Archaeology Co-operative Education (ACE)

The Major in Archaeology Co-operative Education (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 in conjunction with the Department of Archaeology. With the help of Co-operative Education and the Department of Archaeology, students seek work placement opportunities within the Province, within Canada, and internationally that build on the Archaeology curriculum and enhance their learning.

Who is Eligible?

The ACE program is available to full-time Archaeology majors only. Students majoring in Archaeology must meet the requirements listed under Regulations for the General Degree of Bachelor of Arts and First Courses as listed in the university calendar.

Admission is limited, competitive and selective. To be eligible for admission 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 1000 and 2480
  • all applicants must have completed Archaeology 3585/3586 (Field School) or have 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.

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.

Advanced Standing

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. 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.

How do I Apply?

Applications must include the following:

  1. All pages of the completed application form (PDF)
  2. A letter (one page maximum) to the Academic Staff Member, Co-operative Education, explaining your interest in the program and why you feel you are a good candidate.
  3. A current resume.
  4. Your initials on the relevant pages of the application form to verify that you have read information about the program.
  5. A signature from the ACE Coordinator supporting your application to the co-op program.

Application deadline for spring/summer work terms: October 15 (or next business day).

Submit this completed application by email to the Co-op Office for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences: Applicants should note that it is possible to enter ACE Term 1 only in the Fall semester commencing in September of each academic year.

Work Term Descriptions:

The following Work Terms are a requirement of the Bachelor of Arts Co-operative Education Option.

300W Work Term 1 (Co-operative) For most students this will be their first work experience in a professional environment. They are expected to learn, develop and practice the high standards of behaviour normally expected in the workplace. They may be required to attend seminars on professional development.

PR: Admission to the ACE Program; ARCH 3585 and 3586 or previous archaeological experience; a minimum overall average of 65%; and permission of the ACE Coordinator and Department Head.

400W Work Term 2 (Co-operative) Building on their previous work term experiences and academic instruction, students will be encouraged to seek a more challenging position. They will now possess the necessary academic grounding and work experience to contribute to the problem-solving and management needs of a professional work environment. Students should observe and appreciate the attitudes, responsibilities and ethics normally expected of professionals, and should exercise greater independence and responsibility in their assigned work functions.

Note: A single course credit will be given at the completion of ARCH 400W, which will satisfy a fourth level course requirement in Archaeology. This includes an evaluation of academic work completed by the student. The course credit can only be used towards the co-operative education program for the Department of Archaeology.

PR: Admission to the ACE Program; ARCH 300W; a minimum overall average of 65%; and permission of the ACE Coordinator and Department Head.


Please contact either Vaughan Grimes (, Theresa Mackenzie ( or Rebecca Newhook (



Department of Archaeology

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000