Welcome to the Department of Archaeology & Anthropology - the top program of its kind in the country! What sets our program apart is our dedication to: 1) providing high quality practical field and laboratory experiences that prepare students for a variety of professional and academic pursuits; 2) training students on the most cutting edge technologies and maintaining the most highly equipped arsenal of high-tech equipment anywhere; and 3) offering a wide array of high quality international opportunities that expose students to our fascinating, richly diverse multi-cultural world.
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 sub-disciplines of Anthropology with an emphasis on the most advanced archaeological methodologies and a wide array of area studies (e.g., North America, Mexico and Central America, Caribbean, South America, Egypt, Sub-Saharan Africa, etc.), and exposure to the rich cultural diversity of contemporary societies around the world.
Our program is built on close student-instructor interactions with opportunities for in-depth participation by our students in all aspects of archaeological and anthropological research. Field and laboratory research opportunities for students are abundant and varied. The program's research focus is the archaeology of the North America, Africa, Egypt, Eastern Europe, South American Andes, Mesoamerica, and the Caribbean.
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
. 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, but contains courses taught by Archaeology faculty as well as Geography/Earth Sciences faculty, making it one of the few majors to cross College lines. Geoarchaeology applies the techniques of geology, geomorphology, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to archaeological problems. See the UW-L Undergraduate Catalog for details. Other complementary minors include
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. This resource will help answer questions and serve as your detailed guide through the program.
If you have questions about how to declare an archaeology major or
minor, wonder who your advisor is or want to know how to appeal a course grade, check out the department's advising site. For answers to other questions or information not found on this web site, please feel free to contact any of our faculty members or:
Professor Timothy McAndrews, Chair
Debra Holtschlag, A.D.A.
Department of Archaeology & Anthropology
435A Wimberly Hall
435 Wimberly Hall
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
La Crosse, WI 54601