Undergraduate Catalog 2020-21 
    Feb 23, 2024  
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-21 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Archaeology, Geography, & Applied Anthropology (BS.AGA)

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The three closely related fields of Archaeology, Geography, and Applied Anthropology apply a collaborative, place-based approach to study the under-researched South Lake Champlain Basin.  Ongoing research collaboration among program faculty create integrative and experiential learning opportunities for students.  The program utilizes methods-focused coursework to equip students with the advanced technical and conceptual skills required by a wide range of careers.  Required internships facilitate the acquisition of additional training, relevant experience, and tangible work products that will contribute directly to student career development.

Program Mission and Goals:

The Archaeology, Geography, & Applied Anthropology program will:

  1. Provide a high-quality interdisciplinary education that helps students to achieve their personal, career, and creative goals.
  2. Train students in emergent technologies that will enhance their capabilities and opportunities in a competitive job market.
  3. Advance research into human history in the South Lake Champlain Basin.
  4. Continually improve program facilities and university capacities through targeted grants and ongoing fundraising.
  5. Strengthen ties with community partners through internships, outreach, and ongoing programming.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the Archaeology, Geography, & Applied Anthropology major, students will be able to:

  1. Explain the basic theoretical and methodological concepts of Archaeology, Geography, and Applied Anthropology.
  2. Appreciate the dynamic interplay between geography, cultural behavior, and long-term history at the core of current social and public policy issues.
  3. Utilize the interdisciplinary concepts and methodological frameworks of Archaeology, Geography, and Applied Anthropology in real world applications.
  4. Communicate effectively in oral, written, and graphic form using concepts and terminology appropriate to a wide range of career fields.
  5. Demonstrate proficiency in specific career-oriented technical skills and applications.

Career Outcomes:

Upon completion of the Archaeology, Geography, & Applied Anthropology major, students will possess:

  1. Training in advanced technical skills directly transferable to their anticipated career.
  2. Experience in collaborative research and presentation.
  3. Extensive hands-on experience from at least one career-related internship.
  4. A track record of project management through the concept, planning, execution, and reporting stages.
  5. A tangible work product that demonstrates the student's initiative and strong analytical and communication skills.

Major Requirements

All majors will complete a minimum of 33 credits: 9 credits in required core courses, 15 credits in electives, 6 credits of internship, and a 3-credit capstone seminar.  All majors are strongly encouraged to complete one or more of the certificates offered by the program (see below).

Complete the 3 core courses (9 cr):

Complete each of these courses, preferably within the first year of study.

And complete 5 electives (15 cr):

Complete five of the following courses.  To emphasize an interdisciplinary perspective, students must complete at least two courses each from Anthropology/Archaeology (ANT) and Geography (GEO).  At least two courses must also be at the 3000 level.

And complete 1 or more internships (6 cr):

Complete a minimum of 6 credit hours of internships.  Internships are developed in consultation with the student's program advisor and oriented toward the acquisition of specific technical skills and experiences required by his/her anticipated career.  Potential internships include positions with public and private agencies around the state and in-house internships in partnership with program faculty.

And complete the capstone seminar (3 cr):

Complete a collaborative capstone seminar analyzing and evaluating your internship and program experiences.  Students present the results of their work in an annual symposium and report published by the program.

(Total credits required for the major: 33)

And complete the University's Gen Ed requirements

Review  the Gen Ed requirements.


Students majoring in Archaeology, Geography, and Applied Anthropology are advised to complete one or more of the Certificates sponsored by the program:


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