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Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (2016/2017)
11.2 Archaeology

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11.2.1 Department of Archaeology Description

Archaeologists and bioarchaeologists study past human cultures and behavior through the material left behind: artifacts and features, plant and animal remains, human remains, sediments, sites, and their associated landscapes. In the Department of Archaeology, our students engage in practical training and experiential learning in classroom, laboratory, and field work settings that provide a comprehensive education and transferable skills. State-of-the-art laboratories specializing in applied archaeological sciences, archaeobotany, archaeological conservation, and prehistoric, historical, and aboriginal archaeology integrate undergraduates into community-university research initiatives from Northern Labrador to French Guiana and from British Columbia to Northwest Europe. As one of the largest Archaeology departments in the country, we train our students to become effective researchers, critical thinkers, and active stewards for our shared archaeological heritage.

The Undergraduate Coordinator assists all Archaeology majors and minors in planning their academic programs. For this purpose students should register with the Department at an early stage of their studies.

In addition to the Archaeology core program outlined under General Degree, First Courses, students may wish to follow Table 1 Suggested Course Progression for Bioarchaeology/Archaeological Science Specialization Area of a Major in Archaeology or Table 2 Suggested Course Progression for Historical Archaeology Specialization Area of a Major in Archaeology below.

The following programs are available in the Department:

  1. Major in Archaeology - Bioarchaeology/Archaeological Science Specialization, Historical Archaeology Specialization Area of a Major in Archaeology

  2. Minor in Archaeology

  3. Honours in Archaeology

  4. Joint Honours in Archaeology and Another Major Subject

  5. Major and Honours in Archaeology (Co-operative) Education (ACE)

Archaeology course descriptions are found at the end of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences section under Course Descriptions, Archaeology and are designated by ARCH.

11.2.2 Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts requires the successful completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours. A student must meet the requirements for a departmental Major, Minor, or Honours program and also meet the Program Regulations – General and Honours Degrees for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. A student is therefore advised to consult with the Admission to the Bachelor of Arts General Degree Programs regulations, the Program Regulations - General and Honours Degrees which also includes the Bachelor of Arts General Degree Components, The Major Program, and The Minor Program regulations. Information regarding honours programs is available at Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree Regulations as well as under each department’s regulations.

A student is strongly encouraged to consult with an academic advisor to discuss available programs and requirements in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences including the Core Requirements, The Major Program, The Minor Program, and the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree Regulations. A student is advised to declare a program of study, including a Major and a Minor, before completing the first 45 credit hours of study. Information about declaring a Major and Minor in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and a list of advisors is available at www.mun.ca/hss/programs/undergraduate/ideclare.php.

11.2.3 General Degree
11.2.3.1 First Courses

The student majoring in Archaeology must meet the requirements listed under Regulations for the General Degree of Bachelor of Arts. Under these Regulations, a minimum of 36 credit hours in Archaeology is required. Students wishing to concentrate in this option must complete the Required Courses Archaeology 1030, 2480, 4182, and 4411. In addition, students are required to take 3 credit hours from Group l (Core Courses); 9 credit hours from Group 2 (Field and Laboratory Courses); 6 credit hours from Group 3 (Regional Courses); and 6 credit hours from Group 4 (Topical Courses).

Course Groupings for the Archaeology Program:

Required Courses: 1030, 2480, 4182, 4411.

Group 1 (Core Courses): 1001, 2430, 2450.

Group 2 (Field and Laboratory Courses): 3040, 3583, 3585, 3586, 3650, 3710, 3850, 4015, 4151, 4152, 4153, 4171.

Group 3 (Regional Courses): 2481, 3290, 3291, 3500, 3505, 3510, 3515, 3520, 3525, 3580, 3588, 3592, 3651.

Group 4 (Topical Courses): 3001, 3020, 3536, 3561, 3582, 3584, 3590, 3593, 3594, 3687, 3750, 3860, 4041, 4043, 4150, 4172, 4173, 4500, 4994.

Table 1 Suggested Course Progression for Bioarchaeology/Archaeological Science Specialization Area of a Major in Archaeology

Term

Courses

First Year

Second Year

Students are strongly recommended to take the Archaeology Field School after their second or third year of study. The courses associated with the field school include ARCH 3583 (Intersession), ARCH 3585 and ARCH 3586 (Summer Session), and these count towards the Field and Laboratory course requirements (9 credit hours).

