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Archaeological Studies Major - Bachelor of Arts (BA)

(All colleges, excluding teacher certification programs)

37 credits

Required courses 1
ARC 100Archaeology: Discovering Our Past3
ARC 196Archaeology: An Introduction to Lab and Field Methods1
ARC 200World Archaeology: Origins and Development of Human Culture and Society3
ARC 455Historical and Theoretical Perspectives in Archaeology3
ARC 489Honors Thesis in Archaeology3
or ARC 499 Senior Project/Thesis in Archaeology
ARC 402Field Methods in Archaeology (minimum of six credits)6
Regional courses
Select at least two courses (see below)6
Methods courses
Select at least two courses (see below)6
Anthropology courses
Select at least two courses (see below)6
Total Credits37

ARC 101 and ARC 395 are not required but strongly recommended.

Anthropology credits applied to the archaeological studies majors or minor may not be applied to the anthropology minor.

Credits that are applied to the archaeology studies major cannot be applied to the archaeology studies major: cultural anthropology emphasis, archaeology minor, or the anthropology minor.

Regional courses (six credits required)

ARC 204Ancient Literate Civilizations3
ARC 241North American Archaeology3
ARC 280The Incas and their Ancestors: Archaeology of the Andes3
ARC 285Archaeology of Mexico and Central America3
ARC 302Egyptian Hieroglyphs: The Language and Culture of Ancient Egypt3
ARC 310Midwest Archaeology3
ARC 311European Prehistory3
ARC 312African Archaeology3
ARC 350Independent Foreign Research in Archaeology1-6
ARC 357Peoples and Cultures of Africa3
ARC 367Ancient Egypt3
ARC 399Archaeology Forum3
ARC 409Readings and Research in Archaeology1-3
ARC 498Seminar in Archaeology1-3
ARC/ANT 353Maya Civilization3
ARC/HIS 295Pyramids, Temples and Towns! The Archaeology of Ancient Egypt3
ARC/HIS 331The Ancient Greek World3
ARC/HIS 332Ancient Rome and the Mediterranean3
ARC/HIS 340Origins of Cities3
ARC/HIS 365Ancient Iraq3
ARC/HIS 366Ancient Israel3
ARC/HIS 368History of Babylonian Language and Culture I3
ARC/HIS 369History of Babylonian Language and Culture II3
ARC/HIS 374Ancient Turkey3
ARC/HIS 375Iran before Islam3
ARC/HIS 396Ancient Syria3
INS 350Independent Foreign Research1-6

Methods courses (six credits required)

ARC 250Museum Studies3
ARC 300Cultural Resources Management3
ARC 303Archaeology Lab Methods3
ARC 320Historical Archaeology3
ARC 347Geoarchaeology3
ARC 395Graduate Preparation Seminar1
ARC 399Archaeology Forum3
ARC 404Environmental Archaeology3
ARC 415Advanced Research Applications in Archaeology3
ARC 445Research Methods in Archaeology3
ARC 450Internship in Archaeology1-15
ARC 498Seminar in Archaeology1-3
ARC/ANT 330Pastoralism: Past and Present3
ARC/ANT 335Human Skeletal Anatomy and the Anthropological Study of the Dead3
ARC/ANT 346Ethnoarchaeology and Experimental Archaeology3
GEO/ESC 345Remote Sensing3
GEO/ESC 385Introduction to Geographic Information System and Science3
GEO/ESC 390Geospatial Field Methods3
GEO/ESC 426Soil Systems4

Anthropology courses (six credits required)

