For more information on the admission process, please visit the Office of Undergraduate Admissions website. Applications may be submitted via the Common Application.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
The George Washington University
800 21st Street NW, Suite 100
Washington DC 20052

Contact for questions:
gwadm@gwu.edu or 202-994-6040

The bachelor of arts with a major in archaeology is an interdepartmental program offered by the Department of Anthropology in cooperation with the Department of Arts and Art History and the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.

Additional curriculum requirements:

Language requirement
Students must complete 12 credits or demonstrate equivalent skill in French, Spanish, German, Italian, Arabic, Hebrew, Latin, or Greek.
Students whose preparation allows them to waive this requirement are encouraged to begin study of a second language. Graduate study in archaeology usually requires knowledge of two or more languages besides English, and students intending advanced study should consult with an advisor early in their program.
Course requirements
Core courses
ANTH 1002Sociocultural Anthropology
ANTH 1003Archaeology
ANTH 3838Theory and Practice in Archaeology
or ANTH 3838W Theory and Practice in Archaeology
Field and laboratory work
One or two courses (3 or 6 credits) from the following:
ANTH 3832Paleoanthropological Field Program
ANTH 3833Field Research: New World
ANTH 3834Field Research: Old World
ANTH 3835Historical Archaeology Field Program
ANTH 3839Lab Research Methods in Archaeology
ANTH 3995Undergraduate Research (With the advisor's approval.) *
ANTH 6806Technology (Qualified juniors and seniors with departmental approval.)
Anthropological archaeology
Four or five courses (12 or 15 credits) selected from the following. Students must take at least one course marked by an asterisk. A course taken toward this requirement cannot also count toward the “ancient civilizations” requirement, below. Either ANTH 2821 or ANTH 2822 and either ANTH 3812 or ANTH 3814 may count toward this requirement, but not both.
ANTH 2821Myths and Mysteries in Archaeology
ANTH 2822Archaeology in Film and Television
ANTH 3801African Roots from Australopithecus to Zimbabwe
or ANTH 3801W African Roots from Australopithecus to Zimbabwe
ANTH 3802Human Cultural Beginnings
or ANTH 3802W Human Cultural Beginnings
ANTH 3803Old World Prehistory: First Farmers to First Cities
or ANTH 3803W Old World Prehistory: First Farmers to First Cities
ANTH 3805Archaeology of Israel and Neighboring Lands *
or AH 3106 Art and Archaeology of Israel and Neighboring Lands
ANTH 3806Art and Archaeology of the Aegean Bronze Age *
or AH 3104 Art and Archaeology of the Aegean Bronze Age
ANTH 3808Archaeology and the Celts *
or AH 3104 Art and Archaeology of the Aegean Bronze Age
ANTH 3811Historical Archaeology
ANTH 3812The Aztec Empire *
or AH 3116 The Aztec Empire
ANTH 3813Archaeology of North America *
ANTH 3814Ancient Mexican Civilizations *
or AH 3107 Ancient Mexican Civilizations
ANTH 3823Archaeology of Ritual and Religion
ANTH 3891Special Topics in Archaeology
Ancient civilizations
Five courses (15 credits) from the following, including at least one in each category below. Courses marked with an asterisk can count in only one category.
Art history
AH 3101Ancient Art of the Bronze Age and Greece
AH 3102Ancient Art of the Roman Empire
AH 3103Art and Archaeology of Egypt and the Near East
AH 3104Art and Archaeology of the Aegean Bronze Age
or ANTH 3806 Art and Archaeology of the Aegean Bronze Age
AH 3105Topics in Ancient Art and Archaeology *
or CLAS 3115 Topics in Ancient Art and Archaeology
AH 3106Art and Archaeology of Israel and Neighboring Lands *
or ANTH 3805 Archaeology of Israel and Neighboring Lands
AH 3107Ancient Mexican Civilizations
AH 3117Special Topics in Precolumbian Art and Archaeology *
or ANTH 3891 Special Topics in Archaeology
Classics
CLAS 2105Special Topics
CLAS 2106Mythology of the Classical World
CLAS 2107Greek and Roman Drama
CLAS 3114Topics in Ancient Literatures and Cultures
CLAS 3115Topics in Ancient Art and Archaeology *
or AH 3105 Topics in Ancient Art and Archaeology
History
HIST 2112History of Ancient Greece
or CLAS 2112 History of Ancient Greece
HIST 2113The Roman World to 337 A.D.
or CLAS 2113 The Roman World to 337 A.D.
HIST 2803The Ancient Near East and Egypt to 322 B.C.
or CLAS 2803 The Ancient Near East and Egypt to 322 B.C.
HIST 2804History of Ancient Israel
or CLAS 2804 History of Ancient Israel
HIST 3111Topics in Ancient History
Archaeology of ancient civilizations
ANTH 2821Myths and Mysteries in Archaeology
ANTH 3804Origins of the State and Urban Society
ANTH 3805Archaeology of Israel and Neighboring Lands *
or AH 3106 Art and Archaeology of Israel and Neighboring Lands
ANTH 3806Art and Archaeology of the Aegean Bronze Age *
or AH 3104 Art and Archaeology of the Aegean Bronze Age
ANTH 3808Archaeology and the Celts *
or AH 3116 The Aztec Empire
ANTH 3812The Aztec Empire *
ANTH 3813Archaeology of North America *
ANTH 3814Ancient Mexican Civilizations *
or AH 3107 Ancient Mexican Civilizations
ANTH 3891Special Topics in Archaeology *
or AH 3117 Special Topics in Precolumbian Art and Archaeology
No course may count toward more than one requirement for the major.

