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  • Welcome

    Troweling in line at Tremaine 2014

    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 fields of Prehistoric Archaeology, Near Eastern Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, Geoarchaeology, and Cultural Resource 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 North America, Africa, Egypt, Eastern Europe, South America, 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  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. 

    UWL Students in Cochabamba

    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  historygeography, 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.  This resource will help answer questions and serve as your detailed guide through the program.  

    If you have questions about how to declare a sociology or 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, Interim Chair

    Debra Holtschlag, A.D.A.

    Department of Sociology & Archaeology

    Department of Sociology & Archaeology

    435A Wimberly Hall

    435 Wimberly Hall

    University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

    University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

    La Crosse, WI 54601

    La Crosse, WI 54601

    Phone: (608)785-6774

    Phone: (608)785-8457

    Fax: (608)785-8486

    Fax: (608)785-8486

    E-mail: tmcandrews@uwlax.edu

    E-mail:  dholtschlag@uwlax.edu

     

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