ANT 212Search for Economic Justice3
ANT 215Refugees, Displaced Persons & Transnational Communities3
ANT 250Women and Society3
ANT 366Anthropology of Food3
ANT 290Andean Anthropology3
ANT 307International Development and Culture Change3
ANT 320Rites, Rituals and Ceremonies3
ANT 321Images, Visual Culture and Anthropology3
ANT 323Anthropology of Childhood and Youth3
ANT 343North American Indians3
ANT 351Peoples and Cultures of Southeast Asia3
ANT 354Peoples and Cultures of Latin America3
ANT 362Hmong Americans3
ANT 370Medical Anthropology3
ANT 375Language, Power, and Inequality3
ANT 399Anthropology Forum3
ANT 401Ethnographic Methods3
ANT 409Readings and Research in Anthropology1-3
ANT 454Historical and Theoretical Approaches in Anthropology3
ANT 499Seminar in Anthropology2-3
ARC/ANT 304Hunter and Gatherer Societies3
ARC/ANT 305Indigenous Agricultural Societies: Past & Present3
ARC/ANT 330Pastoralism: Past and Present3
ARC/ANT 335Human Skeletal Anatomy and the Anthropological Study of the Dead3
ARC/ANT 346Ethnoarchaeology and Experimental Archaeology3
ARC/ANT 357Peoples and Cultures of Africa3
HIS/ANT 312Peoples and Cultures of Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union3

All students must complete the general education, college core, major/minor, and university degree requirements in order to qualify for a degree. The easiest way to track all of these requirements is to refer to the Advisement Report (AR) found in the Student Information System (WINGS) Student Center. All enrolled students have access to the AR. 

College of Liberal Studies (CLS/SAC) Bachelor of Arts core requirements

The following conditions apply to one or both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees:

  1. Students majoring in English or in a modern language must earn a Bachelor of Arts degree (education majors earn a Bachelor of Science degree).
  2. Students majoring in other CLS programs may choose either a B.A. or a B.S. degree.
  3. Language courses (CHI, FRE, GER, RUS, SPA, MLG) used to fulfill general education requirement: "Mathematical/logical systems and modern languages" (GE 02, category 2) may also be used to meet the B.A. and B.S. language requirements.
  4. All other courses used to meet the requirements below must be in addition to the minimum 39 credits required in the General Education Program.
  5. At least one course in the B.A. or B.S. college degree program (core requirements) must be a CLS designated diversity course.
  6. Applicable courses may be found on the CLS B.A./B.S. Degree Option Course List or in the Advisement Report (AR) when the degree has been declared.

Courses used to fulfill general education requirements will not apply to core requirements except for language courses (CHI, FRE, GER, RUS, SPA, MLG) that count in the general education requirement: "Mathematical/logical systems and modern languages" (GE 02, category 2).

Declare ONE of the following tracks in the CLS Academic Services Office in 260 Morris Hall:

A. Language track

  1. Native speakers of English complete:
    Select one of the following:
    Intermediate Chinese II
    Intermediate French II
    Intermediate German II
    Intermediate Russian II
    Intermediate Spanish II
    World Languages: Intermediate II
    Heritage Language: Intermediate
    Heritage Language: Advanced
    Non-native speakers of English: score at least 80 on the La Crosse Battery of exams for non-native speakers of English; or submit a TOEFL or IELTS score that meets the university's English language proficiency requirement for admission; or complete ESL 252 or ESL 253, and one additional course from ESL 250, ESL 251, ESL 252, ESL 253. (Contact the English as a Second Language Institute for eligibility and regulations); and
  2. Two additional courses outside of the student's major in two of the following: humanities, social sciences or fine arts.

B. Humanities track

  1. One modern language course 102 or higher; and
  2. Two additional courses outside the department of the student's major from two different departments chosen from: history, English, philosophy; and
  3. One additional course in social sciences or fine arts.

C. Fine arts track

  1. One modern language course 102 or higher; and
  2. Two additional courses outside the department of the student's major from two different departments chosen from: art, communication studies, music, theatre; and
  3. One additional course in social sciences or humanities.
In addition to all other College of Liberal Studies core requirements, all students in CLS must complete a second major, minor, or program option by satisfying one of the following:
  1. Complete a minor (or second major) outside of the student's major program, consisting of at least 18 credits; or
  2. Complete an emphasis, program or concentration of at least 18 credits outside the student's major program. General education courses may apply provided they are not being used to fulfill minimum general education requirements; or
  3. Complete 18 credits in two or more departments or programs (at least 12 credits earned at the 300/400 level). These courses must be outside the student's major department and can be from any college. General education courses may apply provided they are not being used to fulfill minimum general education requirements.

