Archaeological Studies

Engaged Archaeological Studies

Engaged Archaeological Studies takes what you’re learning in your courses and puts it into practice through internships, research, study away, winter term, career exploration, and beyond.

Here’s a sampling of recent projects, field experiences, and post-graduate destinations for archaeological studies majors.

RISE at Oberlin
Research. Internships. Study Away. Experiential Learning.

Ways Archaeological Studies Majors Rise


  • The Karanis Housing Project: An Interactive Map of the University of Michigan Excavations at Karanis, Egypt
  • Documenting Oberlin’s Indigenous Arctic Ethnology Collection
  • Hydrology and Terracing in the Monte Pallano Area of Abruzzo, Italy
  • Mapping Mikt’sqaq Angayuk: A GIS Analysis of a Nineteenth-Century Sod House
  • The Role of Millet in Pre-Roman Italy


  • University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • Denver Museum of Nature and Science
  • Historic Annapolis Lost Towns Project
  • Museum intern, South County History Center, Rhode Island

Study Away

  • Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome
  • University College London Institute of Archaeology
  • Oberlin-in-London 2019: Earth Science and Material Culture
  • The School for Field Studies, Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies, Panama

Experiential Learning

  • Archaeological Field Schools through the Institute for Field Research (IFR)
  • Oberlin Archaeology Society (student club)
  • Collections research opportunities with the Oberlin College Ethnographic Collection, Oberlin Near East Study Collection, Allen Memorial Art Museum, and Terrell Library Special Collections
  • Oberlin College-College of Wooster chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) (2 major annual lectures)

First Destinations of Recent Archaeological Studies Majors

  • Graduate Schools:
    • PhD programs in archaeology or anthropology at Brown University; University of Michigan; University of California, Berkeley; Princeton University
    • MA program in bioarchaeology, University College of London
    • MSc program in conservation practice, Cardiff University
    • MA in heritage management, University of Kent
    • JD, Rutgers School of Law
  • Positions:
    • Fulbright Scholar
    • Education coordinator, Metropolitan Museum of Art
    • Field researcher, Arkansas Archaeological Survey
    • Contract specialist, YRCI Management Consulting
    • Field inventory specialist, TEI Biosciences
    • College coach, College Possible
    • AmeriCorps City Year Cleveland
    • Conservation intern, Rika Smith McNally & Associates
    • Invertebrate paleontology intern, American Museum of Natural History, NYC
    • Research assistant, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology