The Archaeology concentration at CSU focuses on the Americas and includes prehistoric and historic archaeology. The faculty members of this sub-discipline have expertise in:

  • Rocky Mountain and Plains Archaeology
  • Paleo-Indian Studies
  • Hunter-Gatherer Ecology
  • Taphonomy
  • Zooarchaeology
  • Public Archaeology
  • Andean Archaeology
  • Inca and Spanish Empires
  • Mining Communities
  • Mesoamerican Archaeology
  • Landscape Archaeology
  • Legacies of Resilience Project (LORE-LPG)

Special resources include the Center for Mountain and Plains Archaeology; the MesoAmerican lab; and the Cultural Resources section of the Center for the Ecological Study of Military Lands. The archaeology program sponsors an annual field school each summer and houses the CSU Archaeological Repository.

Effective Spring 2015

Freshman
AUCCCredits
Select one from the following: 3
Introductory Cultural Anthropology (GT-SS3)3C 
Cultures and the Global System (GT-SS3)3E 
ANTH 120Human Origins and Variation (GT-SC2)3A3
ANTH 121Human Origins and Variation Laboratory (GT-SC1)3A1
ANTH 140Introduction to Prehistory (GT-HI1)3D3
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
Additional Humanities3 3
Mathematics1B3
Electives 11
 Total Credits 30
Sophomore
 
ANTH 360Archaeological Investigation 3
Select one course from the following: 3
Exploring Earth: Physical Geology (GT-SC2)3A 
The Blue Planet: Geology of Our Environment (GT-SC2)3A 
Geology of Natural Resources (GT-SC2)3A 
GEOL 121Introductory Geology Laboratory (GT-SC1)3A1
GR 100Introduction to Geography (GT-SS2)3C3
Additional Natural Sciences4 6
Additional Social Sciences5 6
Arts and Humanities3B6
Select one from the following: 3
3E 
3C 
 Total Credits 31
Junior
 
Select one course from the following: 3
Quantifying Anthropology  
Introduction to Statistical Methods  
Introduction to Biostatistics  
Statistics for Behavioral Sciences I  
ANTH 400History of Anthropological Thought4B3
Select one of the following Archaeological Concepts and Practice courses not taken in another category: 3-8
Hunter-Gatherer Ecology  
Impacts on Ancient Environments  
Archaeology and the Public  
Field Class in Archaeology  
Anthropological Report Preparation  
Heritage Resource Management  
Select one of the following Archaeological Methods courses not taken in another category: 3
Geoarchaeology  
Human Osteology  
Lithic Technology  
Zooarchaeology  
Select one of the following biological anthropology courses not taken in another category: 3
Human Ecology  
Primates  
Human Osteology  
Human Evolution  
Human Biological Variation  
Evolution of Primate Behavior  
Evolution of Human Adaptation  
Paleontology Field School  
Human Biology  
The Neandertals  
Methods of Analysis in Paleoanthropology  
Seminar: Biological Anthropology  
Select one of the following cultural anthropology courses not taken in another category: 3-8
Peoples and Cultures of Africa  
Modern Indian Culture and Society  
Modernization and Development  
Southeast Asian Cultures and Societies  
Latin American Peasantries  
The Anthropology of Religion4A 
Cultural Change  
Narrative Traditions and Social Experience  
Language and Culture  
Art and Culture  
Gender and Anthropology  
Medical Anthropology  
Applied Medical Anthropology  
Indians of North America  
Indigenous Peoples Today  
Development in Indian Country  
Indigenous Ecologies and the Modern World  
Comparative Legal Systems  
Cultural Psychiatry4A 
Theory in Cultural Anthropology  
Method in Cultural Anthropology  
Ethnographic Field School  
Ethnographic Field Methods  
Cultures of Virtual Worlds--Research Methods  
Psychological Anthropology4A 
New Orleans and the Caribbean  
Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation  
International Development Theory and Practice  
Advanced Writing23
Electives 0-9
 Total Credits 30-31
Senior
 
Students must take ANTH 493 concurrently with one of the courses listed in the selection below it:  
ANTH 4936Capstone Seminar4C1
Select one of the following AUCC 4A courses not taken in another category:6 3
Hunter-Gatherer Ecology4A 
Andean Archaeology and Ethnohistory4A 
Archaeology of Mesoamerica4A 
Impacts on Ancient Environments4A 
Great Plains Archaeology4A 
Archaeology and the Public4A 
Anthropological Report Preparation4A 
Select one of the following Place and Space in Archaeology courses not taken in another category: 3
Archaeology of North America  
Archaeology of Europe and Africa  
Colorado Prehistory  
Andean Archaeology and Ethnohistory  
Archaeology of Mesoamerica  
Great Plains Archaeology  
Seminar: Archaeology  
Additional Humanities3 3
Additional Social Sciences5 3
Electives7 15-16
 Total Credits 28-29
 Program Total Credits: 120
1

ANTH 100 fulfills category 3C in the All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC). Taking ANTH 100 in the freshman year will eliminate the requirement for 3 credits of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the sophomore year. If ANTH 200 is chosen in the freshman year instead, then 3 credits of Social and Behavioral Sciences will be required in the sophomore year, selected from the list of courses in category 3C of the AUCC.

