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15.2 Archaeology

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15.2.1 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 Indigenous 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 or Table 2 Suggested Course Progression for Historical Archaeology Specialization or Table 3 Suggested Course Progression for Prehistoric Archaeology Specialization below.

The following programs are available in the Department:

  1. Major in Archaeology - Bioarchaeology/Archaeological Science Specialization, Historical Archaeology Specialization, Prehistoric Archaeology Specialization

  2. Minor in Archaeology

  3. Joint Major in Archaeology

  4. Honours in Archaeology

  5. Joint Honours in Archaeology and Another Major Subject

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

  7. Honours Major in Archaeology (Co-operative) (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.

15.2.2 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 is available at www.mun.ca/hss/programs/undergraduate/ideclare.php. Information regarding advisors for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is available at www.mun.ca/hss/about/contact/liaisons.php.

15.2.3 General Degree
15.2.3.1 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 successfully complete the Required Courses Archaeology 1000 (or the former 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: 1000 (or the former 1030), 2480, 4182, 4411.

Group 1 (Core Courses): 1001 (or the former 2590), 2430, 2450.

Group 2 (Field and Laboratory Courses): 2583 or the former 3583, 3040, 3585, 3586, 3650, 3710, 4015, 4151, 4152, 4153, 4171.

Group 3 (Regional Courses): 2481, 2482, 3290, 3291, 3500, 3505, 3510, 3515, 3520, 3525, 3580, 3588, 3592, 3651, 3680.

Group 4 (Topical Courses): 2494, 3001, 3020, the former 3536, 3561, 3582, the former 3584, 3590, 3593, 3594, 3595, 3687, 3688, 3750, 3850, 3860, 4041, 4043, 4150, 4172, 4173, 4500, 4994.

Table 1 Suggested Course Progression for Bioarchaeology/Archaeological Science Specialization

Term

Courses

First Year

  • ARCH 1000 (or the former 1030)
  • ARCH 1001 (or the former 2590) or ARCH 1005
  • ARCH 2480

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 2583 or the former 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 3687
  • 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 2583 or the former 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

Term

Courses

First Year

  • ARCH 1000 (or the former 1030)
  • ARCH 1001 (or the former 2590) or ARCH 1005
  • ARCH 2480

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 2583 or the former 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 2583 or the former 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 3 Suggested Course Progression for Prehistoric Archaeology Specialization

Term

Courses

First Year

  • ARCH 1000 (or the former 1030)
  • ARCH 1001 (or the former 2590) or ARCH 1005
  • ARCH 2480

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 2583 or the former 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 2583 or the former 3583 (Intersession), ARCH 3585 and ARCH 3586 (Summer Session), and these count towards the Field and Laboratory course requirements (9 credit hours).

Fourth Year

15.2.3.2 Minor

A minor in Archaeology may be achieved by successfully completing the following courses: Archaeology 1000 (or the former 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, 2493 or the former Archaeology 2491, or 2495. ARCH 1001 or ARCH 1005 is a recommended choice.

15.2.3.3 Joint Major

As an alternative to a minor, a student may choose to complete a major in Archaeology and a major in another eligible program in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. The Joint Major Program requires 3 fewer credit hours in each participating major as prescribed in each program’s Calendar entry. For the joint major in Archaeology, 3 fewer credit hours shall be required from Group 4 (Topical Courses) to fulfill First Courses above.

15.2.4 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 or ARCH 1005 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.

15.2.5 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. ARCH 1000 (or the former 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.

15.2.6 Major in Archaeology (Co-operative)

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The Major in Archaeology (Co-operative) Education (ACE) allows Archaeology students to apply skills in a variety of settings. The program is available to full-time Archaeology majors only.

The ACE Program is an extension of the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Arts Honours programs. The program is administered by the designated Academic Staff Member in Co-operative Education (ASM-CE) for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. With the help of the ASM-CE and the Department of Archaeology, students will seek placement opportunities within the Province, within Canada, and internationally.

Students who participate in the ACE program must meet the requirements listed under the 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.

15.2.6.1 Admission Requirements
  1. Admission to the ACE program is limited and selective.

  2. Applicants should note that it is possible to apply to enter the ACE program only in the Fall semester of each academic year. ACE application forms and the application deadline are available at www.mun.ca/archaeology/ace.

  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. Applicants may be asked to attend an interview.

  4. To be eligible for admission to the ACE program an applicant must have successfully completed a minimum of 30 credit hours with an overall average of at least 65%. All applicants must have successfully completed Archaeology 1000 (or the former 1030) and 2480 and an Archaeology Field School or Lab 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.

  5. 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 and the designated ASM-CE.

