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Faculty of Arts & Science

Archaeology & Geography

What do you love? Do you enjoy learning about ancient civilizations? Does the idea of unearthing artifacts excite you? Do you like searching through collections and archives for clues to an historical puzzle you may not have all the pieces for?

Archaeology & Geography at uLethbridge

As a student in this program, you will learn various aspects of archaeological interpretation and have the opportunity to put them into practice in the field and in the laboratory. You will have the opportunity to combine the theoretical and methodological approaches of the discipline to give you a balanced and in-depth look at the subject.

Archaeology & Geography Courses. Course selections for the program will vary depending on your degree, but may include: • Materials Analysis • Human Geography • North American Archaeology • Physical Geography • Ancient Near East • Geographical Data & Analysis • Greece & Rome • Geographical Techniques • Geoarchaeology • Geographic Information • Field Excavation Systems (GIS) • Human Evolution • Remote Sensing

In addition to the core courses of the program, you will expand your studies in areas such as: anthropology, languages, human geography, physical geography, geology, GIS and remote sensing. These courses and others will prepare you for the multidisciplinary nature of archaeology and geography.

Minors. Adding a minor to your degree is a great way to explore academic interests beyond your major. A minor is a set of courses comprising a secondary focus of interest. It is generally not related to your major. A minor may be required or optional. Minors are not available in all programs.

The location of the University of Lethbridge offers an excellent centre for fieldbased research and teaching as it is situated in the coulees of the Oldman River, in close proximity to the Rocky Mountains, surrounded by rangelands and areas of intense agricultural activity within a few hours of large urban centers.

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Pursue the study of past human cultures and societies through the analysis of material remains. It is the interpretation of these artifacts that help us understand our past, allowing us to learn more about ourselves today.

The department also hosts a rock and fossil collection, an aerial photograph collection, soil laboratory equipment and a teaching map collection. Geographical Information Science. Archaeology & geography majors are encouraged to build on their knowledge with more advanced research methods in geographical information science (GIS). A notable area of strength at uLethbridge, GIS has become a growth area in research, teaching and employment for our graduates. These courses also benefit the study of archaeology and geography. The department hosts a GIS/remote sensing lab for teaching and student projects, as well as dedicated research and graduate student areas — all containing high-end computers and the latest hardware and software. Archaeology & Geography Degrees. The Department of Geography & Environment offers a multidisciplinary major in archaeology & geography for the 40-course Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree programs. You can also opt for a general major in the social sciences or sciences and select archaeology & geography as one of the three streams. In all geographybased programs, you are able to declare a concentration in GIS. •

Bachelor of Arts. In the BA program, you will explore archaeology and geography from a predominantly cultural perspective.

Bachelor of Science. BSc curriculum focuses on developing an in-depth understanding of the physical side of archaeology and geography, such as geomorphology, geology, GIS, human evolution and the scientific methods used in artifact analyses.

Honours Thesis. If your GPA is high enough in your fourth year, you can opt to complete an undergraduate thesis course. This is an excellent opportunity for you to earn an “Honours Thesis” designation on your degree. Student Clubs & Activities. The geography student club organizes many activities throughout the year. Joining these clubs is a great way to meet other students with similar interests and have some extracurricular fun!

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Our Faculty & Their Research

Your Future Prospects

Faculty members often involve students in their research projects and field studies. These projects use state-of-the-art facilities and equipment and collaborate with other departments, community members and employers on research projects.

Skills Acquired. In addition to developing exceptional communication skills, you will acquire critical and analytical problem solving skills, research and information management skills and improve your attention to detail. You will leave the program with a strong ability to summarize research findings, excel in lab and fieldwork, as well as cultivating in-depth knowledge of the diversity of ancient cultures across the planet.