Third Year

  • ARCH 3020
  • ARCH 4041
  • ARCH 4043
  • 3 credit hours from Group 3 (Regional Courses)

Students are strongly recommended to take the Archaeology Field School after their second or third year of study. The courses associated with the field school include ARCH 3583 (Intersession), ARCH 3585 and ARCH 3586 (Summer Session), and these count towards the Field and Laboratory course requirements (9 credit hours).

Fourth Year

Table 2 Suggested Course Progression for Historical Archaeology Specialization Area of a Major in Archaeology

Term

Courses

First Year

Second Year

Students are strongly recommended to take the Archaeology Field School after their second or third year of study. The courses associated with the field school include ARCH 3583 (Intersession), ARCH 3585 and ARCH 3586 (Summer Session), and these count towards the Field and Laboratory course requirements (9 credit hours).

Third Year

Students are strongly recommended to take the Archaeology Field School after their second or third year of study. The courses associated with the field school include ARCH 3583 (Intersession), ARCH 3585 and ARCH 3586 (Summer Session), and these count towards the Field and Laboratory course requirements (9 credit hours).

Fourth Year

11.2.3.2 Minor

A minor in Archaeology may be achieved by completing the following courses: Archaeology 1030 and 2480; 6 credit hours in Archaeology courses at the 3000-level; 3 credit hours in Archaeology courses at the 4000-level, 9 credit hours chosen from Archaeology courses at any level, except Archaeology 2492 or 2493, the former Archaeology 2491. ARCH 1001 is a recommended choice.

11.2.4 Honours Degree
  1. Students intending an Honours program are required to be majors and must complete 60 credit hours in Archaeology, at least 36 of which must be at the 3000 level or above including Archaeology 4994 and Archaeology 4995 (or the former Archaeology 4996). ARCH 1001 is a recommended choice. Students must also meet the Regulations for the General Degree of Bachelor of Arts, and Regulations for the Honours Degree of Bachelor of Arts. Students are strongly advised to consult with the Archaeology Undergraduate Coordinator and Honours Supervisor for assistance with planning their academic program.

11.2.5 Regulations for Joint Honours, Archaeology and Another Major Subject
  1. Students must fulfill the Regulations for the Honours Degree of Bachelor of Arts.

  2. Students must complete 42 credit hours in Archaeology courses and include the following:

    1. Archaeology 1030;

    2. Archaeology 2430, 2480 and 3 other credit hours in Archaeology at the 2000 level;

    3. 15 credit hours in Archaeology courses at the 3000 level, chosen in consultation with an Honours supervisor; and

    4. Archaeology 4182 and 4411 and 9 other Archaeology credit hours at the 4000 level, with a grade of “B” or better.

11.2.6 Major in Archaeology (Co-operative)

The Major in Archaeology (Co-operative) Education (ACE) program is available to full-time Archaeology majors only. The student majoring in Archaeology must meet the requirements listed under Regulations for the General Degree of Bachelor of Arts and First Courses above. In addition, the ACE Program requires two work term courses, 300W and 400W, as described in Work Terms.

The ACE Program is an extension of the existing Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Arts Honours programs. The program is administered by Co-operative Education at Memorial University of Newfoundland. With the help of Co-operative Education and the Department of Archaeology, students will seek placement opportunities within the Province, within Canada, and internationally. For international placements that do not offer remuneration to individuals doing short-term work placements, the Department can waive the requirement that a particular work placement be paid. Admission and continuance in the program is competitive. Students are required to maintain a minimum 65% overall average. Students are also required to complete certain professional development seminars through Co-operative Education at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

11.2.6.1 Admission Requirements
  1. Admission is limited, competitive and selective. Therefore, prospective students are encouraged to consider alternate degree program(s) in the event that they are not accepted into the ACE program.

  2. Applicants should note that it is possible to enter Term 1 only in the Fall semester commencing in September of each academic year. ACE application forms are available online at www.mun.ca/archaeology/undergraduate/ace.php or in the Department of Archaeology Office.

  3. The primary criterion used in reaching decisions on applications for admission is overall academic achievement. Students with weak overall academic records are unlikely to be admitted.

