Why choose the University of Evansville’s archaeology and art history program?

  • Gain vocational skills that lead to meaningful employment in professional archaeology, museums, libraries and archives, law, business, education, publishing, and more.

  • Learn from professional archaeologists who are actively engaged in research on Mediterranean sites, who are dedicated to undergraduate instruction, and who have been awarded recognition for their teaching at a college, university, and national level.

  • Excavate at Tin City on UE’s campus, at Jezreel in Israel, and at locations in the US and abroad.

  • Gain valuable experience and course credit as archaeology and art history majors by interning at local, regional, and national museums and cultural sites.

  • Learn about historical preservation and modern architecture by working as a tour guide/docent at the campus’ own historical home designed by Evansville native William Wesley Peters, who was Frank Lloyd Wright’s favorite apprentice and later, son-in-law.

  • Enjoy the opportunity to study abroad at Harlaxton College or at other locations around the world.

Additionally, UE’s close-knit department is one of few Mediterranean archaeology programs in the region and unusual in that it grants a BA in archaeology. The archaeology major concentrates on ancient Mediterranean, Near East, and Western Europe. The department’s art history major offers a focus on Western art from the Renaissance to the 20th century, but also provides exposure to the art of China and Japan. Many of the department’s majors take the regularly offered Museum and Gallery Studies course, which focuses on key contemporary issues in archaeology, art history, and classical studies.

The academic profile of archaeology and art history students is high. Every semester, approximately 20 students make the Dean's List. Students seek out and have been awarded competitive undergraduate scholarships from the National Science Foundation, National Park Service, and UExplore Undergraduate Research. With a pool of motivated students like these, the department has produced many successful alumni who work in an array of fields.

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