In addition to the University General Education Requirement, undergraduate students in Columbian College must complete a further, College-specific general education curriculum—Perspective, Analysis, Communication, or G-PAC. Together with the University General Education Requirement, G-PAC engages students in active intellectual inquiry across the liberal arts. Students achieve a set of learning outcomes that enhance their analytical skills, develop their communication competencies, and invite them to participate as responsible citizens who are attentive to issues of culture, diversity, and privilege.

G-PAC approved courses, Dean's Seminars, and Sophomore Colloquia that may be available for registration are listed on the CCAS Advising website.

Coursework for the University General Education Requirement is distributed as follows:

  • Writing—one approved course in university writing and two approved writing in the disciplines (WID) courses.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical or creative thinking skills.
  • Mathematics or Statistics—one approved course in either mathematics or statistics.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry.
  • Social Sciences—two approved courses in the social sciences.

Coursework for the Columbian College general education curriculum is distributed as follows:

  • Arts—one approved course in the arts that involves the study or creation of artwork based on an understanding or interpretation of artistic traditions or knowledge of art in a contemporary context.
  • Global or Cross-Cultural Perspective—one approved course that analyzes the ways in which institutions, practices, and problems transcend national and regional boundaries.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical thinking skills (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement).
  • Local or Civic Engagement—one approved course that develops the values, ethics, disciplines, and commitment to pursue responsible public action.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement.
  • Oral Communication—one course in oral communication.

Certain courses are approved to fulfill the requirement in more than one of these categories.

Courses taken in fulfillment of G-PAC also may be counted toward majors or minors. Transfer courses taken prior to, but not after, admission to George Washington University may count toward the University General Education Requirement and G-PAC, if those transfer courses are equivalent to GW courses that have been approved by the University and the College.

For Special Honors in anthropology, archaeology, or biological anthropology, a major must meet the special honors requirements stated under University Regulations, have a grade-point average of 3.5 or better in courses required for the major, register for 3 credits of ANTH 3995 Undergraduate Research and write a paper of special distinction arising out of a program of directed reading or research. Students must confer with an advisor before beginning the work.