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For Immediate Release
Contacts: Nicky Everette, 301-405-6714 or

College Park, Md. – The University of Maryland’s Department of Classics has recently announced the approval of its new undergraduate minor in archaeology. This interdisciplinary minor has two chief aims: to give students an understanding of the methods and findings of archaeology, and to give them experience of actual fieldwork.  Though the minor is housed in the Classics Department, it includes faculty members from other departments and colleges, including Art History and Archaeology and Jewish Studies (ARHU), Anthropology (BSOS), and the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.

Before beginning the minor, students must fulfill a 3-credit prerequisite with either ANTH 240, ARTH 200 or CLAS 180. Students then complete a minimum of 15 credits in three core areas: Archaeological Methods and Practice, cross-listed as ANTH 305, CLAS 305 and ARTH 305, for 3 credits; 3 to 6 credits in fieldwork experience; and 6 to 9 credits in courses with a significant focus on archaeology. A list of approved courses will be maintained by the faculty steering committee and made available to students interested in the minor.

There will be a presentation about the minor in the Great Space in the Architecture building on Thursday, Oct. 23 from 4 to 5:30 PM. The event will include information about current faculty research, and a demonstration of new state-of-the-art LiDAR surveying equipment that the University has just acquired. The presentation will be followed by informational meetings about some of the study abroad programs that include archaeological fieldwork.  

For more information on the minor, please visit its website or contact Professor and Chair Lillian E. Doherty at 301-405-2022 or