What will I learn?

Our Archaeology and Heritage Studies program explores areas of faculty research expertise in the archaeology of the New World and the Ancient Mediterranean World. The program focuses on the cultures of North America, in both the pre-contact and post-contact periods after the arrival of Europeans, and the ancient societies of Greece, Rome and the Near East.

You'll be trained in the methods of field archaeology and analytical techniques used in modern archaeology within the context of the larger field of heritage conservation and preservation. Courses in this program are a mixture of theory and the practical applications of that theory. The practical applications will be conducted in our archaeological laboratories where studies in material culture are conducted. Experiential learning, which in many cases leads to careers in the heritage field, is one of the programs core strengths.

This program is flexible and prerequisites are only for a few third- and fourth-year courses. You must complete a core set of required courses and make up the remainder of required credits from a list of non-required courses. Specialization is possible but most students choose from an array of courses reflecting each faculty member's expertise.

Program Highlights

  • 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.

Sample Courses

  • Amorous Aphrodite to Zesty Zeus: An Archaeological Approach to Myth
  • Archaeological Mysteries of North America
  • Indigenous Archaeology
  • The Archaeology of Death: Burial Practices from Around the World
  • Introduction to Human Osteology
  • Cultural Resource Management in Archaeology (known as CRM: Archaeology as a Business)
  • Children in the Ancient World
  • Digital Heritage and Archaeology
  • Who Owns the Past?

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


  • field archaeologist
  • artefact analyst
  • lab technician
  • collections curator
  • historical preservation specialist
  • technical writer
  • archaeological site surveyor
  • cultural heritage assessor
  • GIS specialist
  • program director
  • public archaeologist
  • forensic analyst
  • community relations coordinator
  • crime scene investigator
  • exhibit designer
  • geoarchaeologist
  • historical interpreter
  • librarian
  • tour/park guide
  • underwater archaeologist
  • urban planner

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$27,860.00 (16,36,898) per year
Full-time tuition: CAN $27,860 - CAN $31,930. Please note this fee is for 2020 - 2021 and subject to change in the coming year.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

3 January 2022


Wilfrid Laurier University

Waterloo Campus,

75 University Avenue West,


Ontario (ON),

N2L 3C5, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have completed an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent qualification. English language requirement: Internet-based testing (TOEFL iBT): an overall score of 83 or higher with a minimum score of 20 in each component; Paper-based testing: 560 overall, IELTS: An academic score of 6.5 or higher with a minimum of 6.0 in each band, PTE: 59 overall or higher, CAE: Overall score of 176.

For international students

Students must have the following:

  • Minimum admission range of low 70s.
  • Competitive admission range of low 80s.
  • English at 60%.

International Baccalaureate Requirements

  • HL or SL English at 3.
  • IB Minimum Score: 26.

English Proficiency

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Internet-based testing (TOEFL iBT): an overall score of 83 or higher with a minimum score of 20 in each component; Paper-based testing: 560 or higher.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - An academic score of 6.5 or higher with a minimum of 6.0 in each band.

Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) - 70 overall or higher (each band 60 or higher).

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) - 59 overall or higher.

Cambridge Assessment English (CAE) - Overall score of 176.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Algonquin College

About Wilfrid Laurier University

Studying at Laurier goes beyond being a great student at a top-rated university; it’s about being ready to take on whatever the future holds.

  • 95% graduates secured employment or went on to PG studies
  • 1:25 faculty to student ratio
  • Home of Canada’s largest business degree co-op program
  • Vibrant campuses in cities in Ontario, close to the US