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Anthropology - Archaeology Option, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #801 (QS) , MT,
Anthropological archaeology studies material culture—artifacts, architecture, activity areas, and landscapes—produced by humans in order to understand past lifeways.


Archaeology encompasses societies with written records, both recent and ancient (Montana mining towns and Pompeii) as well as societies whose only record are the objects they made and the places they modified (Native American prehistoric buffalo "jumps" in Montana and two million year old African tool scatters). Archaeologists are interested in answering cultural and social questions, both specific (How do ceramic dinner plate choices reflect social class in 19th century households?) and sweeping (Why did societies around the world take up agriculture about 10,000 years ago?). Archaeologists study people through artifacts; we do not study fossils unless they are associated with people. So, if you're interested in dinosaurs, don't ask an archaeologist!

The Department of Anthropology offers many ways to learn about archaeology, experience archaeology, and train to be an archaeologist. We have a well-rounded program with a focus on North America. Archaeology courses at the 200 and 300 level do not have prerequisites; all interested students are welcome. Anthropology undergraduates interested in specializing can earn an option in archaeology. During summer session, the Department often offers one or more field schools that represent an excellent opportunity to learn archaeological methods.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    36 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Intro to Physical Anthropology
  • Intro to Ling
  • History of Anthropology
  • Advanced Anthro Statistics
  • Language and Culture or
  • Archaeological Theory

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General Requirements

  • Complete an online application
  • Pay the application fee
  • Submit required application documents
  • English language proficiency requirements
  • Academic records
  • Financial information
  • Copy of passport

Tuition Fee

  • International

    49886 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24943 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    49886 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24943 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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  • 1000 - 2080 USD/month
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