2

ANTH 200 fulfills AUCC category 3E. Taking ANTH 200 in the freshman year will eliminate the requirement for 3 credits of Global and Cultural Awareness in the sophomore year. If ANTH 100 is chosen in the freshman year, then 3 credits of Global and Cultural Awareness will be required in the sophomore year, selected from the list of courses in category 3E of the AUCC.

3

Additional Humanities courses taken in the freshman and senior years for a total of six credits must include two subject codes, selected from among the following: ART, D, CO, E, ETST 430, L***, LB 192 (Arts and Humanities sections only), MU, PHIL, SPCM, TH.

4

Select 6 credits including two subject codes from the following: AA, BMS, BIO, BZ, CHEM, GEOL, GR 210, LIFE, MATH, NR, NSCI, PH, SOCR, and STAT.

5

Select a total of 9 credits over the sophomore, junior and senior years as shown and including at least two subject codes from the following: ECON, HIST, JTC, POLS, PSY, SOC, LB 192 (social science sections only), ETST (except ETST 430).

6

ANTH 493 must be taken concurrently with one of the AUCC 4A cultural anthropology courses listed with ANTH 493 in the senior year. Using Competencies (AUCC 4A) must be taken concurrently with ANTH 493. Courses approved for AUCC category 4A taken in the sophomore, junior, or senior year and not concurrently with ANTH 493 and not included in the approved list in the program will not count toward completion of the 4A requirement for this major. Students taking Senior Honors Thesis (HONR 499, 3 credits) also are required to register for ANTH 493 (1 credit).

7

Select enough elective credits to bring the program total to a minimum of 120 credits, of which at least 42 must be upper-division (300 to 400-level).

Freshman
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:   3
Introductory Cultural Anthropology (GT-SS3)X 3C 
Cultures and the Global System (GT-SS3)X 3E 
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2) X1A3
Mathematics X1B3
Additional Humanities (See allowable subject codes on Concentration Requirements Tab) X 3
Elective   3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
ANTH 120Human Origins and Variation (GT-SC2)X 3A3
ANTH 121Human Origins and Variation Laboratory (GT-SC1)X 3A1
ANTH 140Introduction to Prehistory (GT-HI1)X 3D3
Electives   8
AUCC 1B (MATH), CO 150, Additional Humanities must be completed by the end of Semester 2.X   
 Total Credits   15
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:   3
Exploring Earth: Physical Geology (GT-SC2)  3A 
The Blue Planet: Geology of Our Environment (GT-SC2)  3A 
Geology of Natural Resources (GT-SC2)  3A 
GEOL 121Introductory Geology Laboratory (GT-SC1)  3A1
GR 100Introduction to Geography (GT-SS2)  3C3
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Additional Natural Sciences (See allowable subject codes on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3
Additional Social Sciences (See allowable subject codes on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3
 Total Credits   16
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
ANTH 360Archaeological Investigation   3
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Select one course from the following:   3
X 3E 
X 3C 
Additional Natural Science (See allowable subject codes on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3
Additional Social Science (See allowable subject codes on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3
 Total Credits   15
Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:   3
Quantifying Anthropology    
Introduction to Statistical Methods    
Introduction to Biostatistics    
Statistics for Behavioral Sciences I    
Advanced Writing  23
Select one Archaeological Concepts and Practice course not taken in another category (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3-8
Select one Archaeological Methods course not taken in another category (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3
Select one Biological Anthropology course not taken in another category (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3
 Total Credits   15-20
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
ANTH 400History of Anthropological ThoughtX 4B3
Select one Cultural Anthropology course not taken in another category (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3-8
Electives   0-9
 Total Credits   11-15
Senior
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Additional Humanities (See allowable subject codes on Concentration Requirements Tab) X 3
Additional Social Sciences (See allowable subject codes on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3
Electives   9
 Total Credits   15
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
ANTH 493Capstone SeminarX 4C1
AUCC 4A: Select one course not taken elsewhere from the AUCC 4A List on the Concentration Requirements TabX 4A3
Select one Place and Space in Archaeology course not taken in another category (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)X  3
ElectivesX  6-7
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   13-14
 Program Total Credits:   120