Undergraduate Study

Archaeologists employ material culture to study our human past. A major in Archaeology will equip you with the intellectual and practical skills to gather, analyse and interpret primary archaeological evidence in order to answer questions about prehistoric and historic societies.

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Pathway through the major

A major in Archaeology requires 36 senior credit points in Archaeology which must include ARCA2635 Explanation and Theory in Archaeology and at least 6 credit points at 3000 level (each unit of study is worth 6 credit points). Archaeology units of study that are on offer in 2014 can be found here

A complete list of units of study available to the Archaeology major can be found here. Please note that this list is for information purposes only and not all units of study will be on offer each year.

Junior units of study (1000 level)

In your first year you will complete two foundation units - ARCA1000 Early Humans: Hunters and Farmers and ARCA1001 Ancient Civilisations. No prior knowledge of Archaeology is assumed.

You may replace one of the junior Archaeology units with one of the following units that are offered from outside the Archaeology department:
ANHS1600 Foundations for Ancient Greece
ANHS1601 Foundations for Ancient Rome
ANTH1001 Cultural Difference: An Introduction
ARHT1001 Art and Experience
HSTY1089 Australia: Conflict and Transformation

Senior-intermediate units of study (2000 level)

A major in Archaeology requires the completion of ARCA2635 Explanation and Theory in Archaeology. This compulsory unit will underpin your senior studies by introducing you to the main themes and approaches of enquiry that form the basis of archaeological study such as cultural systems, gender and ethnoarchaeology.

When choosing your 2000 level units, you should consider what balance you want between archaeological skills-based study (e.g., Field Methods, Digital Methods, Advanced Archaeology Practicum, Archaeological Principles and Practice), thematic Archaeology topics (e.g., Archaeology in Film, Global Dispersal of Humans, Mobility and the Sedentary Transition) and regionally specific units that include Asian, Australian, Classical and Middle Eastern Archaeology.

Senior-advanced units of study (3000 level)

A major in Archaeology requires completion of at least six credit points (or one unit of study) at 3000 level. To enrol in 3000 level units, students must have completed at least 18 credit points at 2000 level including ARCA2635.

All students who fulfil the requirements for entry are encouraged to apply for honours.


The Department offers a single honours program in Archaeology while letting students specialise in the subject area of their choice. Honours entry requires a credit average in 48 senior credit points in Archaeology.

Students intending to enrol in Archaeology Honours should normally have obtained credit or better results in one or more units at 3000 level.

Please note: from 2015 the minimum requirement for entry into Honours will increase to an average of 70% or above across 48 senior credit points in the intended subject area/s.