You may also gain employment at a number of museums and with archaeological consulting companies. All these opportunities give you the chance to get additional hands-on experience. Current Research & Areas of Interest: • Alberta Archaeology • • Cultural Resource Management • • Near Eastern Archaeology • • Mediterranean Archaeology • • Ancient Languages & Literature • • Community Archaeology •

Excavation Methods Artifact Analysis Geoarchaeology Stratigraphic Analysis Remote Sensing & GIS Human & Environmental Change

Student Research Opportunities. There are opportunities for you to take part in digs every summer in addition to participating in laboratory work throughout the year. Faculty members conduct research that has local, national and international implications, such as archaeological excavations in Alberta, Europe and the Middle East, especially Israel.

Related Fields. Here are just a few of the options open to you once you’ve earned your degree: • Archaeological Assessment • Historic Resource Management Consultant • Cultural Resource Management • Conservator • Museum Curator • Exhibit Director • Museum Technician • Field Archaeologist • Parks or Historic Sites Interpreter You may also gain employment at a number of museums and with archaeological consulting companies. All these opportunities give you the chance to get additional hands-on experience. Graduate Studies. The University of Lethbridge’s School of Graduate Studies offers graduate programs, at the Master and Doctoral levels, spanning over 60 disciplines — so why not consider pursuing grad school right here in Lethbridge! Whether you choose to do your advanced studies at uLethbridge or another institution, know that your undergraduate degree has set you on the path to post-graduate success. Professional Disciplines. Your undergraduate degree in archaeology & geography provides an excellent foundation for law, journalism and education.

“As a student in archaeology & geography at uLethbridge I was able to participate in field and laboratory research which provided me with incredible hands-on experience. The professors are extremely supportive and engaged with me right from my first year.” Tara, BSc ‘15

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Put Your Knowledge to Work Whether you’re looking for a more in-depth learning experience by assisting with research projects or by testing your knowledge in a real-life setting, we can help. Combined with your required coursework, the programs outlined below will provide you with a solid foundation for further studies and an excellent framework for a challenging and rewarding career — whatever direction you decide to go.

Applied Studies

Applied Studies is a special opportunity offered to all uLethbridge students as a way to earn course credit for career-related paid, volunteer or community service work experience. This program is specially designed to allow you to integrate principles learned in the classroom in a practical work setting. For more information on Applied Studies, visit:

Co-operative Education

The Faculty of Arts & Science is proud to offer you the chance to participate in our co-op program — the only one of its kind in Alberta to offer co-op to all majors in arts and science. Co-op allows you to gain work experience directly related to your studies and make invaluable contacts in the workforce, all while earning a competitive salary. Completion of the program allows you to receive a co-op designation on your degree and, most importantly, a kick-start to your career the minute you graduate. For more information on Co-operative Education, visit:

Research & Independent Studies

In addition to your regular courses, you have the opportunity to participate in Independent Studies. You’re able to contribute to departmental activities by volunteering on research projects or through employment as a research assistant. If your GPA is high enough, you can also enrol in undergraduate thesis-based courses where research is a component of your studies. There are field school opportunities available in some disciplines, as well as many opportunities to study abroad. For current research or independent studies opportunities, contact the department directly.

Academic Advising Your decision to explore a university education is the first step toward a great future — now let us help you navigate your degree options at uLethbridge and set you on the road to success. Do you have questions about what field of study best suits you? Would you like help with program and registration planning and just can’t find the answers? If so, you should speak to an academic advisor today — advisors have the answers to these questions and many more. To learn more about the support services available to you through our academic advisors, visit: *This brochure should be used in conjunction with the University of Lethbridge calendar, which is the final authority regarding program requirements and academic regulations.

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Archaeology & Geography | University of Lethbridge  

Do you enjoy learning about ancient civilizations? Does the idea of unearthing artifacts excite you? Do you like searching through collectio...

Archaeology & Geography | University of Lethbridge  

Do you enjoy learning about ancient civilizations? Does the idea of unearthing artifacts excite you? Do you like searching through collectio...