The Bachelor of Archaeology requires three years of full-time study (or the equivalent part-time) and the honours program an additional year (or the equivalent part-time). The course is offered by the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.

Enrolment in the honours program may be offered to a student who meets certain academic criteria and subject to the College being able to provide appropriate resources and staff to supervise the program of study.

Some option topics are provided by the University of Adelaide and require students to attend lectures at that institution.

Admission requirements

The minimum requirements for consideration for entry to all undergraduate courses are specified in detail in the University Entry Requirements. 

Course aims

The Bachelor of Archaeology aims to:

  • provide students with a substantial grounding in all aspects of archaeology as part of a preparation for a professional career in archaeology or related areas
  • provide a particular focus on global archaeology and how the study of archaeology interrelates with human behaviour and society- past and present
  • achieve a balance in the methodological, theoretical and practical aspects of archaeology.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course students will:

  • be able to demonstrate a substantial understanding of archaeology as it is practised globally
  • be able to communicate archaeological knowledge and practice, both in writing and verbally, to a range of audiences
  • possess a detailed knowledge of the theoretical and methodological aspects of archaeology in relation to the historical establishment of the discipline worldwide
  • possess the ability to apply problem solving skills in a range of archaeological contexts
  • possess the ability to assess how material culture can provide an additional source of data to improve knowledge about human behavioural variability in past and contemporary societies.

Program of study

To qualify for The Bachelor of Archaeology, a student must complete 108 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study:

  • 49.5 units of Core topics;
  • 18 units of designated Archaeology option topics; and
  • 40.5 units of designated non-Archaeology option topics, comprising 13.5 units at First Level and 27 units at Upper Level.

Students will be provided with a list of option topics related to the following specialist areas:

  • Ancient Civilizations
  • Historical Archaeology
  • Human Evolution
  • Indigenous Archaeology
  • Maritime Archaeology

There is no restriction of choice of option topics from any one of these specialist areas.

Core - Year 1 topics

 ARCH1001  Discovering Archaeology  (4.5 units)
 ARCH1002  From the Palaeolithic to Pompeii: An Exploration of World Archaeology  (4.5 units)
 ARCH1005  Cultural Anthropology: Human Diversity through Film  (4.5 units)
 ARCH1006  Sex, Death and Ritual in the Ancient World  (4.5 units)
 COMS1001  Academic and Professional Communication (4.5 units)

Option - Year 1 Non-Archaeology topics

plus 13.5 units of First Level designated option topics listed below:

Any first year AUST topics
Any first year BIOL topics
Any first year CHEM topics
Any first year EASC topics
Any first year ENVS topics
Any first year GEOG topics
Any first year HIST topics
INNO1001  Innovative and Creative Thinking: Recognizing Opportunities  (4.5 units)
NMCY1001  Academic and Professional Numeracy  (4.5 units)

Up to 9 units of option topics may be taken from the following:

 ANTH1104  Culture and Society: Foundations of Anthropology (4.5 units)*
 ANTH1105  Anthropology of Everyday Life  (4.5 units)*
 CLAS1003  Private Lives and Public Spectacles in Greece and Rome  (4.5 units)*
 CLAS1004  The Ancient World through Film  (4.5 units)*

Core - Year 2 topics

 ARCH2106  Archaeological Field Methods  (4.5 units)
 ARCH2202  Archaeology of the First Australians  (4.5 units)
 ARCH2212  The Archaeology of Modern Society  (4.5 units)
 ARCH2213  Human Evolution and the Fossil Record  (4.5 units)

Option - Year 2 Archaeology topics

plus 4.5 units of topics from the following:

 ARCH2203  Australian Historical Artefacts  (4.5 units)
 ARCH2204  Australian Maritime Archaeology  (4.5 units)
 ARCH2207  The Archaeological Imagination: Fact, fantasy and fiction in archaeological interpretation  (4.5 units)
 ARCH2209  The Archaeology of Art  (4.5 units)
 ARCH2211  Ships and Seafaring in the Indian Ocean  (4.5 units)
 ARCH2214  Europe before Europe, from Mesolithic to Medieval  (4.5 units)
 ARCH2216  Seafaring in the Ancient World  (4.5 units)

Option - Year 2 Non-Archaeology topics

plus 13.5 units of topics selected from the following:

 Any second year AUST topics where pre-requisites are met (4.5 units)
 Any second year BIOL topics where pre-requisites are met (4.5 units)
 Any second year CHEM topics where pre-requisites are met (4.5 units)
 Any second year CLAS* topics where pre-requisites are met (4.5 units)
 Any second year EASC topics where pre-requisites are met (4.5 units)
 Any second year ENVS topics where pre-requisites are met (4.5 units)
 Any second year GEOG topics where pre-requisites are met (4.5 units)
 Any second year HIST topics where pre-requisites are met (4.5 units)
 ANTH2040 Ethnography: Engaged Social Research (4.5 units)*
 ANTH2052 Australia: Communities, Connection, Contestation (4.5 units)*
 ANTH2053 Life, Death and Culture (4.5 units)*

Core - Year 3 topics

 ARCH3107  History of Archaeological Thought  (4.5 units)
 ARCH3109  Environmental Archaeology  (4.5 units)

Option - Year 3 Archaeology topics

plus 13.5 units of topics selected from the following:

 ARCH2203  Australian Historical Artefacts  (4.5 units)
 ARCH2204  Australian Maritime Archaeology  (4.5 units)
 ARCH2207  The Archaeological Imagination: Fact, fantasy and fiction in archaeological interpretation  (4.5 units)
 ARCH2209  The Archaeology of Art  (4.5 units)
 ARCH2211  Ships and Seafaring in the Indian Ocean  (4.5 units)
 ARCH3204  Archaeology of Native North America  (4.5 units)
 ARCH3207  Frameworks in Historical Archaeology  (4.5 units)
 ARCH3208  History and Issues in Maritime Archaeology  (4.5 units)
 ARCH3214  The Human Skeleton  (4.5 units)
 ARCH3313  Archaeology in the Field  (4.5 units)

Option - Year 3 Non-Archaeology topics

plus 13.5 units of topics selected from the following:

 Any third year AUST topics where pre-requisites are met (4.5 units)
 Any third year BIOL topics where pre-requisites are met (4.5 units)
 Any third year CHEM topics where pre-requisites are met (4.5 units)
 Any third year CLAS* topics where pre-requisites are met (4.5 units)
 Any third year EASC topics where pre-requisites are met (4.5 units)
 Any third year ENVS topics where pre-requisites are met (4.5 units)
 Any third year GEOG topics where pre-requisites are met (4.5 units)
 Any third year HIST topics where pre-requisites are met (4.5 units)
 ANTH3100 Anthropology Today: Experience, Power, Practice (4.5 units)*

* University of Adelaide topics
        

Honours

A student who has completed all the requirements of the Bachelor of Archaeology, or another qualification which the Faculty Board agrees is equivalent, may be accepted as a candidate for the honours degree providing a sufficiently high standard has been achieved in fulfilling the requirements for the Bachelor degree.

Refer to Bachelor of Archaeology (Honours)

Combined degrees

The Bachelor of Archaeology may also be studied in a combined degrees program with: