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Archaeology and Heritage Studies (BA)

Archaeology and Heritage Studies (BA)

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Artifacts, architecture, human remains and environmental evidence all provide valuable clues for the reconstruction of past ways of life.

In our Archaeology and Heritage Studies program, you'll be trained in the methods of field archaeology and analytical techniques used in modern archaeology as you seek to learn about the human past through the study of the physical remains left behind by past cultures.

Program Highlights

  • co-op-icon.jpgCo-op is available (apply after first year).
  • Our Archaeology and Heritage Studies program is the only such program in Canada that requires mandatory participation in field projects as a degree requirement.
  • Work-study and volunteer opportunities are available each year for students wishing to assist professors in their research projects.
  • Class sizes are capped at 40 for third-year courses and 20-36 for fourth-year courses, including the capstone course experience.
  • You can easily combine this program with a second major, such as Geography, Ancient Studies, Medieval Studies, Religion and Culture, Anthropology or History.

First-Year Courses

  • Invitation to Archaeology

  • Doing Archaeology

In addition, you'll choose 4.0 elective credits in courses that interest you. For detailed information, visit Program Requirements.

Admission Requirements

We encourage applicants of all academic backgrounds to apply.

Ontario High School Curriculum

  • Minimum admission range: low 70s.
  • Competitive admission range, based on last year’s admitted students: low 80s.
  • English at 60%.

Other Curriculums

Visit our admission requirements section to find specific requirements for international curriculums, other Canadian curriculums, transfer students and more.

Design Your Degree

These are a few popular academic opportunities that allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • Applied Digital Option
  • Sustainability Option
  • Medieval Studies Minor
  • History Minor
  • Geography/Geomatics courses

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

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