two students discussing material in archeology lab
Julian Hirsch ’20 (left) and Haley Jones ’17 catalogue Oberlin’s Herbert G. May teaching collection. The collection is from ancient Israel and the larger ancient Near East. Photo credit: Marissa Camino
Program Overview

Archaeological Studies

Program Type: Major
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Department: Archaeological Studies

Students who major in archaeological studies at Oberlin will experience interdepartmental offerings that cover a range of cultures—from prehistoric to early historic—in both the Old and New Worlds. This major program of study also introduces students to the skills and analytic tools that facilitate archaeological research.

Why Study Archaeological Studies at Oberlin?

Academic Courses
Study Away Programs
Associated Faculty

Sample Courses

  • ACHS 300 - Senior Project 4 credits
  • ACHS 400 - Honors 4 credits

Archaeological Studies Faculty

Archaeological studies faculty members represent disciplines related to the field of archaeology, including classics, religion, anthropology, and geology. They offer opportunities for students to do field research, laboratory analysis, internships, and more.

Explore Faculty within Archaeological Studies

“The Archaeological Studies program is one of only two at Oberlin that requires students to take classes across all three divisions of the college. Because of this, I love teaching Archaeological Studies majors because they are so good at synthesizing data from diverse sets of information. Their enthusiasm for ancient civilizations, modern museum studies, and material culture are contagious and make my job more fun.”

Amanda Schmidt, Associate Professor of Geology
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Archaeological Studies News

Associate Professor of Anthropology Amy Margaris

Reunifying Oberlin’s Natural History Collection

August 29, 2017
Associate Professor of Anthropology Amy Margaris ’96 along with other faculty and staff members on campus are working to digitize the college’s many “dangling collections”—objects and specimens spread across various campus buildings that at one time had a home in the college’s natural history museum.