Baccalaureate degree requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:

  1. Fulfill the general education requirements.
  2. Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
  3. Complete the courses prescribed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the degree desired in the respective school or college. (No substitutions for graduation may be made in course requirements for a major or minor after the fourth week of the last semester of the senior year.)
  4. Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1 At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 (senior college) level courses. Courses earned at the 100/200 level that transferred to UWL as 300/400 level courses do not apply to this requirement nor do courses from two-year schools.
  5. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
  6. A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
  7. Submit an application for graduation via the "Apply for Graduation" link in the WINGS Student Center as soon as the student has registered for his or her final semester or summer term in residence. December and winter intersession graduates should apply by May 1. May and summer graduates should apply by December 1.

Grade point average requirements for some programs will be considerably higher than 2.00. Re-entering students may be required to earn credits in excess of the 120 needed for graduation in any curriculum in order to replace credits earned in courses in which the content has changed substantially in recent years. Each case will be judged on its own merit.

No degree will be awarded unless all requirements are fulfilled and recorded within 30 days after the official ending date of each term.

Below is a sample degree plan that can be used as a guide to identify courses required to fulfill the major and other requirements needed for degree completion. A student's actual degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). Also, this sample plan assumes readiness for each course and/or major plan, and some courses may not be offered every term. Review the course descriptions or the class timetable for course offering information.

The sample degree plans represented in this catalog are intended for first-year students entering UWL in the fall term. Students should use the Advisement Report (AR) in WINGS and work closely with their faculty advisor(s) and college dean’s office to ensure declaration and completion of all requirements in a timely manner.

General Education Program
The general education curriculum (Gen Ed) is the common educational experience for all undergraduates at UWL. Sample degree plans include Gen Ed placeholders to ensure completion of the general education requirements. Courses may be rearranged to fit the needs or recommendations of the student’s program of study. Gen Ed courses may be taken during winter term (January between the semesters) and summer to reduce the course load during regular terms (fall and spring). Students should consult with their advisor and/or the assistant to the dean of their college for assistance with course and schedule planning. Refer to the general education requirements for more specific details.

Note: at least 40 credits of the 120 credits required must be earned at the 300/400 level.

This sample degree plan does not establish a contractual agreement. It identifies the minimum requirements a student must successfully complete, to qualify for a degree, in a format intended to assist the student plan their academic career. Actual degree plans may differ.

Year 1
ANT 102 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science)4ARC 1011 
CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy - Oral)3Gen Ed Math4 
ARC 1961ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy - Written)3 
ARC 1003ANT 202 (Gen Ed Global Studies)3 
Gen Ed Minority Cultures3ARC 200 (Gen Ed World History)3 
 14 14  
Year 2
CLS Core Course3CLS Diversity Core Course3ARC 4026
ANT 101 (Gen Ed Self & Society)3ARC Regional Course3 
102+ Level Gen Ed/CLS Core Language14Minor Course3 
Minor Course3Gen Ed Arts2-3 
ANT Course3Gen Ed Elective3 
 16 15 6
Year 3
ARC 3951ARC Regional Course3 
Gen Ed Hum-Lit3Minor Course3 
ANT Course3Gen Ed Elective3 
ARC 4453Gen Ed Health & Well Being3 
CLS Core Course3-4Gen Ed Arts2-3 
 14 14  
Year 4
Minor Course3Gen Ed Elective3 
Minor Course3Minor Course3 
Elective3Elective Course3 
ARC Methods Course3ARC 489 or 4993 
ARC 4553  
 15 12  
Total Credits: 120

CLS Core Humanities and Fine Arts Tracks require 102+ level language. CLS Core Language Track requires 202 level language. Students unprepared for 202 level will need to complete prerequisite course work.

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