Minor in Archaeology

UCAS code: Your UCAS code will be the code of your Major.

Available for students starting in September 2017

If you choose a Minor in Archaeology you will discover the richness and diversity of the human past and the key events and processes that have shaped our human world. You will time travel from the earliest periods of human evolution through major periods of British and European prehistory up to recent colonial pasts. Along the way you will gain a deep understanding of archaeology and its unique approaches to the study of history and what it means to be human.

Year 1

You will be introduced to archaeology at a global scale in World Archaeology BCE and AD as we take a chronological overview of human history. During lectures and tutorials you will actively explore the fundamental topics that still drive archaeological inquiry today. Who are our human ancestors? How did tools help shape human evolution? Why did people become farmers? Why did people build monuments? Were the Vikings raiders or traders? What does architecture reveal about medieval religion?


Year 2

In your second year, you will take one core module in each semester. In semester one you will be introduced to some of the big debates in the study of human prehistory. This builds on knowledge gained in your first year, but takes a more problem oriented approach. In the second semester you will explore, via lectures and seminars, major theoretical approaches used in the discipline. Don’t be put off by the focus on theory though, these are fun classes and will provide useful grounding for many other subjects beyond archaeology.


    Year 3

    In your final year you will be offered some optionality, allowing you to explore different approaches and topics in your continued exploration of archaeology. These courses generally reflect research interests of the staff and are usually structured around a strong theme, approach or particular time period. Interaction is usually a mixture of lectures and student-led seminar discussion.


    Choose one option module from:

    Plus a further one option module from:

    • Origins of Modern Humans
    • Early Christian Europe
    • The Archaeology of Colonialism in the Americas

    Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.


    Your assessment may include essays, exams, group work and oral presentations.

    Entry Requirements

    There are no specific entry requirements for this minor.

      Now choose your Major

      On a Major/Minor degree, 25% of your course will be your Minor (in this case Archaeology) and 75% will be your Major.


      Please note that you cannot study a Minor in Archaeology with a Major in Archaeology.

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