  4. To be eligible for admission to Term 1 an applicant must have successfully completed a minimum of 30 credit hours with an overall average of at least 65% as follows: all applicants must have completed Archaeology 1030 and 2480 and an Archaeology Field School or significant archaeology experience. It is also advised that students choose courses which can satisfy the requirements for the Core Requirements as outlined under Bachelor of Arts General Degree Components, including courses in a second language.

  5. Students who have already completed more than the 30 credit hours that are required for admission to the program may apply for entry into the program with Advanced Standing. These students will be placed in the term of the program judged to be appropriate considering the number of credit hours. Previous work term and field or laboratory work experience may also be taken into consideration.

  6. Transfer students from other universities will be placed in the term of the program judged to be appropriate considering equivalent credits, as determined by the Department.

11.2.6.2 Program of Study
  1. Promotion from each term requires a passing grade in all specified required courses and an overall average of at least 65% in all courses including electives. A student who fails a required course or fails to maintain the overall average of 65% will not be promoted to the next term and will be required to withdraw from the program. The student in question may apply for readmission in a subsequent year after passing the specified required course(s) previously failed, and reestablishing the 65% average.

  2. In addition to the 30 credit hours required for admission, a student is required to complete a total of 120 credit hours (including a field school) and two Work Terms. A student wishing to change the sequence of the work terms must first consult with the ACE Coordinator, Academic Staff Members-Co-operative Education (ASM-CEs) and receive written approval from the Head of the Department or delegate. A student must complete the program on an academic term.

  3. A student may wish to follow Table 3 Suggested Course Progression for Major/Honours in Archaeology (Co-operative) outlined below under the Honours in Archaeology (Co-operative).

  4. UNIVERSITY REGULATIONS -General Academic Regulations (Undergraduate), Classification of Students notwithstanding, a student will require permission from the Head of the Department to register for courses while on work terms if the courses are in addition to the prescribed program. Normally, work terms are considered full-time employment with no time for additional course work.

11.2.6.3 Work Term Placement
  1. Work terms are not guaranteed but every effort is made to ensure that appropriate employment is made available. In the case of a student who is required to withdraw from the program, Co-operative Education at Memorial University of Newfoundland has no responsibility for placement until the student has been re-admitted to the program.

  2. A student who applies for admission to the Co-operative Education program gives permission to the University to provide a copy of the applicant's resume, university transcript and work term evaluations to potential employers.

  3. A student who has been accepted to the ACE Program may obtain a term placement outside the competition. Such employment positions must be confirmed by the employer, and must be approved by the ACE Coordinator.

  4. A student is expected to submit, within a month from starting a Work Term, a plan of the intended work that term, following the template provided by the Department of Archaeology.

11.2.6.4 Registration and Evaluation of Performance
  1. In Work Terms 1and 2, a student must register for Archaeology 300W and 400W respectively.

  2. Student performance evaluations are to be completed by the employer and returned to the ASM-CE. The Work Term evaluations shall consist of two components:

    1. On-the-job Student Performance:

      Job performance shall be assessed by the ASM-CE in consultation with the department using information gathered during the Work Term and input from the employer towards the end of the Work Term. Formal written documentation from the employer shall be sought. Evaluation of the job performance will result in one of the following classifications: OUTSTANDING, ABOVE EXPECTATIONS, SATISFACTORY, MARGINAL PASS, FAIL.

    2. The Work Report:

    • A student is required to submit a Work Term report to the Coordinator on the first day of final exams.

    • Work Term reports shall be evaluated jointly by the Department and the ASM-CE.

    • If an employer designates a report to be of a confidential nature, both employer and the Coordinator must agree as to the methods to protect the confidentiality of such a report before the report may be accepted for evaluation.

    • Reports must contain original work related to the Work Term placement. The topic must relate to the work experience and will be chosen by the student in consultation with the employer. The topic must be approved by the ASM-CE in conjunction with the Department of Archaeology.

    Evaluation of the Work Term report will result in one of the following classifications: OUTSTANDING, ABOVE EXPECTATIONS, SATISFACTORY, MARGINAL PASS, FAIL.

    The evaluation of the job performance and the work term report will result in one of the following final grades being awarded:

    • Pass with Distinction: Indicates OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE in both the work report and the job performance.

    • Pass: Indicates that PERFORMANCE MEETS EXPECTATIONS in both the work report and the job performance.

