Stanford University


Minor in Archaeology

A minor in Archaeology provides an introduction to the study of the material cultures of past societies. It can complement many majors, including but not limited to Anthropology, Applied Physics, Art and Art History, Classics, Earth Systems, Geological and Environmental Sciences, History, and Religious Studies.

Students must complete the declaration process, including the planning form submission and Axess registration, by the last day of the quarter, two quarters prior to degree conferral; for example, by the last day of Autumn Quarter if Spring graduation is the intended quarter of graduation.


To minor in Archaeology, students must complete at least 27 units of relevant course work, including:

Course Title Units
ARCHLGY 1 Introduction to Archaeology 3-5
ARCHLGY 103  History of Archaeological Thought 5
ARCHLGY 107A  Archaeology as a Profession 5
    Total: 10

Archaeology 1 is recommended as a first course, as many of the upper-level courses in Archaeology require this course as a prerequisite. Students minoring in Archaeology have the option to take Archaeology 103 (History of Archaeological Thought) or Archaeology 107A (Archaeology as a Profession) to fulfill the rest of the 10 unit core requirement for the minor.

Archaeological Skills (3-5 units)
Archaeological skills include dating methods, faunal analysis, botanical analysis, ceramic analysis, geology, geophysics, soil chemistry, remote sensing, osteology, genetics, statistics, cartography, and geographic information systems. The course(s) must be chosen from the list of courses under Archaeological Skills and Methods that count toward the archaeology major.

Theory (5 units)
Topics include archaeological, art historical, sociocultural, historical, and material culture theory. The course(s) must be chosen from the list of courses under Theory that count toward the archaeology major.

Electives (10 units)
Select courses from the list of courses under Electives that count toward the archaeology major. Students have the option of taking courses around a theme or concentration, and are encouraged to do so by consulting their faculty advisers to design a course plan.