Archaeology and Anthropology

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Welcome to the Department of Archaeology & Anthropology - one of the top programs 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 UWL is one of the few comprehensive undergraduate degree programs in archaeology in the United States and the only one in the Midwest. We are ranked #2 in the country by College Values Online (follow this link for detail on this ranking), and "Archaeologist" and "Anthropologist" have both been listed on US News & World Report's Top 10 Jobs in Science list in each of the last two years. Our program is unique in providing undergraduates with hands-on training in each of the sub-disciplines of Anthropology, utilizing cutting-edge methodologies and technologies, and offering a wide array of cultural and international experiences, with the end goal of instilling lifelong cross-cultural understandings.

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.  Our faculty research spans the globe and includes the archaeology of North America, Mesoamerica, Egypt, the Andes, east Africa, and prehistoric Europe; and the anthropology of Latin America, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, and the former Soviet Union. 

In addition to offering a major in Archaeological Studies, we also offer a Cultural Anthropology emphasis, and minors in Anthropology and Archaeological Studies. The Cultural Anthropology emphasis and Anthropology minor both provide 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.

There are several other UWL departments that also offer minors which enrich our department's programs. The Geoarchaeology minor is offered by the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, and applies the techniques of geology, geomorphology, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to archaeological problems. The International Studies minor draws from multiple fields and complements the cross-cultural perspective of anthropology. The Linguistics minor is offered by the Department of English, and provides students an interdisciplinary understanding of language that benefits anthropology and archaeology students interested in early writing and other forms of human communication. Other complementary minors include history, foreign languages, area studies, geography, and biology. See the UWL Undergraduate Catalog for details on these minors.

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

Department of Archaeology & Anthropology

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