    • Fail: Indicates FAILING PERFORMANCE in the work report or the job performance.

    For promotion from the Work Term, a student must obtain at least a Pass. Students should also refer to the UNIVERSITY REGULATIONS - General Academic Regulations (Undergraduate) of the University. The grades awarded for each work term will be noted on the transcript of the student.

  3. If a student fails to achieve the Work Term standards specified above, the student will be required to withdraw from the program. Such a student may reapply to the program after a lapse of two semesters, at which time the student will be required to repeat the Work Term with satisfactory performance before being admitted to any further academic term in the Program. A given Work Term may be repeated only once.

  4. In order to be considered for readmission, students must formally apply for readmission to the program not later than the deadline date specified in Admission Requirements above.

  5. A student who withdraws from a Work Term without acceptable cause subsequent to a job placement will be required to withdraw permanently from the Co-operative education program. Students who drop a Work Term without prior approval from the ACE Coordinator, the ASM-CE, and the Head of the Department of Archaeology, or who fail to honour an agreement to work with an employer, or conduct themselves in such a manner as to cause their discharge from the job will normally be awarded a failed grade for the Work Term in question. Permission to drop a Work Term does not constitute a waiver of degree requirements, and students who have obtained such permission must complete an approved Work Term in lieu of the one dropped.

11.2.7 Honours Major in Archaeology (Co-operative)
11.2.7.1 Admission Requirements

See Major in Archaeology (Co-operative), Admission Requirements. In addition to the regulations outlined below, a student must also meet the Program Regulations - General and Honours Degree Bachelor of Arts General Degree.

11.2.7.2 Program of Study

In addition to meeting the requirements for the Major in Archaeology (Co-operative), Honours in Archaeology (Co-operative) students must also meet the following regulations.

  1. A student should also refer to the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree Regulations. Students intending to complete an Honours program are required to be majors and must complete 60 credit hours in Archaeology including Archaeology 4994 and Archaeology 4995 (or the former Archaeology 4996). In addition, the ACE Program requires two work Term courses, 300W and 400W, as described in Work Terms.

  2. Promotion from each Term requires an overall average of at least 65% in all courses including electives. A student who fails a required course or fails to maintain an overall average of 65% will not be promoted to the next term and will be required to withdraw from the program. The student in question may be eligible from readmission in the subsequent year after passing the specified required course(s) previously failed. See also UNIVERSITY REGULATIONS - Regulations for the Honours Degree.

  3. In addition to the 30 credit hours required for admission, students are required to complete 120 credit hours (including a field school) and two Work Terms. Students wishing to change the sequence of the work terms must first consult with the ACE Coordinator, the ASM-CE and receive approval in writing from the Head of the Department or delegate. Students must complete their program on an academic term.

  4. UNIVERSITY REGULATIONS -General Academic Regulations (Undergraduate), Classification of Students notwithstanding, a student will require permission from the Head of the Department to register for courses while on work terms if the courses are in addition to the prescribed program. Normally, work terms are considered full-time employment with no time for additional course work.

  5. Students may wish to follow Table 3 Suggested Course Progression for Major/Honours in Archaeology (Co-operative) outlined below.

Table 3 Suggested Course Progression for Major/Honours in Archaeology (Co-operative)

Year

Courses

Year 1

Year 2

  • 3 credit hours from Group 1 (Core Courses)
  • 6 credits hours from Group 3 (Regional Courses) and/or Group 4 (Topical Courses).
  • Students applying for the ACE Program are required to take an Archaeology Field or Laboratory School after their second year of study. The courses associated with the field/lab school include ARCH 3583 (Intersession), ARCH 3585 and ARCH 3586 (Summer Session), and these count towards the Field and Laboratory course requirements - 9 credit hours Group 2 (Field and Laboratory Courses).

Year 3

  • 3 credits hours from Group 3 (Regional Courses)
  • Work Term 1

Year 4

  • ARCH 4182
  • ARCH 4411
  • ARCH 4994 and ARCH 4995 (or the former 4996} - Honours Program only
  • Work Term 2
  • 3 credit hours from Group 4 (Topical Courses)
11.2.7.3 Work Term Placement

See Major in Archaeology (Co-operative) Education (ACE).

11.2.7.4 Registration and Evaluation of Performance

See Major in Archaeology (Co-operative) Education (ACE).