15.2.6.2 Program of Study
  1. Promotion from each term requires a passing grade in all required major courses and an overall average of at least 65% in all courses including electives. A student who fails a required major course, fails to maintain the overall average of 65% and/or does not maintain full-time status will not be promoted to the next term and will be required to withdraw from the ACE program.

  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 or lab school) and two Work Terms. A student wishing to change the sequence of the work terms must first consult with the ACE Coordinator, the designated ASM-CEs and receive written approval from the Head of the Department or delegate.

  3. A student may wish to follow Table 4 Suggested Course Progression for Major/Honours in Archaeology (Co-operative) outlined below under the Honours in Archaeology (Co-operative). A student is encouraged to meet with the Undergraduate Liaison early in the program in order to establish a course pattern that satisfies the regulations for this program.

  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 equivalent to a full-time course load with no time for additional course work.

15.2.6.3 Work Term Placement
  1. Students are ultimately responsible for securing their work term placements. ASM-CEs provide support for the job search and inform students of potential opportunities.

  2. A student who applies for admission to the ACE program gives permission to the University to provide a copy of the student’s resume and university transcript to potential employers.

  3. A student is required to complete professional development seminars offered by the designated ASM-CE.

  4. A student who is enrolled in the ACE Program may independently obtain a work term placement in consultation with the ASM-CE. Such employment positions must satisfy the criteria for work terms, be confirmed by the employer, and must be approved by the ASM-CE before the first day of the work term according to the Co-operative Education website.

  5. Work terms are normally 12-16 weeks in duration, full-time and paid. Remuneration for work terms are determined by employers based on their internal wage structures.

  6. The start and end dates for each work term are shown on the Co-operative Education website.

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

  2. The Work Term evaluations shall consist of two components:

    1. On-the-job Student Performance:

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

    2. Work Term Assignment(s):

    • One or more work term assignment(s) as outlined in the course syllabus. Evaluation of the work term assignment(s) 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 assignment(s) will result in one of the following final grades being awarded:

    • Pass with Distinction: Indicates a classification of OUTSTANDING in both the work term assignment(s) and the job performance.

    • Pass: Indicates a classification of ABOVE EXPECTATIONS, SATISFACTORY, and/or MARGINAL PASS for the work term assignment(s) and the job performance or an overall grade of OUTSTANDING in only one of the two components.

    • Fail: Indicates a classification of FAIL in the work term assignment(s) and/or the job performance.

    For promotion from the Work Term, a student must obtain at least a Pass in the applicable work term course. 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. A student will not be eligible to continue in the ACE program if the student: withdraws from a Work Term subsequent to a job placement without acceptable cause and/or without prior approval from both the ASM-CE and the Department of Archaeology; fails to honour an agreement to work with an employer; and/or conducts themselves in such a manner as to cause their discharge from the job.

15.2.7 Honours Major in Archaeology (Co-operative)

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15.2.7.1 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.

15.2.7.2 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% and/or does not maintain full-time status will not be promoted to the next term and will be required to withdraw from the ACE program. 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. A student 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.

  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 equivalent to a full-time course load with no time for additional course work.

  5. A student may wish to follow Table 4 Suggested Course Progression for Major/Honours in Archaeology (Co-operative) outlined below. A student is encouraged to meet with the Undergraduate Liaison early in the program in order to establish a course pattern that satisfies the regulations for this program.

Table 4 Suggested Course Progression for Major/Honours in Archaeology (Co-operative)

Year

Courses

Year 1

  • ARCH 1000 (or the former 1030)
  • ARCH 2480

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 2583 or the former 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)
15.2.7.3 Work Term Placement

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

15.2.7.4 Registration and Evaluation of Performance

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

15.2.8 Regulations for the International Bachelor of Arts (iBA)

In addition to completing the normal requirements for a Bachelor of Arts and one of a Joint Honours, Honours, Major or Minor in Archaeology, students may elect to complete requirements for the International Bachelor of Arts (iBA). As part of the minimum 120 credit hours, a student may use eligible credit hours in Archaeology to jointly satisfy other requirements of the iBA degree. When selecting courses, a student is encouraged to consult with an academic advisor early in the program and to consider Table 1 Possible Course Sequencing for the First 45 credit hours of the Bachelor of Arts.

15.2.9 Diploma in Ancient Worlds

The Department of Archaeology administers the Diploma in Ancient Worlds. Credit hours in Archaeology may be eligible to jointly fulfill requirements of a degree and a diploma and/or a certificate. For further information about this program, see Diploma Programs Offered in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, or contact the program coordinator.

15.2.10 Certificate in Indigenous Studies

The Department of Archaeology administers the Certificate in Indigenous Studies. Credit hours in Archaeology may be eligible to jointly fulfill requirements of a degree and a certificate. For further information about this program, see Certificate Programs Offered in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, or contact the program coordinator.