The archaeology program at Lindenwood focuses on two areas: preparation for a job and preparation for graduate school. Our job prep focus is based upon the idea that the more practical experience that students have in this discipline, the better prepared they are for jobs in archaeology both over summers during college or in a career track. Experience is a key factor in the hiring process for both part-time and full-time positions in archaeology, whether the position is with a government agency or in the private sector. Students that take advantage of our practical experience opportunities will have an edge over other BA holders who only completed classes and a field school. The Archaeology Laboratory offers one opportunity for our students to gain experience. Archaeology Emphasis students of any experience level can work in the lab on specific projects and general artifact sorting and analysis, beginning in their Freshman year. Some paid positions in the lab will be available for experienced students. They will work on artifacts that are part of ongoing archaeological projects, not just comparative collections.
Other opportunities for experience exist through our field projects and field school. While most anthropology departments offer a summer field school, Lindenwood offers its anthropology students the chance to work on other field projects such as battlefield surveys, investigations of exposed shipwrecks, and surveys for new archaeological sites. These projects are conducted by the faculty and other professional archaeologists from around the United States and they also give the students exposure to different types of project activities as well as introduces them to the practice of professional networking.
Our coursework covers all general aspects of archaeology and adds more specific knowledge in Historic Archaeology (archaeology since European contact in North America) and Cultural Resource Management (the sub-field that employs the majority of archaeologists worldwide). Some courses even give students further field experience and/or opportunities to meet professional archaeologists from outside the university. Our core courses give students the foundation they need for graduate school in anthropology or related fields, and our electives give students a diverse offering of courses where they can both gain knowledge from varied subfields and build a program based on their personal interests.
Students are encouraged to attend annual, professional conferences in archaeology. Students interested in conducting research are also encouraged to present the results of their work at symposia and conferences.
Our courses and experience opportunities together provide a strong background for graduate school and the job market. We believe that our selection of courses and our extra experience opportunities in archaeology offer students interested in a career in archaeology, significant advantages not seen in other anthropology departments.
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