Our program is built around the theme of close student-instructor interactions with opportunities for in-depth participation by our students in all aspects of archaeological research.  Field and laboratory research opportunities for students are abundant and varied.  The program's research focus is the archaeology of the Upper Midwest, Egypt, and South America.

In addition to offering a major in Archaeological Studies, we also offer two minors through the Archaeological Studies Program at UW-L.  One that is most complementary for graduate school-bound students is Anthropology.  The Anthropology minor provides a background for understanding cultural diversity in the prehistoric and contemporary world.  We also offer a minor in Archaeological Studies for those students majoring in other disciplines who would wish to explore their interests in archaeology and past human societies

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW-L) also offers many minors that enrich the Archaeological Studies Major.   Geoarchaeology, is a minor offered by the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences.  Geoarchaeology applies the techniques of geology, geomorphology, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to archaeological problems (see the UW-L Undergraduate Catalog for details online at: http://www.uwlax.edu/records/UGCat/UGCatalogs.htm).  Other complementary minors include history, geography, and biology.

The pages throughout this site are designed to provide answers to most of the basic questions you might have about majoring (or minoring) in Archaeological Studies at UW-L.  An additional important source of information is the Archaeology Studies Student Handbook.  This resource will help answer questions and serve as your detailed guide through the program.  For answers to questions or information not found on this web site, please feel free to contact any of our faculty members.