Archaeology is the study of the human past through material remains. Whether found on the rolling fields of Guatemala, an island in the Mediterranean or a palace in Israel, archaeology analyzes the physical remains of the past in pursuit of a comprehensive understanding of human culture. Students majoring in archaeology are given a solid foundation in the theories, methods, and diverse approaches that archaeologists use to answer important questions about cultural diversity and social change through time and across vast geographic regions.
The major in archaeology allows students to specialize in one of three culture areas: Ancient Near East, Classical Mediterranean, or Latin America. Students majoring in archaeology can focus on topics of particular interest to them, with opportunities to participate in one or more of the college-sponsored archaeology projects:
- Lycoming College Expedition to Idalion, Cyprus
- Tel Gezer Excavation and Publication Project, Israel
- Altar de Sacrificios Archaeological Project, Guatemala
Students also can study a number of ancient languages that help illuminate the function of artifacts found at active dig sites and the culture that created them.
Beyond a career in archaeology, students also translate the skills and knowledge they acquire in archaeology into museum curation, historic preservation, education, and antiquities trade law enforcement, among many other careers.
Students who are majoring in other fields and have a strong interest in the ancient world can minor in archaeology.