What will I learn?

Boston University is a leading center for the study of archaeology. We offer students the opportunity to work with faculty in the field, the laboratory, and the classroom in order to pursue their study of archaeology. A major asset of our program is the city of Boston itself. With its many museums and libraries, and a vast wealth of historical sites and landmarks, the city provides students with a venue for sophisticated and exciting study. We offer a major and minor in Archaeology as well as a combined BA/MA in Archaeology.

Career Opportunities

An undergraduate degree in archaeology is preparation for study or professional development in almost any field. If you are interested in a career in archaeology—in research, higher education, museum work, or cultural resource management—you will need an advanced degree, and your undergraduate degree from Boston University will put you in a competitive position for admission to a graduate program. And if you decide to pursue another career, the broad range of studies in our undergraduate program, with its strong focus on the liberal arts, represents excellent preparation for any career, from law, business, and medicine to education and beyond. Archaeologists attract considerable interest from employers in areas like publishing, government service, management, and foreign service because of their diversity of skills and breadth of knowledge.

Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with a major in Archaeology are able to:

Demonstrate knowledge of archaeological theory and of the archaeological record of multiple world regions.
Use analytical methods from archaeology to understand past human cultures.
Conduct archaeological field research and scientific analyses to investigate material remains.
Discuss contemporary debates concerning the study and understanding of the past, including ethical issues relevant to preservation.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (Minimum of 128 credits)

Tuition fees
US$54,720.00 per year
Start date

21 January 2020, 2 September 2020


College of Arts and Sciences

725 Commonwealth Avenue,



02215, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements: TOEFL Paper Based score range of at least 577-600.

For international students

Apply as a first-year student if you are currently in your last year of high school, have completed high school, are a GED recipient, or have completed a high school equivalency exam.

English Proficiency Testing Results:

Students who are most competitive for admission will have a composite score of at least 90-100 and minimum scores of 20 in each section.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - A total/overall score of 7 or higher will also satisfy BU’s English Language proficiency requirement for all programs.

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