Minor in Archaeology
Wayne State University has been a leader in the field of archaeology for the past 60 years. Our archaeology students enjoy participating in hands-on, cutting-edge fieldwork, labwork, and experimental research in Detroit and around the world. Our graduates are employed in a wide range of government, non-profit, museum, laboratory, cultural resource management, education, media, and legal jobs.
Archaeology is the study of past human cultures through material remains; it is one of the sub-fields of the discipline of anthropology. Archaeology is inherently interdisciplinary and draws upon concepts and techniques from the hard sciences to the humanities.
The minor in archaeology introduces particular skill sets, concepts, and competencies to students who wish to gain expertise in the field and/or to apply archaeology to their expertise in other disciplines. It is also relevant for students who intend to explore the many career trajectories associated with archaeology (e.g., heritage, museums, preservation, cultural property law, urban planning, cultural resource management, public programming, education).
Skill sets developed by archaeology students are transferable to careers in professional archaeology and in a range of other fields, including international studies, cultural heritage and preservation, museums, cultural ecology, and spatial and material analyses. The archaeology minor is open to all Wayne State undergraduates except those already majoring in anthropology. The minor is well-suited to undergraduate students majoring in the following fields and topics: biology, chemistry, education, engineering, geology, history, physics, public policy, prelaw, pre-med, classical and modern languages, urban planning, art, design, among others.